2017 Grants

 

Responsive grants are awarded semi-annually in response to proposals submitted through the Foundation's grant application process. The Foundation accepts requests up to $50,000. In 2017, the Sam L. Cohen Foundation awarded 64 responsive grants totaling $934,000. In total, the Foundation considered 192 proposals requesting $3,465,016. The average grant award was $14,594; the smallest grant was $2,500; the largest grant was $40,000.

Foundation-initiated grants are awarded to projects identified by directors and staff. Applications are accepted only at the invitation of the directors. Grant amounts have no limit.

Responsive Grants

Arts Access and Training
Arts and Culture
$ 7,500 
Brunswick
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services - Youth Development
$ 5,000 
Portland
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services - Youth Development
$10,000 
South Portland
Health and Wellness Program Expansion
Health and Human Services 
$20,000
Portland
General Operating Support
Education 
$15,000
Portland
General Operating Support 
Jewish Culture and Traditions
$18,000
Waterville
Maine Conference for Jewish Life
Jewish Culture and Traditions
$ 5,000
General Operating Support
Education
$20,000 
Food Security Strategy
Health and Human Services
$15,000 
Men's Dormitory Replacement Boiler
Health and Human Services
$15,000 
Sharing the History of Maine Jewry
Jewish Culture and Traditions
$ 2,500
Biddeford
Education Program
Arts and Culture
$12,500 
New Leaders and Safer Schools
Civic and Community
$20,000 
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services
$20,000 
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services
$10,000 
Portland
Strategies Lab
Education
$15,000
Portland
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services

$20,000 
South Portland
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services
$ 2,500 
South Portland
A Place for Girls - York County
Health and Human Services - Youth Development
$10,000 
Springvale
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services
$10,000
Portland
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services
$10,000 
Portland
General Operating Support
Civic and Community
$30,000 
Portland
Bridges to Employment (B2E)
Civic and Community
$15,000 
Waterville
Portland Programming
Health and Human Services - Youth Development
$10,000 
Biddeford
General Operating Support
Civic and Community
$10,000
Portland
Successful Transitions for New Mainers
Health and Human Services
$15,000 
Scarborough
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services
$20,000 
Portland
General Operating Support
Civic and Community
$30,000
Portland
JFS Volunteer Coordinator/Inaugural Arts & Culture Series
Jewish Culture and Traditions
$40,000 
Portland
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services
$10,000
Portland
General Operating Support
Civic and Community
$ 5,000
Portland
English Language and Literacy Program
Education
$10,000
Portland
Operations Expansion Support
Health and Human Services
$10,000 
Portland
Youth-at-Risk Partnerships
Arts and Culture
$10,000
Portland
SmilePartners
Health and Human Services
$10,000 
Augusta
General Operating Support
Civic and Community
$25,000
Improving the Economic Security of Maine Women
Civic and Community
$18,000 
Portland
General Operating Support
Arts and Culture
$15,000
Scarborough
Culinary Life-skills Instructional Space
Health and Human Services - Youth Development
$10 000 
Gateway to Opportunity Expansion.
Education
$20,000 
General Operating Support
Civic and Community
$ 5,000
Augusta
Start over, Start Strong
Education
$10,000
Brunswick
Dental Clinic Expansion
Health and Human Services
$20,000 
Portland
LegalServer Implementation
Civic and Community
$30,000
Scarborough
Expansion to Provide Autism Services
Health and Human Services 
$12,500
Portland
PPS Cultural Competency Training
Education
$10,000
Portland
Access to Daytime Performances
Arts and Culture
$ 5,000
Portland
Discovery Concert Series
Arts and Culture
$20,000
Portland
ROLE Expansion
Health and Human Services - Youth Development
$ 7,500
Biddeford
Nourishing Hope
Health and Human Services
$13,500
Otisfield
Maine Seeds
Health and Human Services 
$20,000 
Portland
Basic Needs Funding
Health and Human Services
$10,000
Scarborough
Family Caregiver Support Programs
Health and Human Services
$25,000
Portland
Expanding the SPACE Community
Arts and Culture
$12,500 
Portland
Therapeutic Preschool - Enhancing School Readiness
Education
$20,000 
Portland
Climbing Tower Integration Project
Health and Human Services
$ 6,000
Brunswick
General Operating Support
Health and Human Services
$15,000
South Portland
Family Resiliency Pilot
Health and Human Services
$35,000
Bridgton
Maine Camperships, Summer 2018
Health and Human Services
$ 7,500
Brunswick
Friendship Hill House Renovation
Health and Human Services 
$ 6,000 

 

 

Foundation-initiated Grants 

Organization/Location
Project/Funding Category
Amount
Portland
Decreasing Chronic Absenteeism
Education
$  5,000 
Kennebunk
Keep York County Warm!
Health and Human Services
$10,000   
Augusta
Strengthening Maine's Early Childhood System
Education
$ 50,000
Portland
2017 Consultant Contribution
Education
$  6,000
Portland
Waterville Festival 2018
Jewish Culture and Tradition
$  8,333
Maine Oral Health Funders
Augusta
Consultant Contribution
Health and Human Services
$  7,000
Portland
Attract, Build, Retain: Talent for Maine
Civic and Community
$  2,500
Portland
Cradle to Career Collaborative
Education
$ 25,000
Portland
2018 Programming
Education
$ 20,000
South Portland
Heating Assistance
Health and Human Services
$ 17,500
Portland
Keep ME Warm
Health and Human Services
$ 10,000
Honolulu, HI
Sam L. Cohen International Human Rights Fellowship
Civic and Community
$ 45,000
Portland
Sam L. Cohen Refugee and Human Rights Clinical Professorship
Civic and Community
$500,000
Sanford
Heating Assistance
Health and Human Services
$  7,500