The Maine Commission for Community Service solicits proposals to support future AmeriCorps program applicants as it undertakes the planning required to move a sound program concept through development to implementation. Planning grant funds may not be used to support AmeriCorps members or supplement operations of an existing program.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in team-based community service to meet critical local needs. Funding priorities in this competition are identified in the Request for Proposals document and there is a special focus on proposals from Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, Waldo and Washington counties.

Eligible applicants include private or public nonprofit organizations, state/local government, Native American Tribal governments and institutions of higher education that have never received grant funding to operate an AmeriCorps State/National program. Typical grants range from $12,000 to $30,000, depending on the length of time proposed by the applicant (six to 12 months).

All proposals must be submitted electronically using the federal eGrants system and copies of required attachments received for opening by the Division of Purchases, Burton Cross Building, 4th Floor, 111 Sewall St., 9 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0009, no later than 2 p.m. EST Friday, April 23.

The RFP is available on maineservicecommission.gov. Hard copies are available by contacting: Maine Commission for Community Service, State Planning Office, 187 State S., 38 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, telephone number 287-1485.

The state of Maine reserves the right to reject any or all proposals received.