What is Climate Resilience?

Resilience is preparing for, responding to and recovering from hazardous events or disturbances. A resilient community has a plan to protect its people, infrastructure and environment from coming risks.  
Resilience planning often takes form as projects familiar to planning boards and committees. A few examples:  

  • Ensuring roads and bridges are prepared for sudden floods  
  • Improving public landings and wharves to be able to withstand rising sea levels  
  • Taking steps to cope with drought and other extreme weather conditions  
  • Assessing regional and demographic vulnerabilities 
  • Incorporating changing concerns into town policies, plans, processes and ordinances 
  • Reducing emissions and transitioning to sources of clean energy
What entities are eligible to join the Partnership?

All municipal and tribal governments in Maine are eligible to enroll in the Partnership, either individually, or as part of a regional group.

What are the benefits of enrolling in the Partnership?

The Community Resilience Partnership provides direction and grants in support of municipal, Tribal government, and regional climate projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change.  

As demonstrated in Maine Won’t Wait, many Maine communities lack the resources to take climate action on their own. The Partnership promotes collaboration and capacity building to support small and large communities alike to take climate action.

How is the Partnership funded?

The source of funding for these grants is the biennial state budget, so applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize Community Action Grants as matching funds for federal grants. Community Action Grants may also be used to close funding gaps for projects utilizing funding sources from other state programs. 

Community Action Grants may be used to augment other state funding opportunities, such as Efficiency Maine’s rebate programs. However, the applicant must demonstrate that the other source of funding has been or will be maximized before funding from a Community Action Grant is allowed. For example, a town wishing to purchase an electric vehicle or upgrade to energy efficient LED lighting must demonstrate that Efficiency Maine’s incentives are being applied first to the project budget. 

Is there a list of example projects that are eligible for grant funds?

The Partnership includes a List of Community Actions that align with the strategies of Maine Won’t Wait. The list of actions provides direction to communities looking to get started and is organized by Maine Won’t Wait Strategy Areas. No-match Climate Action Grants are available to support implementation of activities from the List of Climate Actions. 

Other climate and energy activities that are not on the List of Community Actions but are identified by the community as priorities are also eligible for grants; these grants will have local match requirements. 

How long do the grants last?

Community Action Grants are available for up to 2 years, depending on the scope of work proposed in the application.  

Service provider grants are available for up to 1 year, however service providers are encouraged to prepare communities for the earliest possible enrollment.

Can my community or regional group apply for multiple projects at once? 

All of the actions on the List of Community Actions – from planning projects to developing ordinances to capital improvements – are eligible for no-match Community Action Grants. Communities are encouraged to combine multiple related actions from the Inventory into a single application.

My community has already taken significant actions on climate resilience. Are we eligible?

Communities that have already taken significant climate action should review their past activities, complete the two self-assessments, provide documentation of a qualifying community workshop, pass or amend a resolution, and submit an enrollment form in order to participate in the program.

My community needs assistance to identify projects or priorities. Where do we start?

Communities that are still in the early stages of planning for climate action may choose to complete the three enrollment activities on their own but will find benefits to working with a service provider and neighboring communities through the Service Provider Grants.

My organization is a service provider helping communities to enroll in the program. Can we apply for Community Action Grants?

Communities are strongly encouraged to be the primary applicants for Community Action Grants. However, recognizing that very small communities in Maine may not be able to manage grants, Service Providers may apply on behalf of a community, or group of communities, only for actions on the List of Community Actions. Letters of support must be provided from each community.

What if my community has not completed many of the activities listed in the Community Resilience Self-Evaluation and the List of Community Actions?

The self-evaluation and list of actions are intended to help communities identify opportunities and next steps. Consider reaching out to a Service Provider in your region if you need help prioritizing your next steps.  

The results of your self-assessments will not impact grant scoring or awards.