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Grants to Maine CBOs for Programs to Prevent Youth Involvement with the Justice System

Supporting Community-Based Alternatives to Justice System Involvement Grant


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Funding Source
State of Maine Governors Office of Policy Innovation and the Future
Department of Corrections (DOC)
Funding or PIN Number: RFA 202304096
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maine

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/31/23 11:59 PM Local Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maine community-based organizations to provide services and support to youth and families. Funding is intended for preventative activities for youth involved with or at risk of involvement with the justice system. Eligible activities include trauma-informed programs, delinquency prevention, and alternatives to justice system involvement.

One of the four goals in the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) 3-Year Plan is to support the “development of a robust community-based continuum of care for youth involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system” (Goal One).

Through this RFA, the JJAG seeks to provide funding to support the work of partnerships between schools and local, community-based organizations that work with youth, families, and care groups.  Communities have unique needs that are best identified and served by individuals who live in the community, share community ties, cultural identity, geographic location, and may have similar lived experiences.  

Through this initiative the funding source hopes to support partnerships between schools and community-based organizations working locally with youth and families to build community strength in ways that help keep young people in their communities and out of the formal youth justice system. Specifically, the goal is to assist and empower organizations to respond to a youth’s misconduct in ways that promote community safety and build the youth’s capacity for vital connections within their families, care groups, schools and larger communities. 

In addition to the proposed goals and metrics presented in Parts 3 and 4 of this RFA, applicant should describe how their proposed services will impact the following areas.

A. Delinquency Prevention activities designed and driven by local, community-based organizations in partnership with area schools to engage youth, families, or care groups in positive activities, especially during those peak delinquency out of school times that are culturally competent and/or gender responsive. 

  1. After School Programs
  2. Mentoring Programs
  3. School Attendance Support Programs

B. Alternatives to formal justice system involvement for dispute resolution and/or community healing and accountability.  

  1. Community or School- Based Restorative Justice Programs 
  2. Local Community Service Programs
  3. Local Diversion Programs

C. Trauma Informed Programs to help youth, families, or care groups address any trauma they may have experienced and develop the resiliency skills needed to thrive. Some program areas may include: 

  1. Supporting access to healthcare, transportation, food security, or housing.
  2. Responding to loss of a parent via addiction, incarceration, or death.
  3. Building resiliency skills to help youth thrive and feel connected to community. 
  4. Individual growth through mentoring one on one or through a group.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The JJAG plans to provide awards as a result of the RFA process, to small, community-based organizations working with other community-based organizations, schools, youth and families to develop in alternative responses to the justice system for youth in crisis.

Any local or regional community-based organization that works with youth and families are eligible to apply. The organization must be providing supports and services for a demonstrated need within the community that improves the community connectedness and the mental, and physical well-being of youth and does this work in collaboration with the area schools. Eligible organizations will describe existing collaborations with other local organizations and areas schools and how this grant will grow these relationships to the benefit of local youth in these communities.

Activities that are not allowable under this grant include:
● Purchase of equipment, defined as an item with an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit and a useful lifetime of more than one year (see 2 CFR 200.1 for the definition of Equipment).
● Funding pre-existing positions or programs unless they are expanding in scale and capacity.
● Purchases of food for staff or participant consumption, unless the food is prepared by the youth, as a teaching or cultural exercise and they are then allowed to consume the food or take it home.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Informational Meeting

Date: Tuesday 05/16/2023 Time: 2:00 p.m., local time
Location: Zoom Link:

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be received by the Division of Procurement Services by: Initial Submission Deadline: 05/31/2023, no later than 11:59 p.m., local time. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Division of Procurement Services.

Submitted Questions: All questions must be submitted, by e-mail, to the RFA Coordinator no later than 05/19/2023 at 11:59 pm. Submissions must include “RFA# 202304096 Questions” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Additional Funding Information

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Term of Contract
24-month time frame

Contact Information
Applications must be submitted electronically to the Division of Procurement Services at and must include “RFA# 202304096 Application Submission” in the subject line of the e-mail.

RFA Coordinator
Name: Linda Barry Potter Title: Juvenile Justice Specialist
Contact Information:

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