UMC GRANTS PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- When is the application deadline?
The 2021 application period is from Mar. 1 – 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, 2021.
- 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 UMC Board. UMC’s Board then discusses and votes on the Grants Committee’s final recommendations.
- 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 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 considered for an agency whose mission is broader than our areas of focus, but one program falls securely within them. Agencies are encouraged to consult with UMC about which type of grant to seek if they 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 schedule on this page.
- 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 Rebecca@UnitedMidcoastCharities.org and we will either answer your question or direct you to someone who can help you.
2021 Grant Schedule
March 1: UMC Grant Application period opens
March 31: Application period closes
April 16 thru May 17: Questions regarding applications and/or board interviews occur via phone, email, or ZOOM interviews in lieu of site visits and presentations.
June 29: UMC Board votes on Grants Committee final award recommendations.
July 1: Results letters sent, requesting signed grant agreements back. Checks sent after receipt of signed grant agreements.