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Oct. 17, 18 Bidders Conferences an opportunity for programs to learn more about open RFPs

October 16th, 2019

Two RFPs for AmeriCorps Grants Open: Bidders Conferences to give potential applicants information on each option

""AUGUSTA - Two requests for proposals (RFPs) opened on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

The Maine Rural State AmeriCorps program is for organizations that have never had AmeriCorps grant funds and only need 2-5 people to help with their plans.

The AmeriCorps State Competitive RFP is open to organizations with any level of AmeriCorps experience (none to many years) and in need of enough people to carry out 17,000 hours of service annually.

The announced Bidders Conferences (see below) will describe the common elements in program design and then cover the individual grant opportunities. Attendees will be able to learn about each type of grant so they can make an informed decision about submitting a proposal.

Bidders Conferences: Details

Registration is not required. The agenda is the same for both events and it covers both RFPs each time.

The first Bidders Conference will take place

October 17, 2019 from 9:30 am --- 4:30 pm at the Volunteer Maine office, Rm 110, 19 Elkins Lane, Augusta. (Click the link to view directions)

The second Bidders Conference will take place

October 18, 2019 from 9:30 am --- 4:30 pm at UMaine Center on Aging Conference Rm, Camden Hall, 25 Texas Avenue, Bangor. (Click the link to view directions)

RFP #201909160, AmeriCorps State Competitive Grants (Cost Reimbursement and Fixed Amount)

Volunteer Maine, the Commission for Community Service, is seeking proposals for AmeriCorps State Competitive program operating grants. Programs must be at least 17,000 hours of service during each of the 3 grant years.

Applicants must implement an evidence-based program model, use standardized performance measures to demonstrate accomplishments, and conduct an overall program evaluation. Program activities must fall under one of the federally authorized categories.

Eligible applicants are public or non-profit agencies, higher education institutions, and regional organizations that will operate an AmeriCorps program solely within Maine. Typical awards for range from $180,000 to $700,000.

A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained by clicking the link and at MaineServiceCommission.gov

Two Bidders Conferences will be held. See info above.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as directed in the RFP. Both the proposal sections using the federal eGrants system and additional documents emailed to the Division of Procurement Services (Proposals@maine.gov) must be submitted November 14, 2019, no later than 11:59 p.m., local time.

Proposals will be opened at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street - 4th Floor, Augusta, Maine the following business day.

Proposals not submitted through eGrants and the Division of Procurement Services' aforementioned email address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

RFP#201909166, Maine Rural State AmeriCorps

Volunteer Maine, the Commission for Community Service, is seeking proposals for small AmeriCorps programs under the Maine Rural State AmeriCorps grant competition. Programs must be designed to enroll between two and five full-time AmeriCorps members during each of the grant's 3 budget periods. Each AmeriCorps member service plan must require full-time service (40 hours/week) and all must serve within the applicant organization.

AmeriCorps direct service activities permitted include economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship (including housing, energy conservation), disaster services, veteran services, or healthy futures. In addition, proposals selected must commit to engaging local volunteers in the direct service and building internal capacity to engage volunteers. Applications to serve any rural area are welcome; however, there is a preference for proposals from Franklin, Hancock, Oxford, Somerset, Waldo, Aroostook, Knox, Washington, Lincoln, or Piscataquis counties.

Eligible applicants include Maine non-profits, faith-based organizations, State and local units of government, higher education institutions, and county organizations intending to operate an AmeriCorps program within Maine. Applicants may not have been an AmeriCorps grantee. Awards will range from $30,384 for a team of two AmeriCorps members up to $75,960 for a team of five.

A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained by clicking the link and at MaineServiceCommission.gov

Two Bidders Conferences will be held. See info above.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as directed in the RFP. Both the proposal sections using the federal eGrants system and additional documents emailed to the Division of Procurement Services (Proposals@maine.gov) must be submitted November 14, 2019, no later than 11:59 p.m., local time.

Proposals will be opened at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street - 4th Floor, Augusta, Maine the following business day. Proposals not submitted through eGrants and the Division of Procurement Services' aforementioned email address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.