HELPING THE HELPERS DURING A CRISIS
UMC is here to support the Midcoast nonprofit community. Below are steps we’ll be taking in response to the coronavirus crisis here in our Midcoast community.
NEW – Rapid Response Fund
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMC has established a Rapid Response Fund. 100% of all donations received will go out as support for local nonprofits that are meeting the immediate needs of individuals seeking help in Knox and Waldo counties. The Fund is intended to provide stopgap support and anticipates the likelihood that local nonprofits will find themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for their services. Donations are now being accepted toward this fund.
Nonprofits seeking Rapid Response funding should email Megan with their need.
Fast-Tracking 2020 Grant Awards
While we realize the importance of urgent and responsive funds, we also recognize the significance of ongoing operating funds for organizations dealing with the current situation. In that light, UMC will maintain the March 31 deadline for its regular annual grant submissions but will accelerate this year’s review process and aim to distribute the 2020 grants by June, three months ahead of the usual distribution schedule. Getting funds distributed quickly to those working on providing food, housing, healthcare, and other basic needs to our community is UMC’s highest priority.
This accelerated schedule may impact the total grant funding. However, if UMC can raise additional grant funds after the June awards, we may make a further distribution in the fall.
If current circumstances prevent your organization from meeting the March 31 deadline, please email email@example.com as soon as possible so we can look at other options.
Removing Restrictions on 2019 Grants
In response to the current, unforeseen needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, UMC is waiving all restrictions on our 2019 grants. If your organization’s grant was for general operating support or for a particular program, it is now entirely unrestricted.
This means that nonprofit grantees working on the front lines may now use 2019 grant awards for whatever will allow the organization to continue providing its much-needed services to our communities in this unprecedented situation.
We know circumstances are rapidly changing, so we encourage our community to reach out with suggestions, questions, or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always stronger together.
Checks may also be mailed to: UMC – RRF at 87 Elm St #205, Camden, ME 04843
If you would like information on making a stock gift or EFT/ACH transfer, please email: megan (at) unitedmidcoastcharities.org.