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.

Important Dates:

  • Required Outcome Measurement and Online Application Trainings held from January 10th – 16th
  • Applications open on January 20, 2017
  • Applications due on February 17, 2017
  • Funding notifications announced in May 2017

To sign up for training or with any questions please contact Janelle Wuoristo at (207) 941-2800 ext. 212 or

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).


Want to become a partner agency? Find out how here!