The John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $1 million to 60 Maine nonprofit organizations, among them five based in Knox County, through its annual Direct Services Grant Program.

Through this support, the foundation will partner with nonprofits who are working to meet the immediate needs of some of Maine's most vulnerable people.

The foundation is awarding the funding to a diverse array of organizations throughout the state. Mental health and cancer have been core issues traditionally addressed by its Direct Services Grant Program.

This year, in recognition of the increased pressure placed upon many low-income Maine families, the foundation also has allocated a portion of the program's resources to organizations providing essential services such as housing, food, and crisis supports.

"Each year, we're moved by the stories of resiliency we hear from disadvantaged people around the state," said Tony Cipollone, president and CEO of the John T. Gorman Foundation. "We are honored to be able to support organizations that serve them, and hope that these grants help improve the lives of many people in Maine."

Recipient organizations in Knox County are:

  • Area Interfaith Outreach, which operates the AIO Food Pantry in Rockland and provides emergency assistance, $20,000 to provide food and emergency aid to economically distressed people;
  • Knox County Homeless Coalition in Rockland, $25,000  to provide support for mental health programs serving homeless clients;
  • Mid-Coast Health Net in Rockland, $20,000 to increase the number of patients receiving mental health counseling;
  • Penquis Community Action Program in Rockland, $15,000 to provide transportation assistance for individuals who do not have or cannot afford transportation to cancer treatment or support; and
  • Rockland District Nursing Association, which serves people in Rockland, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Owls Head, St. George, Cushing, Warren and Union, $21,000 to provide affordable in-home and community health nursing services to low- to moderate-income seniors;

John T. Gorman, known as Tom, established his namesake foundation to help disadvantaged Mainers. In recent years, the independent, statewide foundation has moved to focus strategically on four key areas: improving educational achievement for children, promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth, helping struggling parents to support their families, and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible.

In 2016, the foundation expects to distribute a total of $7.8 million across all its grant programs and initiatives around the state.

For more information about the John T. Gorman Foundation, visit jtgfoundation.org.