What do UMC Grants do?

100% of UMC’s donations are applied to our Grant Program. UMC’s grants are funded through individual and private foundation contributions. Click here to donate so we can award more dollars to local agencies.

UMC offers an open competitive grants process which supports nonprofit agencies in Knox and Waldo counties working in the areas of food, housing, health & safety and economic security. For more information about our grant program, click here.

In 2020, UMC’s regular grants cycle funded the following proposals from organizations making an impact in UMC’s focus areas:


AIO Food & Energy Assistance – $30,000 Three food assistance programs for more than 11,000 individuals.
Belfast Soup Kitchen – $16,000 Nutritious meals 5 days/wk, all year for the most vulnerable.
MCH Inc Meals on Wheels – $30,000 Hot, nutritious meals to Knox County seniors and disabled adults.
Penquis R.S.V.P. – $5,000 Expanding a system for delivering fresh food to Vinalhaven, North Haven, and Islesboro.
St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen – $5,000 Feeding the hungry 5 days a week in Rockland.


Knox County Homeless Coalition – $30,000 Helping homeless families and at-risk youth find homes and lasting stability.
Midcoast Habitat for Humanity – $10,000 Affordable housing/home-ownership for a low to moderate income Knox County residents in need.
The Ripple Initiative – $10,000 Furniture and household goods for people transitioning to stable housing to increase likelihood of remaining housed.
Volunteers of America Northern New England – $10,000 Multi-Program Housing and Services for 12 vulnerable-population Waldo County residents.
Waldo County Woodshed – $5,000 Free firewood for households in need in Waldo County (and some of Knox County).


Belfast Public Health Nursing Association – $8,000 Safety net services to support health and safety for vulnerable Waldo County community members.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine – $1,500 Increase positive outcomes for 126 at-risk children using technology-enhanced mentoring.
Maine Family Planning – $15,000 Excellent, affordable, and accessible reproductive and sexual health and wellness for all Mainers.
Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County – $1,500 Improving quality, education  and comfort at the end of life and support for bereaved people
Maine Youth Alliance – $10,000 Promoting compassionate youth and public-spirited communities in Waldo County through mentoring and volunteer opportunities.
Knox County Health Clinic – $25,000 Increased access to care, reduced ER visits, and improved community health.
New Hope for Women – $25,000 Advocacy, prevention and education services to support those affected by domestic violence.
One Less Worry – $5,000 Tens of thousands of pads, tampons, toilet paper, soaps & toothpaste delivered monthly to 1,500+.
OUT Maine – $8,000 Build resilience and improve the lives & futures of at-risk LGBTQ+ youth in Knox & Waldo counties.
Parent Program of Mid-Coast Maine – $5,000 Injury prevention and safety education to parents of children birth to three through home visits.
Rockland District Nursing Association – $15,000 In-home nursing services for seniors living independently in Rockland and nearby communities.
Soap Closet – $3,000 Personal hygiene products not covered by food stamps to low-income families and individuals.
Trekkers – $5,000 Long-term youth mentoring program supporting the social and emotional health of 200 students in Knox County.
Volunteers of America Northern New England/Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center – $15,000 Connecting men leaving incarceration with medication-assisted treatment to reduce recidivism.
Waldo County Dental Care – $16,000 High-quality affordable dental care for 425 low-income children and adults in Waldo & Knox counties.


Belfast Area Child Care Services Inc. – $10,000 Affordable access to high quality child care for 70 children and 63 families in Waldo County.
Penobscot Bay YMCA – $28,000 The Y creates economic security for working families by providing safe & supervised Childcare & Camp.
Restorative Justice Project – $27,000  Adult/Young Adult Community Conferencing to reduce criminal convictions & retain employability.
UMA Rockland Center – $8,000  UMC Scholarship Awards: one class for 10 first-time or returning students.
Waldo Community Action Partners – $20,000 Utilize and mobilize public and private resources to assist low-income Waldo County residents in the alleviation of poverty and address its underlying causes.
Waldo County YMCA – $30,000 Year round childcare for ages 3 to grade 8.
Wayfinder Schools: Passages Program – $10,000 Enable at-risk youth and teen parents in midcoast Maine to acheive high school completion.