Serving the Maine Communities of Franklin County, Livermore & Livermore Falls


Old South Congregational Church's Free Lunch program is supported by United Way.

The Very Basics Fund

The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area and our partners are working hard to meet the short and long term needs of individuals and families in Franklin County, Livermore Falls and Livermore. Organizations that serve populations in need every day are finding themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for those services so United Way established The Very Basics Fund which supports requests up to $5,000 for food, fuel, shelter and other basic needs. See Policy here.

What have we supported through The Very Basics Fund?

The Very Basics Fund Recipients


Our grants are limited to non-profit organizations, including 501(c)3 organizations or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities, including 501(c)4, 501(c)5, and 501(c)6 organizations. Applicants must provide services to those who reside in Franklin County, Livermore or Livermore Falls. Applications are accepted twice a year with deadlines of October 31 and April 30. The maximum award is $5,000 per program request. 


It is important for United Way to celebrate accomplishments and determine barriers to an organization's success. As a result, organizations receiving grants from The Very Basic Funds are required to complete a report within a year after receipt of the grant.



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