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Funds Available for Maine AmeriCorps Program Planning Grants

July 8th, 2010

The Maine Commission for Community Service solicits proposals to support future new AmeriCorps program applicants as they undertake the planning required to move a sound program concept through development to the point it is ready for implementation.  

Is an AmeriCorps program a fit for your organization? AmeriCorps is a national service program, which engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in team-based community service to meet critical local needs. Funding priorities in this competition are identified in the RFP document and there is a special focus on proposals from Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, Waldo, or Washington counties.

Eligible applicants include private or public non-profit organizations, state/local government, Native American Tribal governments, and institutions of higher education that have never received grant funding to operate an AmeriCorps*State/National program. Planning Grant funds may not be used to support AmeriCorps members or supplement operations of an existing program.

Typical grants range from $12,000 to $30,000. All proposals must be submitted electronically using the federal eGrants system and copies of required attachments 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. EST on Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

The “Request for Proposals” is available on Hard copies are available by contacting: Maine Commission for Community Service, State Planning Office, 187 State Street, 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, telephone number 207-287-1485. The State of Maine reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing managers of volunteers, raising awareness of the scope and impact of the sector, and encouraging an ethic of service.  To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at