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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.

Maine Youth Act: Request for Applications

Deadline extended! Applications due: Nov 1, 2019

The Maine Youth Act Mini-grant Program challenges middle and high school aged students to understand Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of the “Beloved Community” and then take action in their community on an issue by planning a volunteer service project for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2020.

This program is co-sponsored by the Maine Commission for Community Service and the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation.

The Maine Youth Act Selection Committee will choose nine proposals to receive awards of $750 to support planning and carrying out a student/youth-driven service project. Proposals will be selected using criteria outlined in the “Request for Applications.” This award program uses an online form to accept applications. The link to the form is below.

Request for Applications: Program explanation, application instructions, selection timeline, reporting, budget instructions, resources

LINK to Online Application Form. Consult the "Request for Applications" (RFA) above for required content and budget directions. 

LINK to Youth Service America project development guide, "Youth Changing the World." See the RFA for recommended use.
      

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Maine AmeriCorps Grant Competitions

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

Submission deadlines for both competitions arethe same; November 14, 2019, no later than 11:59 p.m., local time

RFP#201909166, Maine Rural State AmeriCorps

Volunteer Maine, the Commission for Community Service, is seeking proposals for small AmeriCorps programs under the Maine Rural State AmeriCorps 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 is a preference 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.

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/procurementservices/vendors/rfps and at MaineServiceCommission.gov

Two Bidders Conferences will be held. The first Bidders Conference will take place October 17, 2019 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Volunteer Maine office, Rm 110, 19 Elkins Lane, Augusta. The second Bidders Conference will take place October 18, 2019 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at UMaine Center on Aging Conference Rm, Camden Hall, 25 Texas Avenue, Bangor.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as directed in the RFP. Both the proposal sections using the federal eGrants system and additional documents emailed to the Division of Procurement Services (Proposals@maine.gov) must be submitted November 14, 2019, no later than 11:59 p.m., local time.

Proposals will be opened at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street - 4th Floor, Augusta, Maine the following business day. Proposals not submitted through eGrants and the Division of Procurement Services’ aforementioned email address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

Copy of the Maine State Rural AmeriCorps RFP document (opens in MS Word)


RFP#201909160, AmeriCorps State Competitive Grants (Cost Reimbursement and Fixed Amount)

Volunteer Maine, the Commission for Community Service, is seeking proposals for AmeriCorps State Competitive program operating grants. Programs must be at least 17,000 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 categories.

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 $180,000 to $700,000.

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/procurementservices/vendors/rfps and at MaineServiceCommission.gov

Two Bidders Conferences will be held. The first Bidders Conference will take place October 17, 2019 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Volunteer Maine office, Rm 110, 19 Elkins Lane, Augusta. The second Bidders Conference will take place October 18, 2019 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at UMaine Center on Aging Conference Rm, Camden Hall, 25 Texas Avenue, Bangor.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as directed in the RFP. Both the proposal sections using the federal eGrants system and additional documents emailed to the Division of Procurement Services (Proposals@maine.gov) must be submitted November 14, 2019, no later than 11:59 p.m., local time.

Proposals will be opened at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street - 4th Floor, Augusta, Maine the following business day. Proposals not submitted through eGrants and the Division of Procurement Services’ aforementioned email address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

Copy of the AmeriCorps Cost Reimbursement and Fixed Amount Grant RFP document (opens in MS Word)

 

Other Commission Requests for Proposals

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RFP#201909172 Maine Volunteer Generation Fund Initiative

There is one active request for proposal at this time. The notice is below.

Submission deadline: Proposal submissions must be received no later than 11:59 pm, local time, on December 3, 2019

For information on the Initiative and the upcoming application process please review the 2019 VGF Inititiative Introduction

Volunteer Maine, the Maine Commission for Community Service, is seeking Applications to increase capacity in eligible organizations to expand local and regional volunteer efforts in three impact areas; aging in place, transportation, and food security; and develop high level volunteer management practices through Service Enterprise and other Volunteer Management training.

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/rfps

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, via e-mail, to the following email address: Proposals@maine.gov.

Proposals will be opened at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street - 4th Floor, Augusta, Maine the following business day. Proposals not submitted to the Division of Procurement Services aforementioned email address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

Copy of the Maine Volunteer Generation Fund Initiative RFP document (opens in MS Word)

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

National Civilian Community Corps North Central Region is now accepting service project proposals for 2020. 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 nine weeks? 

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

Available Project Dates:

A:    January 7-March 12, 2020; Concept Form due: September 4, 2019

B:    March 9-April 24, 2020; Concept Form due: November 5, 2019

 March 20-May 8, 2020; Concept Form due: November 5, 2019

C:    May 4-June 23, 2020; Concept Form due: January 6, 2020

D:    July 10-September 12 , 2020; Concept Form due: February 25, 2020

 August 14-October 14, 2020; Concept Form due: February 25, 2020.  

E.    September 21-November 7, 2020; Concept Form due: May 5, 2020.

 October 21-December 15, 2020; Concept Form due: May 5, 2020.

 

NCCC does not charge for service project support;  hosting agencies provide access to lodging, as well as supplies, materials and technical direction for the work. 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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