Grant Competitions

This page has both the Commission's grant competition announcements and links to grants made directly by the AmeriCorps federal agency. Official competition announcements are on the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services page for Grants.  

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Youth Service Project Grants

Semester of Service Grants!

Applications due: November 9, 2023 – Deadline extended to November 21, 2023

Volunteer Maine, the state service commission, is inviting applications for mini-grants of up to $1,500 to support youth-led planning, development, and implementation of community service projects. 

The Semester of Service begins on Martin Luther King Day of Service (1/15/2024) and ends on National Youth Service Day (4/21/2024). Service projects may take place any time between those dates. Award recipients will participate in a Celebration of Service in April.

“Youth-led” means individuals 17 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. Youth-leadership is critical because it develops young people’s knowledge, skills and confidence to be catalysts for positive change within their communities. 

Eligible projects will be organized by a group of youth (class, club, team, youth faith group, etc.) to benefit a specific community, have a specific goal or result, and engage members of the community in carrying out the project. 

For complete details and application instructions, use this LINK to download guidelines.

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AmeriCorps State Grants

There is no active competition at this time. 


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Maine Climate Corps

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