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.
- I do not have access to a computer for the online submission – what should I do?
We have set up a computer station in our office for your use. Please call us to schedule a time to come in when you are ready to submit your application.
- What is the application review process?
Applications are reviewed by Community Grant Readers (new in 2020!), UMC’s Grants Committee and Board of Directors. UMC’s Grants Committee then performs an initial review. Directors and Committee members make visits to selected agencies and report on their findings. Selected agencies will present to our Board and Grants Committee and then our Board votes on the Grants Committee’s final recommendations.
- General operating support requests will be reviewed on a two-year cycle only. Applications made for this type of grant will be reviewed in 2020 and awarded a sun for each of the next 2 years. If you miss this cycle, general operating grants applications will be open again in 2022.
- 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.
- Do all applicants get a visit and/or make a presentation?
No. We try to visit agencies every other cycle, or when questions arise. Presentations are generally requested of new agencies and those that have new programs or those from which we need additional information.
- 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 in August. This means that after your online grant submission is confirmed via email, you might not hear from us until late August or early September.
- 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 as part of the 2020 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. Readers will each be assigned three applications, and should plan on taking about four to six hours to complete their reviews during the month of April.
- 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 and we will either answer your question or direct you to someone who can help you!
2020 Grant Schedule
March 3 (T): UMC Grant Application period opens
March 31 (T): Application period closes
April 10-27: Initial grant readings & reviews conducted by Community Grant Readers & UMC Grants Committee
May: On-site visits for selected agencies
July 17 (FRI) 1-4 pm: Presentations for selected agencies to UMC BOD & Grants Committee
July 24 (FRI) 1-4 pm: Presentations for selected agencies to UMC BOD & Grants Committee
August: UMC Board votes on Grants Committee final award recommendations
Late August/early Sep: Results letters sent, requesting signed grant agreements back
September: Checks sent after receipt of signed grant agreements
Mid-Late September: 2020 Grants Program celebration