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Professional Development Fund


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The program operates in years when MCCS has funds available to support this activity. The Maine Commission for Community Service supports professional development of managers of volunteers by awarding funds to cost-share their relevant activities.

Examples of supported activities are online courses, educational conferences, seminars, workshops, or preparation for professional certifications that relate to the Competencies for Managers of Volunteers.


To be eligible for consideration, an individual must:

  1. be employed by a Maine school or organization (public or private nonprofit or Maine affiliate of a national charity) that engages citizens as volunteers in Maine communities OR serve in a pro bono capacity with a Maine school or organization in the volunteer program with responsibilities that are equivalent to those of an employee (e.g., training, supervision, assessment of volunteers performing service)
  2. have at least two years of experience as a volunteer coordinator or in volunteer program management.
  3. have a supervisor-approved professional development plan that identifies specific skills, knowledge, or abilities related to volunteer management that require formal training or education.
  4. complete proposed professional development activity by Dec 1 of the current year, if awarded support.
  5. share information and learning about the professional development activity by contributing a blog to the Maine VolunteerFare newsletter,, or providing a webinar hosted by the Commission.

Note: Funds awarded may not be used to provide the recipient with a stipend, living allowance, or reimburse an employer for salary.

To learn more about current application guidelines, visit using this link.