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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

 Request for Proposals: AmeriCorps State Formula Grants (RFP # 201502030)

The Maine Commission for Community Service solicits proposals for AmeriCorps program operating grants under the AmeriCorps State Formula program grants. Programs must be designed to enroll at least ten AmeriCorps members and utilize at least 17,000 hours of service during each of the 3 grant years.

Applicants must also propose to implement an evidence-based program model, use standardized performance measures to demonstrate accomplishments, and conduct an overall program evaluation.  Program activities must fall within one of the funding areas: economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship (including energy conservation/management), or healthy futures. All applicants will be required to undertake capacity building activities.

Eligible applicants include Maine non-profits, faith-based organizations, State and local units of government, higher education institutions, and national or regional organizations intending to operate an AmeriCorps program within Maine. The maximum award possible is $260,000.

All proposals must be submitted using both an internet application system (eGrants) 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, 9 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0009, no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on May 6, 2015.

The State of Maine reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received. The Maine Commission for Community Service is located at 111 Sewall Street, 105 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0105. This RFP is being managed by Maryalice Crofton.

Copies of the "Request for Proposals" are available, after registration using THIS LINK.

Request for Proposals: Maine Rural AmeriCorps Grant Program (RFP # 201502031)

The Maine Commission for Community Service solicits proposals for AmeriCorps program operating grants under the new Maine Rural AmeriCorps grant program. Programs must be designed to enroll two full-time AmeriCorps members and utilize at least 3,400 hours of service during each of the 3 grant years.

Applicants must propose to implement an evidence-based program model, use standardized performance measures to demonstrate accomplishments, and build internal capacity to engage community volunteers in service.  Program activities must fall within one of the funding areas: economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship (including energy conservation/management), or healthy futures. Proposals to serve any rural area are welcome; however, there is a preference for applications 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. The maximum award possible is $27,460.

All proposals must be submitted using both an internet application system (eGrants) 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, 9 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0009, no later than 2:00 p.m. local time on May 6, 2015.

The State of Maine reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received. The Maine Commission for Community Service is located at 111 Sewall Street, 105 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0105. This RFP is being managed by Maryalice Crofton. 

Copies of the "Request for Proposals" are available, after registration using THIS LINK.

Other Commission Requests for Proposals (non-National Service programs)

No active RFPs at this time.

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

Maine/New Hampshire/Vermont regional office 
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.

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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:

View active Requests for Proposals in other agencies.

Vendor and bid opportunnities with the State of Maine.