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
- If you are a nonprofit organization with an urgent needs for supplies please fill out this form
- If you are an organization in need of volunteers please list them at volunteerme.unitedwayem.org/aem
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.
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 and what the funding was used for to help our Eastern Maine community.