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MCCS Announces Request for Proposals for VGF Grant Competition

January 25th, 2018


Contact: Michael Ashmore, Training & Program Development Officer


Augusta, ME -- The Maine Commission for Community Service is now accepting proposals for Volunteer Generation Fund Grants. The deadline to submission is February 21, 2018 at 4:00pm. The link to access a copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be found at the bottom of this article.


Maine Volunteer Generation Fund Initiative


The Volunteer Generation Fund, or VGF, is a program of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), the federal funder of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs such as Foster Grandparents and RSVP.  Its purpose is to support voluntary organizations and state service commissions in boosting the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs. The program funds investments in volunteer management practices that increase both volunteer recruitment and retention and, in general, in bringing more individuals into volunteer service.

MCCS’s VGF initiative will provide funding to organizations in which volunteers are already commonly deployed in three areas of high need in the state of Maine;

> Aging in Place,                       > Food Security & Assistance,                     > Transportation Services.

Eligible Organizations: Maine public or private non-profits, State/county/local units of government, higher education institutions, faith-based organizations, labor organizations, and federally recognized Tribes may apply.

The performance period is 18 months; between April 2018 and September 2019.

Applicants may request between $ 11,250 and $ 37,500 to fund a wide range of volunteer recruitment, engagement and training activities.  All awardees must recruit at least 6 new volunteers for each $ 1000 awarded with three quarters of these volunteers trained in the delivery of high impact service.

In addition, organizations receiving MCCS VGF funding must engage organizational staff in volunteer management training and commit the agency to participating in Service Enterprise training leading to an application for certification as a Service Enterprise during the period of the award.

Each grant must be matched by local resources in the effort equal to at least 55% of the total project funding. In other words, a $ 10,000 grant from MCCS must be matched by at least $ 12,220 in local cash or in-kind resources.  Use of existing space and already funded staff time dedicated to the project can be counted as match.  Further, grants are intended to increase or expand current efforts and increase volunteer recruitment, so development of wholly new initiatives is not required. 



Amount Requested

# of New Volunteers

# Trained and Serving

Minimum Match needed


For Example

$ 11,250



$ 13,747.50


$ 15,000



$ 18,330.00

$ 20,000



$ 24,440.00

$ 25,000



$ 30,550.00

$ 30,000



$ 36,660.00

$ 37,500



$ 45,825.00

Applicants may select ANY amount between the minimum and maximum; the chart above is for illustrative purposes


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:

Proposals must be submitted by 4:00 pm, local time, on February 21, 2018