Resources for Nonprofits during COVID-19


UMC is here to support the Midcoast nonprofit community. Here is how we’ve responded to the coronavirus crisis here in the Midcoast community.

Rapid Response Fund

In the spring of 2020, we established a Rapid Response Fund. 100% of all donations received go out as support for local nonprofits that are meeting the immediate needs of individuals seeking help in Knox and Waldo counties. The Fund provides stopgap support to help under-resourced nonprofits serve growing demands for their services. Donations are now being accepted toward this fund.

More info on the Rapid Response Fund can be found here >

Fast-Tracking Annual Grant Awards

While we realize the importance of urgent and responsive funds, we also recognize the significance of ongoing operating funds for organizations dealing with the current situation. In that light, UMC distributed the 2020 and 2021 grants three months ahead of the usual distribution schedule. Getting funds distributed quickly to those working on providing food, housing, healthcare, and other basic needs to our community has been UMC’s highest priority since the start of the pandemic.

Below is a list of trusted resources compiled by United Midcoast Charities. Please double check all information against current updates to be sure of accuracy.



The Maine Association of Nonprofits offers free help with pandemic-related challenges, such as SBA loans, human resources issues, strategy development and scenario planning, or navigating reopening rules.


We know circumstances are rapidly changing, so we encourage you to reach out with suggestions, questions, or concerns: We are always stronger together.