Special Grant Program

Responding to human need
The Tramuto Foundation's special grants are awarded to two (2) organizations helping either an individual or community overcome a serious challenge.

To us, a grant is a chance to start over again—an opportunity to thwart adversity and injustice, wherever it occurs, and let human potential, be it that of individuals or of distinct populations, thrive once again.

The grants we award are in the spirit of compassion and empathy. We believe in assisting organizations that have demonstrated these qualities, along with dedication and ingenuity that have helped affect positive change within communities or in individuals who have faced adversity or overcome personal challenges.

Beginning in 2014, more than $400,000 will be dispersed to a total of four recipients over the next three to five years from the charitable foundation Tramuto established in 2002 to improve educational opportunities for the disadvantaged and expand access to high quality healthcare services.

Here are some of the grants we’ve been working on over the past year.

Robert F. Kennedy Center Receives grant from Tramuto Foundation

We’re delighted to announce that we have awarded The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights grants that will total $200,000 over the next three-to-five years. These grants will help them continue to advance international human rights and further RFK’s vision of a world that’s just for all.

In acknowledging the grant, RFK Center President Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, said, “My father believed with all his heart that ‘one person can make a difference and every one should try’ and Donato has taken his words to heart. We are all enormously grateful for his commitment to human rights.”

The other 2014 Tramuto Foundation grant recipients include:

  • $5,000 for the next three years to the Ogunquit, ME Museum of American Art. The grant will fund the creation of an experimental program for children in grades 3-5 who are hearing impaired.
  • $75,000 over the next three years to the Frannie Peabody Center. The funding will endow the development and implementation of an enhanced model of care for immigrants living with HIV/AIDS in Maine.
  • $100,000 to endow a scholarship fund for outstanding international students at the Boston University School of Public Health.

The initial installment of grants began in March 2014 and will culminate with the Tramuto Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Gala on October 1, 2016, a celebration of the organization Tramuto created in memory of two friends and their son who were aboard Flight 175 on September 11, 2001.

By 2016, the Tramuto Foundation will have awarded $1 million in grants to organizations that bring educational opportunities and state-of-the-art healthcare to the disadvantaged and those in underserved areas.

We’d like to hear what you need.

We’re always interested in talking with organizations that share our goal of hearing and responding to the needs of people facing adversity or personal challenges.

  • Download the 2017 special grant application here. Special grants application Deadline: January 15, 2017

Here are some of the organizations we’ve helped with grants:

  • Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation hearing devices
  • Maine Special Olympics
  • Cambodia – The Sharing Foundation
  • Leukemia Society
  • Katrina
  • 3 Family’s
  • Walden Street School Foundation
  • Windbrush Farm
  • State of Maine Foster Children Program
  • AIDS Seacoast Foundation
  • American Diabetes Association
  • The Friends Project
  • Frannie Peabody Center
  • Seacoast Hospice
  • Camp Sunshine
  • Gastro-Intestinal Research
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund


Hearing Human Need

This isn’t just what we do.
We believe it’s our duty as citizens of the world. Attuned to people and the challenges they face, be it here in Maine, or across oceans, our goal is to make resources available to individuals and communities in need through collaborative partnerships.

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