Community Resilience Partnership

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The Community Resilience Partnership is funded through the Governor’s Office of Planning, Innovation, and the Future (GOPIF) to help towns access funds and technical support to improve their climate resilience. Through the partnership, towns can access no-match Community Action Grants (CAGs) as well as training, grant writing and technical assistance for other opportunities.

The Community Resilience Partnership has funded projects that reduce energy costs and/or make communities more resilient to severe weather and changing environments. More funds have just been approved for the coming year. Five Washington County communities have already received CAGs through this program and leveraged another $3.2 million for infrastructure upgrades and habitat improvement.

Jennifer Peters, Director of Community Development

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PARTNERSHIP?

Contact Tanya Rucosky, Community Resilience Partnership Coordinator

Phone: 207-259-0647

Email: trucosky@sunrisecounty.org

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

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Community Action Grants (up to $50,000)

Application Deadline: March 29, 2024

MORE ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP

The Community Resilience Partnership provided $4.75 million to municipalities through-out the state over the last year.

Community action grants are given directly to communities enrolled in the partnership to implement the 72 resiliency actions in the Maine Won’t Wait Climate Action Plan. These range from Transportation, Building Design, Supporting Natural Resources Jobs, Clean Energy, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Protecting Natural Areas, Improving Infrastructure, Assessing Vulnerable Infrastructure, Planning for Community Resilience, Strengthening Public Health and Engaging the Community.

READY TO ENROLL?

To join the Partnership, the Community 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 to assess existing progress and identify potential next steps:

  • Community Resilience Self-Evaluation – Assess how the community is addressing resilience in existing planning and operations
  • List of Community Actions – Indicate which actions the community has already 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-assessment 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 from the first three steps 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.) Information above provided by Maine Office of Policy Innovation & Future