Grant Competitions

This section contains information about the Commission's grant-making and contracting activities. At times, there also may be information about funding opportunities offered by our partners or other Maine agencies. When the Commission does not have an active Request for Proposal or Notice of Funds Available, the corresponding section of this page will be empty.

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Youth Summer Service Project Grants

Submission Deadline: June 23, 2023
Projects to Occur: July 10 - August 27, 2023
Application Details and Instructions:  Download HERE (Word Doc)

Volunteer Maine, the state service commission, is inviting applications for mini-grants of up to $2,000 to support youth-led planning, development, and implementation of community service projects. Service projects may take place any time between July 10 and August 27.

Youth service has the greatest impact on learning and confidence when  it is youth-led. “Youth-led” means individuals 18 or younger take the lead in all aspects of the initiative (research, decision-making, design, implementation). Advisors over 18 years old are resources and process facilitators.

Eligible applicants are organizations with youth programs or youth members, 18 years old or younger, that are Maine public or private nonprofits, state/county/local units of government, higher ed institutions, faith-based organizations, Indigenous communities, and local schools. 

Regardless of the type of youth group, the legal applicant must have an employer identification number (EIN) and, if selected, accept responsibility for signing the grant agreement, accounting for grant funds, and submitting a report on the outcomes of the project. Awards will not be made to individuals.

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Maine AmeriCorps

No grant competitions are open at this time. The next call for grant proposals is expected to be October 2023.



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Maine Climate Corps

There is no active competition at this time. 

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Maine Volunteer Generation Fund Initiative

There is no active competition at this time. 




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Direct Grants from AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps NCCC North Central Region 2023-2024 Request for Applications

Who Can Receive a Team?

Nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government entities (federal, state and local), public schools and universities, and Native American Tribal Councils.

What Can Teams Do?

  • NCCC teams work on a variety of projects, each lasting up to the length of the round. Service areas include:
  • Disaster Mitigation, Response & Recovery
  • Urban and Rural Development
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Energy Conservation
  • Infrastructure Improvement

PLEASE NOTE: Due dates for project proposals vary.

To learn more about expectations of a project sponsor and how to apply use this LINK.

NOTE: Volunteer Maine staff are available to provide local advice on designing a project and submitting the proposal. 

Federal contact for next steps: 

Alana Svensen Hults, Assistant Program Director

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AmeriCorps Seniors

To find an AmeriCorps Seniors service opportunity near you, visit the AmeriCorps Seniors Pathfinder. Access more info on the AmeriCorps federal website here.