How the Foundation is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic


While the Sam L. Cohen Foundation has already distributed $520,000 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are committed to providing $1 million in 2020 to organizations and programs serving populations most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. Moving forward we will be adjusting guidelines and increasing available monies for our Fall 2020 Responsive Grant cycle so that we may better meet the needs of our grantees and communities. Contact Foundation staff if you have any questions about eligibility or the application process


Fall 2020 Responsive Grant Eligibility Requirements


  • must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; using a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a church, synagogue, temple or mosque; or a political subdivision of the State of Maine that is exempt from federal tax
  • must be located in and/or provide programs or services with direct impact on people in Cumberland and/or York counties, Maine
  • must have submitted the final grant report if you received a grant previously from the Foundation
  • must NOT have received a grant from the Foundation in the previous calendar year We are waiving this requirement for our Fall 2020 cycle only.

Organizations that applied for and received a grant in our Spring 2020 grant cycle are not eligible to apply for our Fall 2020 grant cycle.

Priority will be given to organizations and projects that:

  • directly respond to populations most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • support the under served, disadvantaged, or those who do not have the resources to provide opportunities for themselves
  • make a significant difference in people's lives, assuring them a fulfilling and productive future
  • promote human rights and understanding among peoples, address racial and religious discrimination and hatred, and foster peace through education
  • demonstrate a broad base of community support, and/or
  • use collaboration as a means to leverage resources.