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Investment Information for Applicants

This is a resource page for those interested in applying for funding through United Way of Greater Portland’s annual investment process. We will keep this page updated and add resources as they become available.

Funding decisions for the FY21 Community Investment cycle will be emailed the week of May 18. If your contact information has changed since submitting your FY21 Investment application, please send updated information to Sarah Warren at swarren@unitedwaygp.org.


As a United Way, we serve Greater Portland (Cumberland County minus Brunswick and Harpswell). Applicants must serve the community in these areas. Other eligibility criteria include: 

  • The lead organization must be a non-profit 501(c)(3), a public school, a municipal entity, an Indian Tribal government or can demonstrate a legal relationship with an established 501(c)(3) acting as your fiscal agent. 
  • The program must be doing work that demonstrates progress toward the Thrive2027 Goals. 
  • All partners named in the application must operate consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances, and comply with UWGP’s counter-terrorism compliance agreement as outlined in the application. 

All UWGP community investment applicants are required to demonstrate a commitment to help impact the Thrive2027 Goals by identifying the specific contribution, effort, or action they will make, including: 

  • Data-driven program activities and evidence-based best practices or promising practices, that are based in research;  
  • Articulation of the way(s) in which collaboration is included in program creation, implementation and/or evaluation; and 
  • Measurable impact on Thrive2027 Goals Framework Strategies demonstrated through performance measures. 

Please note that this is not a complete list of questions posed or materials required in the application.