Strategic Investment Grants

Strategic Investment Grants are United Way of Eastern Maine’s primary vehicle for funding programs that meet our community goals.  UWEM funds programs that demonstrate positive changes in the lives of 1 in 4 individuals in Eastern Maine.

APPLICATION LINKS (All application links will be placed here once active – please find on/after the dates below)

  • Links to submit applications for programs will be available beginning at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 6, 2021.
  • All applications must be submitted through the online portal.
  • Applications are due by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.



  • Every three years, UWEM distributes allocations from the Community Fund to health and human service programs throughout our five-county service area; Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington Counties.
  • Community volunteers review, score, and determine who will be funded. Volunteer to be a reviewer!
  • Programs will choose from a list of shared community indicators as their performance measures that will feed up to UWEM’s headline indicators, instead of creating individual program logic models as in past cycles.
  • Grant awards are multi-year commitments! Successful applications will receive three years of program funding, contingent upon availability of funds and program performance.
  • Impact Grant awards of $10,001-$50,000 annually.
  • FAST TRACK Grant awards of $2,500-$10,000 annually (see details below).


  • Organizations may submit an application for 1-4 programs. No more than 4 programs may be submitted for review by an organization.
  • Total agency application requests/awards cannot exceed $80,000. No more than $80,000 in funding requests may be submitted by an organization.
  • It is the responsibility of each organization to determine the program(s) for which they submit an application and the amount of the funding request, while adhering to the above limitations.
  • The maximum grant per program, per year is $50,000.
  • Grants cannot exceed 35% of the program budget.


  • UWEM is pleased to introduce the FAST TRACK grant program as part of our Strategic Investment Grants
  • FAST TRACK grant applications/awards for proposals between $2,500-$10,000 annually.
  • FAST TRACK awards will be funded for three-years
  • The FAST TRACK program is designed to reduce barriers for applicants throughout the life of the grant. The application will include fewer questions, and reporting requirements for successful applicants will be streamlined.
  • UWEM hopes the FAST TRACK encourage participation from smaller, newer, more geographically remote, innovative, and other eligible organizations who may not typically/historically apply for United Way funding. UWEM also hopes the FAST TRACK grants will promote additional resources and program targeting marginalized populations across Eastern Maine.


Applicants must demonstrate alignment with and report data every 6 months on one United Way Bold Goal:

Bold Goal #1: Meet basic needs and promote self-sufficiency for all

Bold Goal #2: Prevent, treat and support recovery from Substance Use Disorder

Bold Goal #3: All children have quality early learning experiences

Bold goal information, including headline indicators, objectives, and statistics can be found by visiting


All agencies should attend ONE info session and are encouraged to attend ONE training session. Registration is required for both. Drop-in support sessions will be available throughout the application period; registration is not required. Select an upcoming session by visiting Strategic Investment Grants – Info Sessions | Trainings | Q&A.




For more information or questions please email or call 941-2800.