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Friends and Colleagues of the Southern Maine Agency on Aging,

As partners in Southern Maine’s Aging Network, we’re excited to announce a unique funding opportunity available that we hope you’ll consider and also share with others who might be eligible. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27, 2020, provides additional funding to states, territories and tribes for the various programs authorized by the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. CARES Act funds will help strengthen services that support the health, safety, and independence of older adults and adults with disabilities challenged by the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.  

To help support the great dedication and drive shared by our friends and community partners, SMAA will serve as a pass-through agent, helping to disseminate CARES funds by making one-time Mini-Grants to organizations delivering vital support services to vulnerable residents of York and Cumberland Counties. 

Funds will be distributed through a competitive grant application process. Organizations may apply for one-time grants of up to $7,500. 

If you represent a community-based organization serving older or disabled Mainers, or their caregivers, that has: seen a significant increase in demand for your services, lost revenue due to closure, lost an ability to fundraise, or have identified financial challenges in returning to full operations post-pandemic, you may be eligible to apply. Priority will be given to those organizations serving underserved populations in York and Cumberland Counties, including those older adults with the greatest social and economic need. Read SMAA’s commitment to racial equity and social justice here.

We invite you to view the application form (PDF) here to learn more about eligibility, timeframe, reporting, and application format. 

We’re so appreciative of the important work you do to support our shared clients and communities. Thank you for your service.

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Megan Walton
Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Chief Executive Officer