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12 AmeriCorps programs across Maine awarded $1.84M for 2019-20 program year

August 19th, 2019

Funds will strengthen efforts of programs to serve and improve communities state-wide

""AUGUSTA – 262 AmeriCorps positions have been funded for the 2019-20 program year to serve communities across Maine. The funds will support the efforts of AmeriCorps members to address opioid misuse, enhance K-12 education for underserved populations and at-risk youth, improve access and conserve the environment, and augment job skills and readiness, among other outcomes.

The Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS) is funding 12 Maine AmeriCorps programs with a total of $1,835,715 using monies provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency supporting National Service programs. These initiatives will be bolstered by an additional $1.4 million in local funds and in-kind contributions.

MCCS approved funding for eight programs that applied for an AmeriCorps Formula Grant, which are awarded to states each year based on a population formula. This includes $152,209 in funding for the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP) to establish a new program, First4 AmeriCorps. The funding will provide member opportunities to work in infant and preschool classrooms throughout the KVCAP service area to improve school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children. KVCAP Child & Family Services will provide an additional $88,533 to the project. Please view the link to learn more about First4 AmeriCorps.

Seven of those eight programs applied for funds through the Maine Rural State AmeriCorps Grant Initiative. This grant design allows organizations in rural states, such as Maine, to scale their programs down to a size appropriate for the community and host two to five members instead.

2019 AmeriCorps Formula Grant awards

(Award winners listed by program name followed by grantee in brackets. Asterisk indicates Maine Rural State AmeriCorps Grant winners.)

  • Access to Success with AmeriCorps* (MSAD 70), Hodgdon: $47,973/three members
  • AmeriCorps Outdoor Adventure Program* (Midcoast Conservancy), Edgecomb: $60,061/four members
  • Colby College Maine Rural AmeriCorps* (President and Trustees of Colby College), Waterville: $30,384/two members
  • First4 AmeriCorps (Kennebec Valley Community Action Program/Educare Central Maine): $152,209/15 members
  • I Know ME AmeriCorps Mentoring Program* (Maine Youth Alliance/the Game Loft), Belfast: $30,292/two members
  • Seeds of Hope AmeriCorps* (Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center), Biddeford: $29,772/two members
  • Skowhegan AmeriCorps Outdoor Recreation Program* (Maine Street Skowhegan), Skowhegan: $45,575/three members
  • Trekkers AmeriCorps Community Outreach* (Trekkers, Inc.), Thomaston: $30,305/two members


Earlier this year, MCCS recommended four applications to the federal AmeriCorps competition for funding consideration by CNCS. All four organizations were successful in this two-tiered grant competition. State commissions, tribes, and multi-state programs participate in the competitive grant cycle.

2019 AmeriCorps Competitive Grant awards

(Award winners listed by program name followed by grantee in brackets.) 

  • LearningWorks AIMS HIGH (LearningWorks), Portland: $287,259/52 members
  • Maine Dept. of Agriculture/Maine Conservation Corps, Augusta: $660,224/109 members
  • Maine Partnership for Environmental Stewardship (University of Southern Maine/Maine Campus Compact), Portland: $177,893/38 members
  • Maine RecoveryCorps Program (Healthy Acadia), Ellsworth: $283,768/30 members


For more information on current Maine AmeriCorps programs, click the link to view the National Service portion of the website.

About the Commission

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of the scope and the impact of the volunteer sector, and encouraging an ethic of service.

About AmeriCorps and CNCS

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, click the link to visit the offical CNCS website.

For all media inquiries

Contact: Bryan Roche, Communications Officer, Maine Commission for Community Service
Office: 207-624-7836 
Email: bryan.roche@maine.gov