PORTLAND — The John T. Gorman Foundation plans soon to accept applications for its 2022 Direct Services Grant Program.

This year’s application period is scheduled to open Tuesday, Feb. 1, and close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 1.

Foundation staff will hold a virtual information session at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, to take questions on the program and walk through the application process.

The program will make $1.5 million in grants available to nonprofits that offer essential services and assistance to low-income Maine people. A portion of funding will be directed to programs that specifically meet the needs of older Mainers.

“The prolonged pandemic continues to make it difficult for too many Maine people to access food, shelter, health care, and other essentials. This includes older Mainers who have been disproportionately affected by isolation and barriers to services,” said Foundation Program Associate Lauralee Raymond, according to a news release from the foundation. “We’re privileged to provide these funds to community organizations throughout the state so they can reach more Mainers at this time of incredible need.”

The foundation’s annual Direct Services Grant Program supports organizations that are addressing the basic needs of vulnerable Mainers, such as food, shelter, clothing, physical and mental health, and transportation. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded.

To register, email [email protected]. For more information, visit jtgfoundation.org.

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