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.
Maine Youth Climate Corps Grants
Application deadline: March 10, 2024 on or before 11:59 pm
Project Guidelines and Application Directions: DOWNLOAD HERE
Information session: February 21, 2024 starting at 10:00 AM Eastern (use THIS LINK to register)
Volunteer Maine is accepting proposals for Maine Youth Climate Corps grants of up to $10,000. Participants (aka members) are between 14 and 17 years of age. The funding may be used to support members or staff during the youth corps' operation between May 1 and December 31, 2024.
Youth Corps service projects need to focus on the "land and freshwater preservation" goal of Maine Won't Wait, the state climate action plan. High quality Youth Corps
- have the members carry out the service,
- provide the members with training and education that benefits their service and their future learning or career aspirations, and
- increase community resilience by engaging community volunteers in the service activities.
Preference points for geographic area will be awarded to projects in under served areas of Maine. For this competition, “under served” areas are described in the Maine Climate Council Sub-Committee on Equity report: low-income communities, rural communities, disadvantaged communities, and/or Tribal and Indigenous communities.
Eligible applicants are Maine public or private non-profits, state/county/local units of government, higher education institutions, faith-based organizations, labor organizations, federally recognized Tribes, and regional organizations that will support members entirely within Maine.
Grant funds may be used for program staff/leadership expenses including payroll, benefits, training, etc and/or member expenses including, stipends, insurance, travel, training, wrap-around supports, etc. Any expenses to support the member’s successful participation and overcome barriers such as work boots, bus passes to reach the service site, etc, are eligible.
An information session for potential applicants will take place over zoom on February 21, 2024 from 10-11:30 AM Eastern. Participants can pre-register any time before the start of the session.
AmeriCorps State Grants
There is no active competition at this time.
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