Grants to Maine municipal and tribal governments for projects that address climate change. Funding is intended to support activities that foster resilience to the effects of climate change, reduce energy costs and use, and transition to clean energy. Collaborative proposals from two or more communities are encouraged.
Community Action Grants can support two categories of climate action by communities: 1) actions from the List of Community Actions, an approved list of climate mitigation and adaptation activities that align with the strategies of Maine Won’t Wait, and 2) other projects proposed by a community that support capacity building, planning, and implementation projects.These options offer guidance for communities starting on climate plans and incentivize a baseline level of climate action across the state. They also provide flexibility by allowing communities to choose actions from the List that are most relevant and feasible, while also providing support for community climate and energy priorities that may not appear on the List of Community Actions.There are two specific types of Community Action Grants: Grants to support implementation of one or more activities in the List of Community Actions (https://www.maine.gov/future/climate/community-resilience-partnership/join) that align with the state climate action plan, Maine Won’t Wait. There is no local matching funds requirement for these grants. Grants to support other community-defined climate and energy implementation priorities. A local match is required.Equity Outcomes:Maine’s climate response must ensure shared benefits across diverse populations of Maine people. Applicants should include robust community engagement in their action grant proposals, for example, inclusive planning processes so that diverse community voices are able to participate. Climate change impacts will create the greatest hardships for already marginalized communities, and Maine must identify and promote solutions to help the people most vulnerable to climate impacts. Applicants should consider the potential benefits of their proposed climate action projects and, if applicable, describe how the project distributes those benefits equitably.