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United Midcoast Charities creates Rapid Response Fund, takes other supportive steps

Mar 23, 2020

Camden — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Midcoast Charities has established a Rapid Response Fund that will funnel 100% of all donations received as support to local nonprofits that are meeting the immediate needs of individuals seeking help in Knox and Waldo counties.

The fund is intended to provide stopgap support and anticipates the likelihood that local nonprofits will find themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for their services. Donations are now being accepted toward this fund at

Information for nonprofits in need of Rapid Response funding will be available soon on UMC’s website.

In other actions, UMC said it will maintain its March 31 deadline for regular grant submissions but will accelerate this year’s review process and aim to distribute the 2020 grants by June, three months ahead of the usual distribution schedule. Getting funds distributed quickly to those working on providing food, housing, health care, and other basic needs to our community is UMC’s highest priority, the agency said in a press release.

UMC has also alerted its 2019 grantees that the organization will waive all restrictions on current grants in response to unforeseen needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that nonprofit grantees working on the front lines may now use 2019 grant awards for whatever will allow the organization to continue providing its much-needed services to our communities in this unprecedented situation.

UMC’s staff and board are monitoring community needs during rapidly changing circumstances. Send any suggestions, questions or concerns to


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