Community Resilience Partnership

Working to help Maine communities reduce emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change.

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Through grants and direct support to municipal and tribal governments and unorganized territories, the Community Resilience Partnership assists communities to reduce carbon emissions, transition to clean energy, and become more resilient to climate change effects such as extreme storms, flooding, rising sea levels, public health impacts, and more. 

See our Partner communities and where grants are at work across Maine.

Hear from Partnership communities in our video:

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New Grant Opportunities

The Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future is excited to announce the opening of three grant opportunities for municipal and tribal governments and unorganized territories through the Community Resilience Partnership. 

Community Action Grants (up to $50,000)

Energy Efficiency Priorities Grants (up to $100,000)

  • Grant application deadline closed. Applications are currently under review and additional information will be posted once available. 
  • This is a special, one-time grant offering through the Community Resilience Partnership to distribute federal funds to disadvantaged communities for projects that improve energy efficiency and implement clean energy systems. 
  • GOPIF anticipates making 10 awards of approximately $100,000 each to eligible communities through a competitive Request for Applications (RFA) process. To be eligible, communities must be enrolled in the Partnership AND be designated as "disadvantaged" by the federal EPA CEJST tool. See RFA for full eligibility requirements.
  • View RFA and Application Form
  • Watch the recording of the Information Webinar from January 4, 2024
  • View the slide presentation from the Informational Webinar

Service Provider Grants 

For communities that are not eligible for the Community Action Grant and Energy Efficiency Priorities Grant this round, contact your Regional Coordinator about applying for other grants this spring: Coastal Communities Grants, FEMA-Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), EPA Clean School Bus, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (for tribes and 10 largest towns in Maine). The Fall 2024 Community Action Grant will be open to all enrolled communities.

Community Engagement and Equity Webinar

The Community Resilience Partnership held a Community Engagement and Equity Webinar that gave an overview of the equity framework developed by the Maine Climate Council Equity Subcommittee and how it translates into actionable steps that communities can take to increase resilience, community engagement, equitable consideration of benefits, and support grant proposal development. 

Enroll Now

Enrollment in the Community Resilience Partnership is the first step to become eligible for a grant. Municipal governments, Tribal Governments, plantations, townships, and unorganized territories can enroll in the Partnership at anytime. 

Learn more about the enrollment process.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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In the second year of the Community Resilience Partnership, we're pleased to announce that the Partnership made 53 direct grants to towns, tribes, and unorganized communities in Maine, totaling $2.75 million. Additionally, $298,805 in Service Provider Grants is helping 25 communities determine local priorities, enroll in the Partnership, and apply for grants to support their energy efficiency, clean energy, and community resilience goals. A total of 174 communities and 22 service provider organizations are currently participating in the Partnership. 


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About the Partnership

Recommended by Maine's four-year climate action plan, Maine Won't Wait, the Partnership offers communities support for both climate mitigation and adaptation activities. It is administered by the Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. For more information, email Ashley Krulik, Community Resilience Partnership Program Manager.

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