HCBS Innovation Pilot Grants

A Path for Me logo showing a drawing of two mountain peaksThe Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) is providing the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Innovation Pilot Grants program to provide grants of up to $500,000 to programs to support development of pilot projects in alignment with HCBS goals for current HCBS waivers 18, 19, 20, 21, and 29.

The goal of the grant program is to develop innovative services that can be demonstrated through pilots and evaluated to identify those that are effective. The services piloted through this program may be incorporated into to the A Path for ME HCBS Lifespan Project, a new waiver being planned for launch in 2025.

Grantmaking for the program will take in two phases. The first round of applications closed in November 2022. The second round of grants is currently accepting Requests for Applications (RFA) until February 24, 2023. See below for information on the project timeline and the RFA.

Partnering with the National Disability Institute

OADS is partnering with the National Disability Institute (NDI) to support the awardees in the pursuit of quality outcomes and project support. NDI will:

  • Act as a fiscal agent to distribute the funds and monitor grant activity;
  • Provide technical assistance to awardees as needed to support skill development, including subject matter experts’ experience and insight; and
  • Support individual project evaluation as well as provide overall project evaluation and final reporting.

Innovation Grants Webinar Series - Summer 2023

The Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) is offering three webinars during the summer of 2023.   The webinars will explain the 19 projects awarded to 14 provider awardees.  The sessions are organized by three groupings by type of project – Technology, Employment and Training and Community Inclusion.

We invite you to attend these sessions to learn about the innovative projects that have begun in Maine and will continue through December 2024. The links below will allow you to register for the events and to receive a link to the Webinar.

We are offering accommodations for American Sign Language (ASL) and Communication Access Real Time Transcription (CART).  If you require additional accommodation, please see information in the Zoom registration form.

Meeting Dates Meeting Slides Meeting Presentation Videos
June 27, 2023: Technology

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Presentation Video (YouTube)

IAM Health-Connect

IAM Tech- Connect


Spectrum Generations

Waypoint Neighborhood Network

Waypoint Supporting DSPs

July 18, 2023: Employment and Training

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Presentation Video (YouTube)

Goodwill NNE

IAM Employment- Connect

MaineHealth Benefits Counseling

MaineHealth Employment Liaison

SKILLS Inc. Pre-Employment

Woodfords Family Services
August 14, 2023: Community Inclusion

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Presentation Video (YouTube)

Disability Rights Maine

Independence Association

Living Innovations Shared Living


Rehab Without Walls

SKILLS Inc. Driver's Ed


Registration Link: https://mainestate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_faTPJB9jQG6J2ntfbgjegA

Project Timeline

Project maintenance

Project monthly meetings, developmental evaluation, and funding: Spring 2023 to Fall 2024

Project closure:

Conclude projects and final evaluation: September-March 2025

Contact Us

Please send us your questions, comments, or feedback to: Innovation.HCBS.DHHS@maine.gov