Joining the Partnership

Participation in the Partnership is open to all municipalities and federally recognized tribes and unorganized territories in Maine. To join, a community must meet three criteria: adopting a resolution of commitment, completing a pair of self-assessments, and holding a community workshop to prioritize initial climate resilience and clean energy actions. 

Communities with a record of climate action may join the Partnership by reviewing past activities, completing the self-assessments, providing proof of a qualifying community workshop, and passing or amending a resolution. Communities yet to begin climate action can choose to complete these steps on their own but may find greater benefit in working with a service provider and neighboring communities to join the Partnership as a group.

Please use this form to submit enrollment materials for your community.

Eligibility Criteria

Municipal governments, Tribal Governments, plantations, townships, and unorganized territories in Maine are eligible to enroll in the Community Resilience Partnership.

To join the Partnership, a municipal or tribal government in Maine must complete the following steps:  

  1. Adopt a municipal resolution, or provide a letter from the Tribal Chief, that establishes or designates either a citizen committee or a municipal or tribal government employee to coordinate activities to reduce energy use and costs, transition to clean energy and make the community more resilient to climate change. Plantations, townships, and unorganized territories may alternately provide a letter containing the information above from a Board of Assessors, county UT coordinator, or county council. Sample language for the resolution is provided.
  2. Complete two self-assessments: a Community Resilience Self-Evaluation and the List of Community Actions to assess existing progress and identify potential next steps
    1. Community Resilience Self-Evaluation – Assess how the community is addressing resilience in existing planning and operations
    2. List of Community Actions – Indicate which actions the community has completed or are in progress. (The List may also be a tool to identify future work.)
  3. Hold a public workshop(s) to review the self-assessments results and prioritize projects for implementation. Document the meeting agenda(s), participants, minutes, and priority action list, and a description of the steps taken ensure robust community engagement and participation of diverse community voices.
  4. Submit the community’s enrollment materials through this online form. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, there are no deadlines. (Communities must be enrolled, or have submitted enrollment materials, at the time they apply for a Community Action Grant.)
Enrollment Documentation

To enroll in the Partnership, a community must provide:  

  • A copy of the fully enacted municipal resolution or letter from Tribal Chief;  
  • The completed Community Resilience Self-Evaluation and the List of Community Actions; 
  • A summary of the community workshop(s), including an agenda, participant list, priority action list, and a description of the steps taken ensure robust community engagement and participation of diverse community voices.  
  • A completed Community Enrollment Form (link). 
Enrollment Assistance & Regional Groups

Communities that would like planning and technical assistance to enroll in the Partnership and apply for Community Action Grants are encouraged to partner with a Service Provider Organization. A list of organizations that are interested in supporting communities will be updated here. A separate grant program for service providers is available to support this assistance to communities.

Maintaining Active Partnership Status

To maintain active status in the program, every two years communities must: 

  • Submit a report on new actions completed 
  • Submit an updated Community Resilience Self-Evaluation  
  • Submit an updated List of Community Actions that shows at least  two new action items have been completed during the preceding two years 

If any of these reporting and progress requirements are not met, the community will be listed as inactive and ineligible for further grants. 

To reactivate, the community must submit an updated Community Resilience Self-Evaluation and List of Community Actions.