Apply For Funding

Community Investment is United Way of Eastern Maine’s competitive grant making process.  UWEM funds programs that demonstrate positive changes in the lives of individuals in the areas of Education, Income, and Health.  Every two 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.

We have recently completed our two year funding cycle thanks to nearly 80 community volunteers. Click here to see all of our newly funded programs.

United Way of Eastern Maine Impact Areas and Outcomes

Applicants must demonstrate alignment with and report data every 6 months on one UWEM Community Outcome:


  • Outcome #1: Children enter school ready to learn and succeed.
  • Outcome #2: Children and youth increase assets and skills in order to increase their ability to accept and take personal responsibility, plan and make good choices, resist negative peer pressure and decrease vulnerability to dangerous situations.


  • Outcome #3: Seniors live productive, active, healthy lifestyles and have the opportunity to age in place.
  • Outcome #4: Youth and adults have access to health education and preventative services to avoid risky behavior and achieve optimal physical and behavioral health.


  • Outcome #5: People access services to achieve stability in their lives and maintain self-sufficiency.
  • Outcome #6: Safety Net/Basic Needs and Crisis Intervention Programs: People access services to meet basic needs (food and short-term shelter) and crisis intervention (hot-line).