The Bingham Program welcomes requests from organizations or consortia to fund programs that serve Maine residents, health professionals and/or will result in changes in health systems and health policy. Grants are generally awarded to organizations that have qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Consortia that represent both non-profit and for-profit entities may apply for grants, provided that the applicant and lead agency are non-profit. Tribal communities are also eligible to apply.

For the next few years, we will be focusing our efforts in the area of early childhood policy and prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences with a focus on policy development and implementation efforts, not necessarily in the health field. Cross-sector efforts on both the community and state levels also interest us. In addition, we have always been interested in helping innovative seed efforts that have the potential to grow and sustain themselves and are continuing to look for projects with that focus. To save you time and effort, we require you to call us first to pitch your proposal.

Dates and Deadlines:

The Advisory Committee of The Bingham Program considers large grant proposals twice a year and discretionary grants, those for $5,000 or less, on an on-going basis. Large grant proposals should be submitted electronically by 5pm on the following dates: October 1 and April 1. Should a date fall on a weekend, submit proposals on the following Monday.


If you are considering approaching The Bingham Program for funding, please follow the following steps: 

You must call first to describe your proposed project.  Program staff can help you determine whether your proposal falls within The Bingham Program’s funding priorities. Generally our funding is not for something that would be considered a core business of an organization, for example, money needed for converting to electronic records, expansion of programs or recruitment of hard to fill staff positions.  Rather we are looking for models or new services that have the potential for replicability.  We do not fund capital campaigns, direct or reimbursable services, individual scholarships or grants. We generally do not fund equipment or one-time conferences unless there is a plan for developing action after the conference that will lead to health policy or systems change.

Proposals, whether for a large grant or a discretionary one, must be submitted online. Attachments can accompany the proposal as Word documents. If you experience difficulty sending attachments, please send us an email letting us know and send them in the email.


Proposal formats

Regular grants may be up to eight pages in length and should be created with a serif font that is at least 12 pt. with page margins that are at least 1″ on every side. Applicants may apply for one to three years of funding but for multi-years please describe the progress you expect to make toward sustainability.  Up to two attachments are permitted (see notes under budget form for how to submit them).

Describe your request (covering the following points)

  • A one to two paragraph summary of the request and expected outcome.
  • A brief problem/asset statement: What problems, needs, or issues does your proposal address?
  • A description of  the program or project for which you seek funding, why you decided to pursue this project and whether it is a new or on-going part of your organization.
  • Goals, objectives and activities/strategies involved in this proposal.   A timeline is often helpful to describe your work over time.
  • Describe the significance of your project: Will it achieve systemic change? Does it introduce a new service or program? Will it serve as a model program for other organizations or communities?  How will you share your learning?
  • How will you evaluate your work and for what, if anything, do you plan to use the results?
  • How will your program or project continue after Bingham funding ends? How will you sustain critical program activities?


A list of the Board of Trustees, Board of Directors, Steering Group, or Community Advisory Committee for your project.