Preparation Notes

Where do I find current Requests for Applications (RFAs)?

The State of Maine Division of Procurement Services and Volunteer Maine, the Maine Commission for Community Service, both post opportunities when RFAs are active. Volunteer Maine posts on the grant competitions page of the website.

The Division of Procurement Services RFA page lists all State of Maine active RFAs. The default setting on the page is to sort by RFA number, which can make specific RFAs difficult to locate. The simplest strategy is to click on the Date Posted column heading twice so that the most recent RFAs appear at the top of the list.

All notices about changes in the RFA and answers to submitted questions are also posted in both locations.

Registrations Required for Applicants Seeking Federal funds

Applications for AmeriCorps federal resources must include a Unique Entity ID generated by the federal System for Award Management (SAM) and be registered with SAM.

SAM is the comprehensive database for federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. It collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of Federal agency contracts, grant awards, cooperative agreements, and other forms of federal assistance.

All grant recipients are required to obtain a Unique Identifier through if they do not already have one.  You can obtain a Unique Identifier and register by using the following link -- access SAM website. If you are currently registered on, you already have a Unique Identifier and can find it on

There is NO fee to register through this site. We urge applicants that are not already registered with SAM to begin the registration process immediately in order to avoid any delays in submitting applications. It typically takes 3-5 days to finalize SAM registration.

Special Note: Agencies already registered on must ensure that the entity names and addresses entered during the application process EXACTLY match the information entered in SAM registration.  Access additional guidance related to matching information by using the following link (PDF) -- view additional guidance.