PORTLAND — A Portland-based charitable foundation announced today it will award $1.4 million to non-profit organizations throughout Maine.

Tony Cipollone, President and Chief Executive Officer of The John T. Gorman Foundation, said 63 non-profits have qualified to receive funds from its Critical Support Grants Program.

The effort is designed to help the agencies address the needs of disadvantaged residents with housing, food, transportation, education, health and mental health services.

Founded by John T. (Tom) Gorman Jr. in 1995, the foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of disadvantaged and underserved Maine residents, including those suffering from mental illness and cancer.

The foundation received 196 applications, totaling more than $11 million in requests for aid.