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Useful Application Resources

UMC GRANTS PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • When is the application deadline?
    The 2020 application period is from Mar. 3 – 31. Applications must be completed through our online portal, and submitted with all required attachments. We do not accept paper applications or proposals. Your completed online application must be received by 5 p.m. EST on March 31, 2019.

    • We are holding this application deadline amid the COVID-19 crisis so we can fast-track our review and get the grant funds out as soon as possible in these challenging times.
  • What is the application review process? 
    Applications are reviewed by UMC’s Grants Committee. The Grants Committee then performs an initial review, looking into any questions or concerns that arise. After a final review of all materials, the committee makes final funding recommendations to the Board. UMC’s Board then discusses and votes on the Grants Committee’s final recommendations.

    • General operating support requests – 2 year funding is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You should submit your request including a 2 year ask, but know that we will only commit to one year at this time.
    • Program support requests will continue to be reviewed annually and awarded as 1 year grants.
  • How do I know if I should apply for a General Support Grant or a Program Grant?
    General support is funding that can be used in any way the organization needs. It allows grantees to nimbly meet challenges throughout the year and apply funding as needed to accomplish their mission. This is UMC’s preferred giving strategy for applicants whose mission falls securely within one or more of UMC’s areas of focus, Food, Housing, Health & Safety, and Economic Security. Program grants are preferred by the committee only when an agency’s mission is broader than our areas of focus, but one program falls securely within them. Agencies are encouraged to consult with Kelly about which type of grant to seek if you have questions.
  • What grant amount can I expect? 
    Grants vary in scale in relationship to the proposal and focus area addressed and the philanthropic budget available for the year. The minimum grant awarded is generally $1,000.
  • When will I be notified? 
    We communicate our funding decision after the Board votes on the Grants Committee recommendations. Please see revised schedule on this page.
  • What is a Community Grant Reader?
    To expand the diversity in UMC’s grantmaking and to incorporate community perspectives into the process, United Midcoast Charities is pleased to announce the new role of Community Grant Reader. We now plan on implementing this additional role as part of the 2021 grant review process. All residents of Knox and Waldo county are welcome to participate as community grant readers, especially those with living/lived experience in our focus areas. The grant reader process will take place entirely online, so internet access is required to participate.
  • My application was rejected. Why can’t you fund my project/organization? 
    The UMC grant process is competitive in nature, with a priority on making meaningful impact in our areas of focus within Knox and Waldo Counties. We regret we cannot yet fund all applications we receive.
  • I’m having trouble/need help. Who can I contact?
    You may call our office at 207-236-2299 or email kelly@unitedmidcoastcharities.org and we will either answer your question or direct you to someone who can help you!

2020 Grant Schedule – Updated due to COVID-19 

March 3 (T): UMC Grant Application period opens

March 31 (T): Application period closes

*Community Grant Readers are on hold for 2020.

Late April: Any questions regarding applications may come via phone or email in lieu of site visits and presentations.

May: UMC Board votes on Grants Committee final award recommendations

Late May/early June: Results letters sent, requesting signed grant agreements back. Checks sent after receipt of signed grant agreements.

2020 Grants Program celebration – on hold – TBD

We are Very Unlikely to Fund:
  • Proposals where funding from UMC is the single source or the majority of income
  • Local, State, and National Government Agencies

  • Religious and/or faith-based institutions or programs that include religious activities – Non-Religious programs (examples such as food banks sponsored by churches and non-proselytizing community programs) will be considered for funding