United Way

Strategic Investment Grants.

Strategic Investment Grants are Heart of Maine United Way’s primary vehicle for funding programs that meet our Opportunity 2028 bold goals.  Approximately $50,000 in funds are available to agencies serving residents of Somerset County.


  • Join our info session at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 27, 2023.
  • Applications open at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 27, 2023. Link to apply will appear below.
  • Applications close at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, July 19, 2023.
  • Award information will be announced in late September 2023.
  • Volunteer grant reviewers are needed! Click here to apply as a volunteer grant reviewer.

Review Eligibility Criteria

Highlights of our Funding

  • Every three years, HoMEUW distributes allocations from the Community Fund to health and human service programs throughout our six-county service area; Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington Counties.
    • Note: Somerset County grant process will be handled separately.
  • 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 HoMEUW’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).

Important Parameters

  • 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.

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 opportunity2028.com/boldgoals

For more information or questions please email grants@homeunitedway.org or call 941-2800.