MaineCF’s Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund awards $170,000 in grants

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund at the Maine Community Foundation has awarded 33 grants totaling $170,000 to nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged, underserved, and/or vulnerable communities in Maine.

Grants include:

  • Community Dental, Portland, to provide oral healthcare to low-income patients through the Low Income Oral Health Access Program in Community Dental’s Biddeford center
  • Jobs for Maines Graduates, Augusta, to ensure the 1,400 JMG students receive personal and educational support
  • LearningWorks, Portland, for LearningWorks Afterschool, an afterschool STEM program for 2nd-5th graders attending Title I schools that boosts literacy and math skills and social-emotional wellbeing.

The Brain Foundation Fund awards grants to nonprofits that focus on individuals who live in Greater Portland, Lewiston/Auburn, Bath/Brunswick, Biddeford/Saco/Sanford, or to organizations with a statewide mission. Grants support early childhood care and education, extended day learning, community health clinics, oral health initiatives, hunger prevention and food security, homelessness alleviation and legal services connected to these areas.

The next deadline for applications is April 9, 2022. For more information, visit the foundation’s website or contact Program Officer John Ochira at or (207) 412-0837.

David and Frances Brain established the Frances Hollis Brain Foundation in 1993 to address social issues and encourage the family’s future generations to contribute to the well-being of their communities in Maine, Georgia and Kentucky.