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Grants and Requests for Proposals

This section contains information about the Commission's grant-making and contracting activities. At times, there also may be information about funding opportunities offered by our partners or other Maine agencies. When the Commission does not have an active Request for Proposal or Notice of Funds Available, the corresponding section of this page will be empty.

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Maine AmeriCorps Grant Competitions

There are two active requests for proposal. Each notice is below.

RFP # 201905082: Maine Rural State AmeriCorps Grants  
Submission deadline: 4pm on May 31, 2019

The Maine Commission for Community Service solicits proposals for small AmeriCorps programs under the Maine Rural StateAmeriCorps grant competition. Programs must be designed to enroll between two and five full-time AmeriCorps members during each of the grant’s 3 budget periods. Each AmeriCorps member service plan must require full-time service (40 hours/week) and all must serve within the applicant organization.

AmeriCorps direct service activities permitted include economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship (including housing, energy conservation), disaster services, veteran services, or healthy futures. In addition, proposals selected must commit to engaging local volunteers in the direct service and building internal capacity to engage volunteers. Applications to serve any rural area are welcome; however, there are preference points for proposals from Franklin, Hancock, Oxford, Somerset, Waldo, Aroostook, Knox, Washington, Lincoln, or Piscataquis counties.

Eligible applicants include Maine non-profits, faith-based organizations, State and local units of government, higher education institutions, and county organizations intending to operate an AmeriCorps program within Maine. Applicants may not have been an AmeriCorps grantee. Awards will range from $30,384 for a team of two AmeriCorps members up to $75,960 for a team of five.

Proposals must be submitted using both an internet application system (www.nationalservice.gov/eGrants) and hard copies of attachments. Complete proposals with required attachments must be received for opening by the Division of Procurement Services, Maine Dept. of Administrative and Financial Services, Burton Cross Building, 4th Floor, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine 04330, no later than 4:00 p.m. local time on May 31, 2019.

The State of Maine reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

The Maine Commission for Community Service is located at 19 Elkins Lane, 105 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0105. This RFP is being managed by Maryalice Crofton.

Copies of the “Request for Proposals” are available on the internet at State of Maine Request for Proposals, https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bbm/procurementservices/vendors/grants and through the links below.

Copy of Request For Proposals (downloads as MS Word)
   

RFP # 201905081: AmeriCorps Standard Formula Grant  
Submission deadline: 4pm on May 31, 2019

The Maine Commission for Community Service solicits proposals for AmeriCorps State program operating grants. Programs must use at least 13,600 hours of service during each of the 3 grant years.

Applicants must implement an evidence-based program model, use standardized performance measures to demonstrate accomplishments, and conduct an overall program evaluation.  Program activities must fall under one of the federally authorized categries.

Eligible applicants are public or non-profit agencies, higher education institutions, and regional organizations that will operate an AmeriCorps program solely within Maine. Typical awards for range from $121,536 to $185,000.

All proposals must be submitted using both an internet application system and hard copies of attachments. Complete proposals with required attachments must be received for opening by the Division of Purchases, Burton Cross Building, 4th Floor, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine 04330, no later than 4:00 p.m. local time on May 31, 2019.

The State of Maine reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

The Maine Commission for Community Service is located at 19 Elkins Lane, 105 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0105. This RFP is being managed by Maryalice Crofton.

A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained at the following website: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bbm/procurementservices/vendors/grants and through the link below.

Copy of Request For Proposals (downloads as MS Word)
   

Other Commission Requests for Proposals

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Maine Volunteer Generation Fund Initiative 

 This competition is not slated to recur until Winter 2020.

 

 
  

Direct Grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

National Civilian Community Corps Atlantic Region is now accepting service project proposals for 2018. What would it be like if your organization suddenly had the resources of 8-10 enthusiastic, dedicated, and professional young adults serving full-time for up to eight weeks? 

There is a two step process to apply; submit concept form first and project application about 1 month later. 

Round 1: March 2-April 20, 2018; Concept Form due: December 4, 2017

Round 2: April 28-June 8, 2018; Concept Form due: January 22, 2018

Round 3: June 16-August 31, 2018; Concept Form due: March 5, 2018

Round 4: September 15-November 7, 2018; Concept Form due: June 4, 2018.

Read Key Application Information here. For technical assistance please contact, Michael Ashmore at Michael.Ashmore@maine.gov.

NCCC is a full-time, team-based service program for men and women aged 18-24. The mission of NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

 

Maine/New Hampshire/Vermont regional office  

This office oversees AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps grantees in the tri-state region.

AmeriCorps VISTA was founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.   Learn More

Senior Corps and other national volunteer service grants. 
To view information on funding competitions underway or archived announcements, Go to CNCS NOFAs.

 

Grants and Contracts from other State of Maine agencies

Visitors looking for grant competitions and contracting opportunities throughout Maine Government should visit the Division of Purchases by selecting from this list:
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