Programs & Services

Caregiver Mini-Grant Opportunities

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging has mini-grants available for community groups, businesses, and individuals concerned about family and friends who assist older adults (age 60 and over) or persons with dementia. Funds may also be used to develop programs or supports for kinship parents, age 55 and over, who are raising minor children. Kinship parents are often grandparents, but can be other relatives or friends.

Program Goals

SMAA is looking to collaborate with organizations or individuals who will work with us to create a project or program that will identify and serve family caregivers. Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded through a competitive Request for Collaboration (RFC) process. Mini-grant programs should supplement existing resources rather than compete with them. Successful RFCs are those that provide new services or supports, serve caregivers not currently connected to available resources, or help family caregivers self-identify earlier in their caregiving careers.

Funds can be used to provide services along any or all of the following guidelines:

  • Information about services
  • Assistance with access to services
  • Individual counseling
  • Support groups
  • Caregiver training
  • Respite care
  • Other services or supports that make caregiving easier or reduce caregiver stress

Application Submission

RFC submissions for the 2010-11 award period will be accepted between July 1, 2010 and October 1, 2010.

To review the application or submit a paper copy, click here to download a pdf version.

To submit an electronic application immediately, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Program Budget worksheet here. You will be uploading this file during the next step, so it's best to complete it before moving to step 2. If you wish to see the entire application form before completing the budget worksheet, you can download the pdf version of the application above.
  2. File your application immediately using our online form here. You will receive an email confirmation with a copy of your application once you submit it.

Notification of grant awards will take place by November 1, 2010.

Projects / programs for this award period should be completed by June 30, 2011.

For more information or to discuss project ideas, contact Ann O'Sullivan at SMAA: 1-800-427-7411, or

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