Integration of Environment and Human Well-being Grants

Integration of Environment and Human Well-being (Integrated) grants are made to organizations using, or committed to using, a deliberate, unified approach to enhancing well-being, prosperity and resiliency of people, communities and nature. These grants support work spanning several Healthy People Healthy Places Strategies – in a genuine combination that meets both environmental and human needs resulting in mutual benefit.

Awarded grants may be augmented by capacity/learning support, recognizing that we all have much to learn about how to effectively produce the mutual benefits sought by these grants. Integrated grants may span 12, 24, or 36 months. Grants may support projects/program, general operations, or capital needs. Grant size will vary depending on scale of the proposed work and capacity of the applicant. Applicants are eligible to apply once per calendar year. For those with current multi-year grants, please refer to our FAQs page regarding eligibility.

Please feel free to give us a call at (207) 865-3810, if you have questions regarding your proposal.

 Review Considerations


Grant requests will be evaluated using the Foundation’s General Considerations for grant making and the criteria listed below.  Depth of, and commitment to, integrating environmental and human well-being will be significant factors in grant decisions. 

  • Potential and/or demonstrated impact on Healthy People Healthy Places Strategies
  • Clearly articulated outcomes of strategies and program activities that benefit environmental sustainability, human well-being and social equity.
  • Strong cross-sector engagement as demonstrated by cooperative relationships, activity and reciprocity that results in shared success between the grantee, its partners and the community.
  • Extent to which partnerships deepen the impacts of your work by engaging diverse groups of stakeholders to address complex community issues.
  • Extent to which the connection between human and environmental well-being is reflected throughout the organization in its mission, values, programs, and planning.
  • Extent to which the community impacted is engaged in setting-priorities, planning, making decisions, and leading (including representation on the board, staff, and committees).
  • Commitment to enhancing the connections between human and environmental well-being.
  • Commitment to learning as demonstrated in past and/or current work.

2019 Application Information


Last year we began an assessment of the two main elements of our Healthy People Healthy Places program – Integration of Environment and Human Well-being and Improving Systems for Meeting Basic Human Needs grants – by reviewing data, talking to grantee partners, and looking at program goals and outcomes.  That assessment brought to light several challenges we’ve been working to address, including:  high decline rates, dispersed impact, and limited capacity to engage meaningfully with the many communities we support.  For our 2018 grant cycle, we offered initial guidance to grant-seekers to improve our work in those challenging areas.  See below for links to those reports.

We continue to refine the Healthy People Healthy Places program in order to: clarify the program’s focus, deepen its impact, and better align our grant-related processes with our values.  The refinements process includes exploring ways that the Foundation can prioritize equity, increase program alignment with our values, and strengthen our relationships with Maine people and the environment we share. 

Our work over the next few months will be focused on completing a thoughtful transition plan for the Healthy People Healthy Places program.  By November 1, 2018 we will post on our website further details and guidance for the 2019 Healthy People Healthy Places grant round.  The deadline for grant applications will be January 15, 2019.

We are sensitive to the impacts that shifts in funding programs may mean for our non-profit partners and we are committed to doing our best to minimize adverse impacts that may result from these changes.  The Foundation is grateful for the tremendous efforts by many organizations committed to improving Maine.

Healthy People Healthy Places 2015 – 2017:
General Integrated Program Data & Learnings

Program Area Data & Learnings 2015 – 2017:
Community & Economic Development
Food Systems
Nature-Based Education & Leadership Development
Natural Resource Conservation & Management
Public Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Discourse

2019 Application Period


Information regarding the 2019 application period will be available November 1, 2018.