UMC is here to support Midcoast nonprofits as they help our community through the coronavirus crisis. Join us with a donation!

Rapid Response Fund

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMC has established a Rapid Response Fund. 100% of all donations received will go out as support for local nonprofits that are meeting the immediate needs of individuals seeking help in Knox and Waldo counties. The Fund is intended to provide stopgap support and anticipates the likelihood that local nonprofits will find themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for their services. Donations are now being accepted toward this fund.

Other actions UMC has taken in support of our nonprofit community during this unprecedented time include:

Fast-Tracking 2020 Grant Awards and Removing Restrictions on 2019 Grants click to read more about this.


Checks may also be mailed to: UMC – RRF at 87 Elm St #205, Camden, ME 04843

If you would like information on making a stock gift, please email: megan (at) unitedmidcoastcharities.org.

(updated as of Aug. 25, 2020)

  • $5,000 to Knox County Homeless Coalition to fund temporary and safe housing solutions
  • $1,500 to Islesboro Community Center’s Care and Comfort Program for food and supplies for community kitchen meal delivery
  • $750 to One Less Worry to supply toilet paper for local food pantry clients
  • $3,000 to the Belfast Soup Kitchen to support increased costs associated with COVID-19
  • $5,000 to Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition to assist newly released inmates needing shelter
  • $3,750 to New Hope for Women for emergency shelter for domestic violence victims
  • $5,000 to the Rockland Salvation Army to support the increased need for food services
  • $5,000 to Finding Our Voices for a domestic violence awareness mailing to Waldo County residents
  • $5,000 to AIO Food and Energy Assistance to support a warehouse manager in coordinating local pantries to meet increased needs
  • $5,000 to Waldo Community Action Partners to improve web-based communications about available services
  • $5,000 to Full Plates Full Potential to support summer meal programs for children in Waldo County
  • $5,000 to Full Plates Full Potential to support summer meal programs for children in Knox County
  • $5,000 to Rockland District Nursing Association to allow for increased nursing hours in relation to COVID-19
  • $5,000 to VOANNE’s Mid Coast Regional Reentry Center for staffing support to cover shortfalls in County resources

Click for a list of UMC’s 2020 regular cycle grantees >

Rapid Response Application Information

United Midcoast Charities’ rapid response applications are open by invitation and reviewed on a rolling basis as funds allow. Please email Megan with your Rapid Response need (megan (at) unitedmidcoastcharities.org).

UMC will provide a funding reply within 48 business hours of reviewing a completed application, and a check will be issued immediately if the application is approved.

Like our regular grants process, we require all applicants to submit a current non-profit tax-exempt status 501(c)(3) or letter of agreement from a fiscal agent and the agent’s 501(c)(3) documentation and all applicants must provide programming aimed at promoting the welfare of residents of Knox and Waldo counties within UMC’s focus areas of food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. We do not fund capital projects, endowments or private schools. Currently, Rapid Response Grants are capped at $5,000 each.

All grant applications are thoroughly reviewed by our rapid response committee based on the following criteria:

  1. Mission Match: The work proposed is strongly aligned with UMC’s focus areas of food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. The proposed support is accessible and appropriate to vulnerable populations, ie women, children, older adults, medically fragile, communities of color, unemployed/underemployed, and low income people.
  2. Stand in the Gap: The applicant is facing an acute spike in community need and/or shortfall in ordinary income. Reserves and other sources of rapid funding are absent or slow.
  3. Organizational Capacity: The organization(s) has the necessary capacity and infrastructure to meet the community need.
  4. Partnership and Non-Duplication: The applicant evidences strong relationships with groups doing related work in their geography. Strengths and assets are coordinated among partners for efficiency and success.
  5. Oversight: The budget, financial structures, and governance are in good health. Capacity for oversight of funds is strong.


UMC has signed on to the Council on Foundations’ COVID-19 Philanthropy Pledge – read more here.