Savoy Simpson Search and Rescue Fund

Background and Purpose

The Savoy/Simpson Fund was created in August 2010 by the estate of the late Stacey Simpson Savoy and Bruce G. Savoy of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Both were active volunteers in Maine’s search and rescue groups. Originally a donor-advised fund, the renamed Savoy/Simpson Search and Rescue Fund is now a field-of-interest fund administered by the Maine Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to benefit nonprofit search and rescue organizations in Maine and elsewhere

Types of Support

The Savoy/Simpson Search and Rescue Fund will award two types of grants:  

1. Capacity-building grants: These grants will support activities that improve operations and efficiency for search and rescue organizations. This includes but is not limited to:

  • volunteer and board training and development,
  • materials and equipment purchases,
  • strategic planning with clearly defined goals or outcomes,
  • creation of an endowment fund.

2. Project grants: These grants will support new or expanded projects. Projects are activities with a clear start and end. For example, educational and outreach programs to other organizations or special populations.

Both capacity-building and project grants can be used to support staff time required to accomplish proposed activities. Successful applications will explain how the proposed projects or activities will benefit the organization and/or community. Grants cannot pay for expenses that have already been incurred.

Grant Size

Grants are available for up to $10,000 per organization per year and no more than $50,000 may be given out annually. Requests for up to three years of funding will be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant organization must be one of the following:

  • an SAR management agency in Maine (currently the Maine Warden Service, Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park),
  • the Maine Association for Search and Rescue (MASAR),
  • a MASAR-certified unit,
  • an organization that can demonstrate it is working with one of these groups to develop and implement the proposed project.

All applications must include the federal tax ID (or EIN) of the applicant organization, or an organization that has agreed to serve as its fiscal sponsor. Please review the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements for more information. Eligibility will be determined by MaineCF staff.  Please contact Gloria Aponte-Clarke at or (207) 412-0847 for more information.

Application Procedure

Complete the online grant application by clicking the link in the grant application box at the top right corner of this page. Online applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on June 1.

Project Progress Report

All grant recipients will be required to submit a Project Progress Report approximately 10 months after receiving payment of the grant. Organizations that fail to file a progress report will not be eligible for future funding from Maine Community Foundation competitive grant programs for one year or until the missing report is filed.