Given the evolving nature of this situation, the fund will be designed to be flexible and to get proceeds to organizations serving those in need in the weeks ahead with minimal bureaucracy and the appropriate sense of urgency.
United Way will look to a broad network of direct service organizations, as well as 211 Maine to identify critical needs and resource gaps. 501c3 Organizations in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Waldo Counties will be eligible to apply.
Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.
- If you are a nonprofit organization wanting to apply for funds please fill out this form or contact Suzanne Cole
- If you are a nonprofit organization with an urgent needs for supplies please fill out this form or contact Suzanne Cole
- If you are an organization in need of volunteers please list them at volunteerme.unitedwayem.org/aem or contact Suzanne Cole
We understand the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges. We are working to ensure that the grants awarded meet the most urgent needs in our community. In order to move resources quickly, we have a streamlined application process for the Fund. You may complete this simple form here to make sure we are aware of your needs and can keep them in mind as the granting process progresses and needs become more clear.
We anticipate multiple phases of funding to address both the acute needs from the outbreak and the longer-term impacts of recovery. In this first phase, we are prioritizing community-based organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis. In this first round, we are not able to prioritize organizations who have lost revenue or are likely to lose future revenue due to canceled events or programs. We recognize these challenges, and as the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, we will continue to work with our partners to assess and evolve our funding strategies.
Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Response Fund, our grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501c4, 501c5, and 501c6 organizations.
The COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Waldo Counties. We are doing this with a recognition that many local nonprofits serve workers and residents in our neighboring counties. We are being flexible with our funds to support needs throughout the multiple county region.
Click here for the most up to date list of selected grantees on the United Way of Eastern Maine website, along with short descriptions of the services and support they are providing.