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The Foundation accepts applications only from organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and not private foundations under Section 509(a) of the code. The Foundation has a 509(a)(3) foundation status and is prohibited from making grants to other 509(a)(3) organizations.   

The Davis Family Foundation only supports organizations whose primary purpose falls within one of the following categories: 

Educational Organizations:  Colleges, universities, and other educational institutions.  (Grants are not made to public elementary and secondary schools, nor to schools which receive financial support from a church or other religious organization. Trustees will consider requests from other educational organizations whose purpose is to promote systemic change in education or provide innovative programs whose objectives are to improve education.)

Medical Organizations: Hospitals, clinics and medical research organizations. Trustees will consider requests from other similar health organizations for programs designed to increase the effectiveness or decrease the cost of medical care.

Cultural/Arts Organizations: Organizations whose customary and primary activity is to promote music, theater, drama, history, literature, the arts or other similar cultural activities.

Applicants must complete the application corresponding to the category that represents their organization's primary purpose.  This is not necessarily the primary purpose of the proposed project.

Geographic Priorities
  1. Southern Maine
  2. Other parts of Maine
  3. Other parts of New England are a low priority

The Foundation does not accept applications from organizations outside of New England unless the project is 100% Maine-based.

Fiscal Sponsorships

In the case of fiscal sponsorships, additional information is required and the applicant must contact the Foundation office for further discussion.

We do not fund
  • Individuals
  • Religious programs
  • Fellowships
  • Loans
  • Annual giving campaigns
  • Organizations with a project which may be aligned with the Foundation’s funding categories, but whose primary mission is not
  • Organizations outside of New England, unless the project is 100% Maine based
  • Public elementary and secondary schools
  • Charter schools, although requests for startup funds are eligible.
  • Schools which receive financial support from a church or other religious organizations
  • Health/Medical organizations with no licensed clinician

 We are unlikely to fund

  • Endowments
  • General operating expenses and/or administrative expenses (including ongoing salaries such as a percentage of an Executive Director's salary)
  • Multi-year grants
  • Re-granting projects
  • Scholarships
Organizations that receive a grant are required to wait 24 months from the deadline date before submitting subsequent requests.  In addition, declined applicants should not submit a request for the same project within 12 months from the deadline date.
Submission Deadlines
Applications must be submitted online by February 10, May 10, August 10 and November 10 by 5:00 pm EST.  Applications for deadlines that fall on a holiday or weekend must be received by the next business day. The Foundation does not accept applications via e-mail or mail.
For more information regarding eligibility, funding objectives and submission guidelines, please review the FAQs.