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The Davis Family Foundation does not use a pre-proposal or letter of inquiry process but receives applications and related material directly from eligible applicants as outlined in the submission guidelines.

Submission deadlines: February 10, May 10, August 10 and November 10.  Applications must be received in the foundation's office by the deadline date. 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.


Only organizations determined to be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and "not a private foundation" under Section 509(a) of the code are eligible to apply for funding.

The foundation supports predominantly Maine-based organizations. Rarely are grants awarded to organizations in other New England states. The foundation does not accept applications from organizations outside of New England.

The 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 that 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.)

Educational Priorities:  In addition to the regular areas of giving, the Foundation is particularly interested in three priority areas:

  • Early childhood education programs that promote school readiness and grade level reading by end of 3rd grade
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs that teach and engage students
  • Middle school programs that offer effective alternative methods of education

Medical Organizations: hospitals, clinics and medical research organizations. Grant requests will also be considered 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.


The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, religious programs or fellowships.  The Foundation does not normally provide support for annual giving campaigns or general operating needs (including ongoing salary).  Grants to endowment campaigns have a low priority.  Unless there are compelling reasons to do so, the Foundation does not award multiple-year grants.  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.

For more information regarding eligibility, funding objectives and submission guidelines, please review the application form or FAQs.