If you are considering approaching The Bingham Program for funding, it is required that you call first to describe your proposed project. Program staff can help you determine whether your proposal falls within The Bingham Program’s funding priorities. Generally our funding is not for something that would be considered a core business of an organization, for example, money needed for converting to electronic records or recruitment of hard to fill staff positions. Rather we are looking for models, new services that have the potential
for replicability. The Bingham Program will not fund: capital campaigns, direct or reimbursable services, individual scholarships or grants. We generally do not fund equipment or one-time conferences unless there is a plan for developing action after the conference that will lead to health policy or systems change.
The Advisory Committee of The Bingham Program considers large grant proposals twice a year and discretionary grants, those for $5,000 or less, on an on-going basis. Large grant proposals should be submitted electronically by 5pm on the following dates: October 1 and April 1. Should a date fall on a weekend, submit proposals on the following Monday.
A budget form for use by both large and small grant seekers is provided at the bottom of this page. You may use it or your own providing you supply the requested information.
Proposals, whether for a large grant or a discretionary one, must be submitted on-line. Attachments can accompany the proposal as Word documents. If you do not have the capacity to scan the organization’s 501 (c)(3) document, it can be sent by mail (61 Winthrop St., Augusta, 04330) or by fax (622.1458). DO NOT FAX YOUR ENTIRE PROPOSAL. If you experience difficulty sending attachments or the cover page, please send us an email before the deadline. The attachments can be sent in the email.
To talk with Karen Heck or Lisa Miller about a possible submission, please call 622.2085.
Eligible Applicants - The Bingham Program welcomes requests from organizations or consortia to fund programs that serve Maine residents, health professionals and/or will result in changes in health systems and health policy.
Grants are generally awarded to organizations that have qualified for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Consortia that represent both non-profit and for-profit entities may apply for grants, provided that the applicant and lead agency are non-profit. Tribal communities are also eligible to apply.
Discretionary Grant applicants should fill out the on-line application and submit no more than a 2 page request that briefly describes the project, its importance, the goal and objectives, collaborative partners if applicable and the timeframe for completion.
Regular Grants - Twice a year, The Bingham Program reviews proposals generally ranging from $6,000 to $25,000 per year. Occasionally higher amounts are awarded. Multi-year proposals of up to three years are accepted but the project should demonstrate logical growth over time.
Proposal Format for regular grants - Proposals may be up to eight pages in length and should be created with a serif font that is at least 12 pt. with page margins that are at least 1" on every side. Applicants may apply for one to three years of funding, although multiyear grants are awarded less frequently. Up to two attachments are permitted (see notes under budget form for how to submit them).
Describe your request (covering the following points)
A brief problem/asset statement: What problems, needs, or issues does your proposal address?
Describe the program or project for which you seek funding, why you decided to pursue this project and whether it is a new or on-going part of your organization.
What are the goals, objectives and activities/strategies involved in this proposal? A timeline is often helpful to describe your work over time.
Describe the significance of your project: Will it achieve systemic change? Does it introduce a new service or program? Will it serve as a model program for other organizations or communities? How does your program fit into the funding priorities of The Bingham Program?
What are the positive assets of your organization or community that lead you to believe you can address these problems effectively?
How will you evaluate your work and what, if anything, do you plan to use the results for?
Will your program or project continue after Bingham Program funding ends? How will you sustain critical program activities?
Here is a suggested format for your budget information. Please send the budget as an attachment (either in Word or Excel) with the rest of your proposal by attaching the document in the appropriate box on the application cover page. Please also check the orientation of the page to see if it can fit in a more readable way if it is in the landscape orientation.
* Please list other prospective funders for the program/project and the amounts to be requested. Indicate any sources which are already committed.
** For each staff position, list wage and time on project
*** List type of consultant
**** Be sure there is an explanation of how equipment is relevant to this project either here or in the narrative.
A list of the Board of Trustees, Board of Directors, Steering Group, or Community Advisory Committee for your project.
No more than two other attachments are permitted. The website won't allow you to submit two additional attachments at this time so you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Proposal attachments" in the subject line or convert the two documents to one pdf and submit them with the cover sheet online. Sorry for the inconvenience.