The Bingham Program funds programs in three areas:
Health Professions Development
Educational and demonstration projects that promote the efficient delivery of appropriate and quality care (e.g. education for health professionals, models of improved service delivery, health workforce planning).
Community Health Programs
Community-based efforts to promote health and wellness, with special emphasis on programs for high risk and underserved groups (e.g. healthy community coalitions, model prevention efforts, consumer health projects).
Public Health Policy Development
Improving Maine's capacity to identify patterns of illness and health, design appropriate population-based services, and develop adequate policies to promote health and prevent disease (e.g. advocacy efforts to improve health care, education of policymakers regarding a specific health issue, health program evaluation efforts).
There are two types of Bingham Program grants available:
Discretionary grants are made throughout the year and awards are up to $5,000. There are no deadlines but grantees should call first to discuss the proposed project.
Program grants are made twice a year and generally range from $6,000 to $25,000. Occasionally higher amounts are awarded. Multi-year proposals of up to three years are accepted but the project should demonstrate logical growth over time. The application deadlines are April 1 and October 1. Grantees must call to discuss the project before submitting a proposal.
The Bingham Program will not fund: capital campaigns, direct or reimbursable services, individual scholarships or grants. We generally do not fund one-time conferences unless there is a plan for developing action after the conference that will lead to health policy or systems change.