A notice is sent to the P. Shaw Sprague family in August each year asking for grant requests. Only grants requests submitted by sponsoring family members are considered for donation. Active financial or volunteer support of the organization by the sponsoring family member is an important criteria in the Trustees’ decision making. The Foundation is not a substitute for individual family member giving. 

In 2013 the Foundation awarded 54 grants totalling nearly $160,000. 


Gift Purpose

317 Main Street Community Music Center

Music education to those with economic need
Add Verb Support of publications
American Chestnut Foundation, Maine Chapter General operating support
Bowdoin Rowing Club General operating support
Calvert School General operating support
Camp Ketcha Construction of a horse shelter
Cape Elizabeth Fire Department Replacement of defibrillator unit
Cape Elizabeth High School Scholarship Program
Cape Elizabeth Land Trust General operating support
Cape Elizabeth Police Department Assistance with purchase of mobile radio
Cape Elizabeth WET Team Upgrade of navigation equipment
Carlisle Charitable Foundation Hippotherapy scholarships
Charles E. Thomas Memorial Library - Prouts Neck General operating support
Children's Museum of Maine General operating support
Cobscook Community Learning Center General operating support
Compass Project | Spurwink Boat building project
Dana Hall School General operating support
Fort Williams Foundation | Arboretum Children's Garden at the arboretum
Good Shepherd Food Bank Backpack program at Saccarappa Elementary, Westbrook
Greater Portland Landmarks Support for preservation services program
Gulf of Maine Research Institute Support of 5th & 6th graders participation in Adventure Program
Hardy Girls Healthy Women General operating support
Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts Honorarium for commencement speaker
Learning Works Riverton Family Literacy Initiative
Lifeflight Foundation Training of medical personnel to care for children with trauma
Madeira School General operating support
Maine Audubon Society Educational outreach for Piping Plovers
Maine College of Art General operating support
Maine Farmland Trust Beginning farmer program in Cumberland County
Maine Historical Society Exhibit: Wadsworth-Longfellow House and the making of Portland
Maine Huts & Trails Youth environmental & experiential programs
Maine Medical Center Spiritual Program Interfaith on-call service
Maine Preservation Annual appeal
Maine Sea Coast Mission | EdGE EdGE Annual appeal
Nonesuch Oar and Paddle Club General operating support
Planned Parenthood Maine Health Centers and Charity Care Program
Portland Ballet General operating support
Portland Museum of Art Program Support
Preble Street Resource Center Emergency Food Programs
Prouts Neck Sanctuary Annual appeal
Riding to the Top Equine assisted initiatives and therapies
Sail Maine Additional floats to accommodate more boats
St. James Church General operating support
St. Mark's Church General operating support
Scarborough Fire Department Items to support ATV transport
Scarborough Land Trust Replacement of roof on the Long Bard at Broadturn Farm
School Year Abroad General operating support
Small Woodland Owners Association Annual appeal
Tabor Academy General operating support
Tate House Museum Conservation assessment program
Thomas Memorial Library General operating support
Victoria Mansion Development & implementation of new exhibit
Wayfinder Schools General operating support
Waynflete School General operating support