A foundation started by the late grandson of L.L.Bean’s namesake is giving out nearly $1 million to 62 nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

Programs in all 16 counties serving cancer patients, victims of sexual assault, immigrants, children and the elderly, hungry and homeless populations will receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $23,000 from the John T. Gorman Foundation.

Beneficiaries in southern Maine include Sweetser, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, the South Portland Food Cupboard and Freeport Community Services, among several others.

The foundation, started in 1995, gives out $7.5 million annually, according to a press release Wednesday announcing the grants.

“The social safety net in our state is fraying due to cuts in federal and state funding,” Tony Cipollone, president and chief executive officer of the foundation, said in the press release. “Our hope is that these grants will benefit the thousands of Maine residents who are struggling in a tough economy.”

John Thomas Gorman, the grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, founder of the Freeport-based outdoors and clothing store, grew up in Yarmouth. He died in 2010.

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