Hospice Fund

Grant dollars awarded in last grant cycle: $17,679
Number of grants awarded: 4
Average grant award: $4,420
Total applications received: 7
Percentage of applicants that received grants: 57%
Application deadline: February 15

Recent grants from the Hospice Fund


For over 30 years Hospice of Maine provided hospice volunteers and bereavement services to clinical hospice programs. Based on the changing environment and in an effort to strengthen and unify hospice services in southern Maine, in January 2006, the Hospice of Maine’s direct service programs were transferred to VNA Home Health Care and Hospice of Southern Maine who are both working to create and expand their full service hospice programs. As part of this transition, Hospice of Maine decided to use its remaining assets to create this Hospice Fund in a manner consistent with the mission and philosophy of Hospice of Maine and the intention of its supporters.


The purpose of the fund is to support hospice services in southern Maine, in particular by funding programs that support volunteer and bereavement services in Cumberland and York Counties. The advisory committee will give preference to innovative projects that focus on increasing the utilization of end of life services and/or increasing the quality of end-of-life services. The fund is not intended to support general operations.


High priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Support collaborative efforts among hospice programs and other community groups that enhance training; provide recognition; and or increase the recruitment of diverse volunteers for hospice
  • Raise community awareness of hospice services
  • Increase hospice volunteer coordinators’ capacity to interact with volunteers

Grants are not intended to support general operations.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements. In addition, please note that:

  • Grants cannot pay for program expenses that have already been incurred.
  • Grants will not be made for capital projects or to individuals or endowments.

How to Apply

Online applications must be completed by February 15 at 11:59 p.m.

If you have questions or would like to discuss an idea before submitting a proposal, please contact Laura Lee, senior program officer, via e-mail or by phone at (207) 412-0838.

Project Progress Report

All grant recipients are required to submit a Project Progress Report approximately 10 months after receiving payment of the grant. Reports are submitted through the online system. Select the Online Grant Application tab at the top of the web page and log into your account to access the form. Organizations that fail to file a progress report will not be eligible for future funding from Maine Community Foundation competitive grant programs for one year or until the missing report is filed.