Grant Program Information

UMC provides grants to local nonprofits for general operational budgets and programming. Program grants are reviewed on an annual basis, but new for 2020 is a two-year grant cycle for general support grants. We do not fund capital projects, endowments, or private schools.

The grant application period usually occurs in the late winter/early spring.

UMC’s competitive grant process is open to 501(c)(3) organizations and groups with fiscal sponsorship. United Midcoast Charities’ grantmaking is focused on making maximum impact in Knox and Waldo counties in our focus areas of Food, Housing, Health and Safety, and Economic Security. Of special interest are proposals that take a coherent approach to making a lasting difference in a social problem, and those where the service population is part of program design and implementation.

Starting in 2021, all grant applications will be read by community grant readers as a first layer of review. For now, the applications will be thoroughly reviewed by UMC’s grants committee, with final decisions on funding recommendations made by the UMC Board of Directors.

As grant writers know, not all grant applications are successful and there are many reasons why a grant may not be funded. We will provide constructive feedback when we can.

While we aim to fully fund proposals making an impact in our focus areas, currently the total requests for funding still exceed our available grant fund.

Sample qualified programs by focus area*


  • Soup kitchens
  • Home food services
  • After school and summer nutrition programs


  •             Affordable housing
  •             Homeless shelters
  •             Homeless youth services

Health and Safety

  •             Healthcare
  •             Dental care
  •             Mental health services
  •             Domestic violence services
  •             Sexual assault services
  •             Addiction recovery, support & education
  •             Family planning

Economic Security

  •             Personal finance education
  •             Reentry and restorative services
  •             Affordable childcare
  •             High school completion
  •             Literacy training
  •             College completion
  •             Transportation

*This list is meant to be illustrative and is in no way comprehensive, nor does it in any way guarantee funding.

United Midcoast Charities offers an open competitive grant application process. To view the 2020 schedule, click here.

When unexpected needs arise outside of the grant cycle, UMC offers an urgent grants program. UMC’s Rapid Response Fund grants for those dealing with new and changing needs due to COVID-19 will be similar to the urgent grants program. Both programs allow application by invitation only.

If you have a pressing need that falls outside of our regular grant cycle, or a new or increased need to be addressed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, please contact Megan Williams, UMC Executive Director at 207-236-2299 or by email (megan (at) unitedmidcoastcharities.org) for more information and to find out if your need qualifies for either program.