Grant Program Information

United Midcoast Charities accepts and reviews grants annually, usually in the late winter and early spring.

We require all applicants to submit a current non-profit tax-exempt status 501(c)(3) or letter of agreement from a fiscal agent and the agent’s 501(c)(3) documentation.

All applicants must provide programming aimed at promoting the welfare of residents of Knox and Waldo counties within UMC’s focus areas of food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. UMC’s preference and history has been in funding projects or organizations whose main goal is to aid low income residents.

UMC provides grants to nonprofits for operational budgets and programming. We do not fund capital projects or endowments. UMC does not fund private schools.

All grant applications are thoroughly reviewed by our grants committee, with final decisions 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.

Finally, while we wish this was not the case, the total requests for funding that we receive often exceed our available funding.

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 annual grant application process. To view the 2019 schedule, click here.

When unexpected needs arise outside of the grant cycle, UMC offers an urgent grants program. This program is by invitation only.

If you have a pressing need that falls outside of our regular grant cycle, please contact Megan Williams, UMC Executive Director at 207-236-2299 for more information and to find out if your need qualifies for this program. Outside of urgency, the eligibility and application requirements are the same for both grant programs.