Building Stronger Communities Learning Series

These learning opportunities are designed for community members and leaders of municipalities already enrolled in the Community Resilience Partnership, those currently enrolling, as well as those interested in enrolling.

Towns enrolled in the Community Resilience Partnership receive technical assistance, help with coordinating projects, and assistance applying for a myriad of state, federal, and philanthropic grants for resiliency projects. This series will cover a variety of topics to benefit communities enrolled and enrolling in the Partnership, including specific guidance and funding opportunities for sea level rise, electrification, efficiencies, renewable energy, planning, stormwater management, green infrastructure, transportation, and more. This series will highlight the successes and challenges of town-specific projects and will provide a wide range of resources and tools to help enrolled and enrolling towns to build stronger communities.

The Community Resilience Partnership is a program from the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF), helping Maine communities reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change. The Partnership provides both grant funding and direct support to municipal and tribal governments for climate mitigation and adaptation projects.

UPCOMING SESSIONS 

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$125,000 Community Action Grants for Regional Projects

Virtual and in-person at AVCOG, CEBE & KVCOG 

Tuesday, January 31, 10:00 -11:00 am 


Join service providers A Climate To Thrive and Southern Maine Planning and Development for a discussion on how they each brought together neighboring communities to write climate action plans. We’ll also hear from Kennebec Valley Council of Governments on how three towns in central Maine are converging around a land conservation project and flood resilience for consideration under this program.

Efficiency Maine Incentives and Services for Municipal Energy Upgrades 

Virtual and in-person at AVCOG, CEBE & KVCOG 

Tuesday, February 14, 10:00 -11:00 am 


Join us to learn about Efficiency Maine’s municipal and tribal rebate programs on lighting, HVAC, refrigeration upgrades, and electric vehicles. We’ll also tour some recent municipal projects that took advantage of these programs.

Landfill Solar 

Virtual and in-person at AVCOG, CEBE & KVCOG  

Tuesday, March 9, 10:00 -11:30 am 


This session is aimed at informing decision-makers, department heads, and facility operators on opportunities to lower municipal operating costs through the beneficial reuse of landfills for solar installations. We will examine aspects of developing solar energy on landfills through case studies in Skowhegan, Paris, and Oakland. Solar developers and regulatory officials will also be joining to address the environmental, engineering, and related regulatory concerns of these projects. The session will be followed by a discussion of various funding programs that could assist with funding this development.

Launching and Funding Transportation Projects with the Maine Department of Transportation

Virtual only

Tuesday, March 21, 10:00 -11:00 am 


Learn about the grant opportunities with the Maine Dept. of Transportation and how to further those funds with federal grant opportunities. DOT will walk us through a project from start to finish and answer your questions about launching a project with DOT. Grants that will be covered include the Village Partnership, Workforce Grant, Planning and Municipal Partnership programs, culvert replacement grants, and EV charging. 

Municipal EV Development

Virtual and in-person at AVCOG, CEBE, GPCOG & KVCOG 

Tuesday, April 11, 10:00 -11:30 am 


With over $19 million in EV charging infrastructure investment over the next 5 years, what should municipalities be paying attention to? From installing municipal charging stations to electrifying fleets, charging station ordinances, and EV funding opportunities we’ll cover the bases.

PAST SESSIONS

#1 Introducing the Community Resilience Partnership

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 10:00 -11:15 am 

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SLIDE DECK HERE


The Community Resilience Partnership (CRP) is a new state grant program aimed at helping communities become more resilient. Learn about the steps to enroll your community, the no-match grant opportunities, and the ongoing technical assistance available to help towns fund their priority projects through this program.

#2 Climate Change: From Understanding to Action

Thursday, December 29, 2022 12:00 -1:30 am 

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Learn about the Climate Science behind Maine Won’t Wait – the state’s four-year climate action plan. Discover how communities enrolled in the Community Resilience Partnership are using tools and strategies in the plan to lessen their climate impact and achieve cost savings and efficiencies while reducing the emissions that drive climate change.

#3 Funding Projects Into the Future

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 10:00 -11:00 am 

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Hear from communities enrolled in the partnership as to how they were able to leverage multiple funding sources for a project related to building upgrades, land conservation, transportation, and more. This session will prepare towns in applying for Community Action Grant this March.

additional sessions Coming Soon! 

Sessions on Inflation Reduction Act & Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and more will be added soon. Stay tuned!


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