FARMINGTON — The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area seeks to improve people’s lives by uniting members of the community and resources through its annual fundraising campaign in Greater Franklin County.

Community investments are distributed in a variety of ways throughout the year and include funding programs coordinated by Community Partners (Community Partner Investments); funding for new and innovative projects (Venture grants); funding for children’s unmet needs (Hope Fund); and support for projects that address emerging needs (Special Projects Fund).

Special Projects funding is designed to support emerging programs for unmet human service needs in Greater Franklin County on a one-time basis. Existing United Way Community Partners and Venture Grant recipients may apply; however, consideration will only be given to programs not currently funded by United Way. Applicants must be 501c(3) nonprofit organizations.

All decisions are made by a community investment team comprised of diverse community members who represent all regions of Greater Franklin County. Generally, awards will not exceed $5,000.

If an organization is interested, a Letter of Intent must be submitted for review by the Community Investment Team Special Projects review committee. If the project is in alignment with the Special Projects funding criteria, the person submitting the LOI will be invited to submit a full proposal.

LOIs are considered as they are received. Awards are made throughout the year until funding for that year is depleted. All LOIs will be kept on file and will be reviewed as funding becomes available.

In order to continually evaluate its community investment processes, and foster partnerships, United Way asks that organizations receiving funding share their final project outcomes at a United Way board meeting at the project’s completion.

Unsolicited Letters of Intent will be accepted and should be sent to [email protected] or P.O. Box 126, Farmington, ME 04938.

FMI:, 207-778-5048. 

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