Climate Education Professional Development Pilot Grant Program

Maine 130th legislature passed a resolve, sponsored by Representative Blume of York and Senator Breen of Cumberland, to create a pilot program to encourage climate education in Maine's schools.

This pilot program will be awarding grants for high-quality professional development designed and carried out in partnership with community-based nonprofit organizations. Grant awards will be accessible to all local education providers throughout the state for Pre K through grade 12. The program will be giving priority to applications that:

  1. Serve historically underserved by climate education communities
  2. Serve socioeconomically disadvantaged school districts
  3. Emphasize interdisciplinary, project-based, and/or place-based learning 
Eligible Applicants:
  1. A school administrative unit as described in 20-A M.R.S.A §1, 26,
  2. A school in an unorganized territory under 20-A M.R.S.A Chapter 119,
  3. A private school approved for the receipt of public funds under 20-A M.R.S.A. Chapter 177, or
  4. A CTE Region school/program established under 20-A M.R.S.A. Chapter 313, Subchapter 4 (Applied Technology Education).

Community Partners

If you are a non-profit organization with a focus on community, climate, the environment, outdoors, and/or education in the state of Maine, you have an amazing and crucial part to play in this program. 

  1. Community Partners will facilitate and provide the professional development.
  2. Community Partners can reach out to, encourage, and help local education providers apply for this RFA program (*local education providers must submit the application).
  3. Community Partners can establish lasting partnerships with schools that last beyond the program.


Funds Available $1,800,000
Maximum funds available for a single grant $999,999
Applicable Use of Funds
  1. Hiring or contracting for program staff;
  2. Providing stipends or other incentives to teachers, paraprofessionals, retired teachers, and community organizations;
  3. Developing curricula and related supplies;
  4. Covering costs associated with renting or purchasing physical space for programming; and
  5. Paying administrative expenses
Phase / Timeline  
Phase I
  • Application Window: September 14th - November 3rd, 2023
  • Q&A: Questions Due by October 6th
  • Award Window: November - August 31st, 2024
Phase II
  • Application Window: January - March 2024
  • Award Window: July 2024 - June 2025
  • More information coming soon! 

RFA, Q&A Summary, and Any Amendments



Teddy Lyman
Climate Education Specialist
Phone: 207-592-0036