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Preparation Notes

Why do I have to register in order to access the Request for Proposal document on line?

The State of Maine rules for awarding grants and contracts requires the Maine Commission for Community Service and all other state agencies to develop a list of every individual and organization that requests or downloads a copy of a particular Request for Proposals. The registration asks for the contact information of the person obtaining the RFP. This contact information will be used to distribute by email any notices about changes in the RFP. When you complete the form, the next page displayed has the link for the RFP document.


Registrations Required for Applicants Seeking Federal funds

Like all federally funded grants, applications for Corporation for National & Community Service resources must include a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and indicate that the applicant has registered with the federal System for Award Management (SAM).

The DUNS number is not the equivalent of, nor does it replace the need for an Employer Identification Number. DUNS numbers may be obtained at no cost by calling the DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711 or by applying online at This website indicates there is a 24-hour e-mail turnaround time on requests for DUNS numbers; however, we suggest registering at least 30 days in advance of the application due date.

SAM is the comprehensive database for federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. It collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of Federal agency contracts, grant awards, cooperative agreements, and other forms of federal assistance.

All grant recipients are required to maintain a valid registration, which must be renewed annually. There is NO fee to register through this site. We urge applicants that are not already registered with SAM to begin the registration process immediately in order to avoid any delays in submitting applications.

Applicants must have a DUNS number in order to register with the SAM. It typically takes 3-5 days to finalize SAM registration. To register online go to