What do UMC Grants do?

UMC’s grants are funded through individual and private foundation contributions. Click here to donate so we can support local agencies even better.

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.

Our 2023 Grantees

In 2023, UMC’s regular grants cycle funded the following proposals from organizations making an impact in UMC’s focus areas:


Name of OrganizationAmountPurpose
AIO$29,000Food, energy and diaper assistance to families within Knox County.
Belfast Soup Kitchen$20,000Nutritious meals 5 days/wk, all year for the most vulnerable.
Come Spring Food Pantry$20,000Providing nutritious food to the underserved population in Western Knox County.
Knox County Gleaners$11,500Connect and collaborate with farmers to share the work of bountiful harvests.
MCH Inc Meals on Wheels$20,000Hot, nutritious meals to Knox County seniors and disabled adults.
No Greater Love Food Pantry$4,000Provides at least three well-balanced meals to over 1,800 individuals in Waldo County.
St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen$6,000Feeding the hungry 5 days a week in Rockland.


Name of OrganizationAmountPurpose
Coastal Opportunities$5,000Assists adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become participating members of their community.
Family Promise of Midcoast Maine$2,500Helping families without housing or facing impending housing loss through a community-based response that engages volunteers.
Knox County Homeless Coalition$30,000Helping homeless families and at-risk youth find homes and lasting stability.
Midcoast Habitat for Humanity$16,000Affordable housing/home-ownership for a low to moderate income Knox County residents in need.
Mid Coast Recovery Coalition$45,000Provides supervised group housing to individuals addressing the challenges of addiction.

Health & Safety

Name of OrganizationAmountPurpose
American Red Cross$10,000Alleviating human suffering for 2,000+ Knox and Waldo County residents in need.
Belfast Public Health Nursing Association$10,000Safety net services to support health and safety for vulnerable Waldo County community members.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine$11,000Increase positive outcomes for 126 at-risk children using technology-enhanced mentoring.
Camden Area District Nursing Association$28,500Steadfast mission to provide care to all in need, regardless of their ability to pay.
Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers$8,000Provides non-medical volunteer support to MaineHealth Care at Home’s hospice patients and their families.
Coastal Opportunities$8,000Community based services for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Finding Our Voices$7,500Helping to keep women and children safe from domestic violence.
Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County$5,000Improving quality, education and comfort at end of life and support fo bereaved people.
Knox County Health Clinic$29,000Increased access to care, reduced ER visits, and improved community health.
Maine Family Planning$20,000Excellent, affordable, and accessible reproductive and sexual health and wellness for all Mainers.
MaineHealth Care at Home$5,000Provides free home health/hospice care to qualifying patients in Knox and Waldo counties.
Maine Youth Alliance$13,500Promoting compassionate youth and public-spirited communities in Waldo County through mentoring and volunteer opportunities.
New Hope Midcoast$22,500Advocacy, prevention and education services to support those affected by domestic violence.
OUT Maine$16,000Build resilience and improve the lives & futures of at-risk LGBTQ+ youth in Knox & Waldo counties.
Penquis CAP, DVIP$4,000Helping men to learn non-violent ways of acting in relationships.
Rockland District Nursing Association$17,000In-home nursing services for seniors living independently in Rockland and nearby communities.
Sexual Assault Services of Midcoast Maine$23,100Supports and advocates for people affected by sexual violence in Midcoast Maine
Soap Closet$3,000Personal hygiene products not covered by food stamps to low-income families and individuals.
Southern Harbor Eldercare Services$10,000Providing care, comfort and companionship for older adults seeking a supportive home or services on the island on North Haven.
The Beacon Project$10,000Enabling elders to remain on Islesboro with dignity and comfort as members of the island community.
Waldo County Dental Care$16,000High-quality affordable dental care for 425 low-income children and adults in Waldo & Knox counties.
Waldo County Woodshed$5,730Provides quarter-cord allotments of seasoned firewood to families in need throughout Knox and Waldo counties.

Economic Security

Name of OrganizationAmountPurpose
Belfast Area Child Care Services Inc.$16,000Affordable access to high quality child care for 70 children and 63 families in Waldo County.
But Still I Am One$6,000Providing financial support to home insecure young adults (ages 16-21) in Waldo County.
Penobscot Bay YMCA$20,000The Y creates economic security for working families by providing safe & supervised Childcare & Camp.
Trekkers$8,000Equips youth with the confidence, resiliency, and support network they need to graduate high school.
Waldo Community Action Partners$15,000Utilize 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$21,000Year round childcare for ages 3 to grade 8.
Waterman’s Community Center$5,500Provides child care during the academic year for island youth, ages one year to teenage.
Wayfinder Schools: Passages Program$12,000Enable at-risk youth and teen parents in midcoast Maine to achieve high school completion.