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Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Plan and Develop Volunteer-Based Service Programs

Maine AmeriCorps Planning Grant


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Volunteer Maine, Maine Commission for Community Service
and Maine AmeriCorps
Funding or PIN Number: RFP # 202303048
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maine

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/13/23 11:59 PM Local Time Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $60,000 and in-kind assistance to Maine nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions to develop volunteer-based service programs. Funding is intended to prepare a community-focused program that would be submitted to an operating grant competition within a year. Preference is given to organizations led by or primarily supporting historically marginalized communities and/or people.

Volunteer Maine, the Commission for Community Service, is seeking proposals for AmeriCorps Planning grants that address community issues in one of these categories:

  • Public Health – including domestic violence, abuse or neglect, substance use, emergency preparedness/response, adverse childhood experiences, and mental health; 
  • Workforce development – combining service with skill development or certifications that lead to post-service employment
  • Housing – affordable and safe housing; home energy conservation, weatherization, or repair including programs that perform the modifications, teach homeowners DIY skills or help residents connect with programs that offer financial assistance to accomplish the projects
  • Climate action compatible with Maine Won’t Wait (the state climate action plan) and Maine Climate Corps; and, 
  • Environmental/community resilience, adaptation, and sustainability including emergency preparedness.

During the planning period, the grantee will devote personnel to training and completing tasks that:

  • Clarify the scope and impact of the critical issue affecting their target community. 
  • Research and identify an evidence-based service response to the issue, one that can be implemented by AmeriCorps members and the community volunteers they recruit.  
  • Develop an operating model to deliver the services effectively. 
  • Establish effective partnerships to connect with community beneficiaries and acquire needed human, financial, and other resources. 
  •  Develop the human resource policies, systems, and management procedures required to recruit, select, onboard, supervise, evaluate, train, and record the accomplishments of both AmeriCorps members and community volunteers.
  •  Develop data collection systems that will be used for reporting, learning, and continuous improvement. 
  • Prepare to integrate AmeriCorps financial management requirements into agency policies and procedures; and
  • Educate financial, human resources, senior leadership, and relevant organizational staff about AmeriCorps grant provisions, regulations, and resources available for new grantees.

Throughout the planning grant, the organization’s lead planner and team members must participate in Commission training about specific aspects of program planning. The organization must also commit to completing critical tasks between training events.

An advisory committee must be created with a variety of community stakeholders including people who will benefit from the service activities. The Advisory Committee’s mission is to assist in crafting the overall program design by clarifying program goals, identifying AmeriCorps members' service activities and sites, developing partner roles, and outlining budget needs and sources of match funding. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Maine non-profits, State and local units of government, higher education institutions, faith-based organizations, and national or regional organizations intending to operate an AmeriCorps program only in Maine may apply.

Volunteer Maine will give preference points to partnerships or coalitions whose members represent local organizations working together on a common goal.

Preference is also given to applicants with a physical presence in and proposing to serve counties classified as 6, 7, or 8 on the USDA rural—urban continuum ( Those counties are Aroostook, Franklin, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington.

For a list of prohibited activities, see Page 8 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Proposal Conference
An Information Session will be held on March 29, 2023, at 10 am.

Register here:

Pre-Application Information
Both the proposal sections using the federal eGrants system and additional documents emailed to the Division of Procurement Services must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., local time on April 13, 2023.

All questions must be received by the RFA Coordinator by April 3, 2023, no later than 4:00 p.m., local time.

Applicants will need to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier with the federal System for Award Management and have an active registration.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
The Commission intends to fund one to three proposals through this competition but retains the right to fund none if the quality of proposals do not merit support.

Estimated Size of Grant
Typical awards are $60,000.

Term of Contract
10 months

Contact Information
Apply online:

Submit additional documents to

Questions must be submitted by email to with the subject line: “Maine AmeriCorps Planning Grant RFA #202303048.

Maryalice Crofton, RFA Coordinator
(207) 624-7792

Maine Commission for Community Service
19 Elkins Lane, 105 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-1005

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