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FEMA Assistance for Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford & Somerset Counties

Monday, February 26, 2024

There are a variety of FEMA disaster assistance programs and resources available for individuals impacted by the December 2023 storms and flooding.  Municipal officials from the impacted counties are encouraged to share this information with members of their communities.  DR-4754-ME NR 07 Beware of Fraud and Scams DR-4754-ME NR 017 Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Kennebec County DR-4754-ME NR-01 FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Crews Support Maine Communities ...

Socially Connected Communities Webinar

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

The Maine Resilience Building Network (NRBN) is hosting an interactive Action Guide for Building Socially Connected Communities virtual workshop on Thursday, February 29 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.  The program is free for MRBN members and $30 for non-members. 

For more information about the workshop, please visit this link

Penobscot Energy Resilience Initiative

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

On Monday, February 12, the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions will host a discussion with Gary Fearon, Director of Housing, Penobscot Indian Nation, focused on the initiatives the Tribal Nation has taken to make energy resilience a priority.                                                               ...

Funding Opportunity: Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grants in Maine

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Maine Forest Service is pleased to announce the availability of grants for community forestry projects under the Urban and Community Forestry Inflation Reduction Act Grant Program. Through Project Canopy, a program by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Maine Forest Service, a total of $1,000,000 in grants will be offered, comprising $250,000 in Project Canopy Assistance grants and $750,000 in Inflation Reduction Act Urban and Community Forestry...

December 2023 Disaster Assistance Funding

Thursday, February 1, 2024

On January 30, 2024, President Biden awarded Androscoggin, Franklin, Hancock, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington Counties a Public Assistance Disaster Declaration (DR-4754) for the December 17-21, 2023 storm.  This grant funding will provide financial assistance for emergency work and repair or replacement of eligible public infrastructure disaster-damaged facilities. To facilitate the grant process and requirements for this event, MEMA’s Public...

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) – Important Application Deadline

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Maine Housing will stop processing new HEAP applications as of 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2024.  Based on the current rate of applications, approvals, denials, and average benefit paid, the deadline will enable the authority to serve all who apply before that date.  Maine Housing is advising the following: “The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a program that provides a fixed amount of funding to Maine each year from the federal government. Based on the most current...

MMA’s 7th Grade Essay Contest Deadline Extended to February 14

Friday, January 26, 2024

We are extending the deadline for essay submissions to February 14. This contest asks 7th grade students to demonstrate their understanding of municipal government by writing an essay entitled, “If I Led My Community . . .” Please visit https://www.memun.org/Training/Citizen-Education/Essay-Contest for details, and encourage your local 7th grade teacher(s) to invite their students to participate.

Apply for a Summer Municipal Intern and MMA Intern Grant by March 3

Friday, January 26, 2024

Towns and cities wanting to host an intern this summer through the Maine Government Summer Internship Program can submit their applications beginning February 1 with a due date of March 3. To learn more about the internship program and apply, visit the program’s website or view the recording of an informational webinar held on January by program and MMA staff. MMA is also pleased to offer four $3,500 grants to municipalities that host an intern through the program this summer. More...

Help for Coastal Communities

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

It's almost impossible to gauge the full extent of the repercussions from the storms that hit Maine's coast on 1/10 and 1/13. The destruction was quick, but the rebuilding of the working waterfront will likely take years. The construction of new wharves is hindered by the high cost and scarcity of necessary supplies. Additionally, various industries, including construction and surveying, are grappling with a shortage of labor. The impact on Maine's working waterfront is currently...

Siting Solar Installations on Farmlands

Friday, January 5, 2024

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy will host a series of online listening sessions in January about the siting of solar installations on agricultural land and are interesting in hearing from Maine stakeholders about the benefits and challenges posed by the development of clean energy sites in rural communities to help inform future decisions.  There are four online sessions scheduled, as well as an email address to submit written comments: Government...