Community Benefit & Sponsorship Program

Northern Light Health is committed to making healthcare work better for our patients and communities. Partnering with organizations to address community health needs and making strategic investments that improve health and quality of life for the people of Maine, is one way that we make a difference for those we serve. 

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This Community Benefit and Sponsorship application targets statewide and multi-county initiatives

Learn more about the application process and decision timeline to ensure your project meets the Northern Light Health’s Community Benefit and Sponsorship criteria. If your organization is looking for local funding (town or one county specific), please see our section on Local Sponsorship Opportunities. 

Northern Light Health reviews requests on a triannual basis and funding is subject to availability at the time of the request. If approved, the organization receiving the funds must submit an invoice as well as any other required documents to process the award. Application timelines are as follows:

Last date to submit application:

Applicants notified on:

November 1

December 1

February 1

March 1

May 1

June 1

 

Projects funded by Northern Light Health are to be completed and reported upon before the end of the fiscal year in which they were approved (October 1 – September 30). 

If funding for a project is time sensitive, please reach out to Melony Archer at mrarcher@northernlight.org or at (207) 973-6564

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Applications must meet the following criteria to be considered for support:
  • Must reach or serve community members statewide or across multiple counties.


Projects must align with one or more of the following community impact categories:

  • Northern Light Health community health improvement priorities

    • Substance Use: Improve pathways to prevention, treatment, and recovery
    • Social Determinants of Health: Increase access to transportation, safe and affordable housing, food security
    • Mental Health: Ensure children and families have the mental and behavioral health resources they need to thrive
  • Improve access to healthcare or community services, especially for vulnerable and underserved people.

    • Includes initiatives which advance health equity, social justice, and inclusion

  • Build community and improve quality of life

    • Includes economic, workforce or community leadership development, environmental sustainability and public access to the arts


If you would like to discuss your project before applying, or are unsure if your project fits with our giving criteria, please reach out to Doug Michael, AVP, Community Health and Grants at dmichael@northernlight.org

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Applicants should be aware of the following: 

  • Only nonprofit organizations (501 (c)(3), or other designated) may apply for sponsorship 

  • Funding awarded to organization(s) for one year does not guarantee funding in future years. 

  • Generally, we only accept one request from an organization per fiscal year (October 1 - September 30) 

  • Requests are reviewed throughout the fiscal year and funding is subject to availability at the time of the request. 

  • Projects funded by Northern Light Health are to be completed and reported on before the end of the fiscal year in which they were approved (October 1 - September 30).

  • Applications are to be submitted via the link provided. Handwritten or paper applications will not be accepted for review. (If you are in need of assistance with an online submission, please contact Melony Archer at mrarcher@northernlight.org or at (207) 973-6564)

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Tier one: (up to $999)

  • Submission of an itemized budget outlining how the funding will be used
     

Tier two: ($1,000- $4,999)

  • Submission of an itemized budget outlining how the funding will be used

  • Within 30 days of completion of the project/event, the submission of a brief report is required

  • If applicable, co-branding or public recognition of the sponsorship will be required


Tier Three: ($5,000-$10,000)

  • Significant initiatives which address Northern Light Health Community Health Improvement Priorities
    • ​Substance Use: Improve pathways to prevention, treatment, and recovery
    • Social Determinants of Health: Increase access to transportation, safe and affordable housing, food security
    • Mental Health: Ensure children and families have the mental and behavioral health resources they need to thrive
    • Equity & Inclusion: Initiatives that advance health equity, social justice, and inclusive access to healthcare or community services for vulnerable people
    • Climate Resilience: Initiatives which mitigate the impacts of climate change and foster environmental sustainability
  • Submission of an itemized budget outlining how the funding will be used
  • Within 30 days of completion of the project/event, the submission of the impact report will be required. This will include a photo of the event demonstrating how it has positively impacted the community.

  • Co-branding and/or recognition of Northern Light Health sponsorship will be required

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If your event or sponsorship request does not reach individuals statewide or throughout multiple counties, please see below for our local sponsorship opportunities in an area near you.


Acadia Hospital (Penobscot County)


AR Gould Hospital (Aroostook County)


Blue Hill Hospital (Hancock County)


CA Dean Hospital (Piscataquis County)


Eastern Maine Medical Center (Penobscot County)


Home Care and Hospice (Cumberland County)


Inland Hospital (Kennebec County)


Maine Coast Hospital (Hancock County)


Mayo Hospital (Piscataquis County)


Mercy Hospital (Cumberland County)


Sebasticook Valley Hospital (Somerset County)

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Community Benefit and Sponsorship Application