Frequently Asked Questions
Maine Forest Service Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
- 11.4 million in funds were awarded on August 19 by the US Forest Service and will be administered by the Department of Conservation, Maine Forest Service. Funds will be awarded through a competitive grant process to Maine municipalities, with a preference to economically depressed counties with higher unemployment rates - Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, and Washington.
- The Request for Applications was released on Thursday, October 29, 2009. Applications are due January 5, 2010.
- The initiative will be available to all Maine communities including schools, hospitals, and state, county, local and tribal governments. More specifically, the sub-recipients of the grant funds will be Maine municipalities and government entities, as opposed to a vendor or contractor. We anticipate the creation of 200 jobs and being able to fund a minimum of 15 projects.
- Our goal, and the intent of the Recovery funds, is to provide shovel ready projects an opportunity to complete their already underway projects.
- Projects will be scored based on predetermined scoring criteria, outlined in the Request for Applications (RFA). Funds will be awarded in accordance with State procurement standards, as well as the stringent ARRA federal and state guidelines.
- It is possible that there will be remaining funds after funds are awarded to shovel ready projects, in which case we may issue a second RFA and distribute the remaining funds to projects that may not be as far a long. These projects will likely be in line for the 2010 / 2011 heating season.
- As with all recovery funds the intent is to create jobs in the near-term. For this reason this program has a two-year shelf life and all funds will be administered within that time frame.
- Promotion of sustainable management of forest land and procuring certified products will be a key component of this program.
- No public workshops or bidders conferences will be held, as previously anticipated.
- No Letter of Intent is required, as previously anticipated.
- Please download the RFA for additional details about the program and application guidelines.
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