Community Resilience Partnership

Governor’s Office of Policy, Innovation, and the Future’s Community Resilience Partnership

About the Community Resilience Partnership

This program will provide $4.75 million over the next two years to fund projects that reduce energy use and costs and/or make communities more resilient to severe weather and changing environments. 

 Two Grant Opportunities

  1. Community action grants are given directly to communities who are enrolled in the partnership to implement these 72 resiliency actions with no match required. Grant awards are up to $50,000 for each municipality or up to $100,000 when two to five communities’ partner on a project. These funds can also be used as match for other grants, including federal programs, that support any of the 72 prescribed actions. Grants applications are due in March and September of 2022 with similar deadlines anticipated in 2023.
  2. Service provider grants are available to service providers and county governments to assist between two - five communities, including plantations and townships enroll in the partnership and apply for their first grant. Grants to assist communities’ range between $10,000 - $125,000 per community depending on size. Grants applications are due in February and August of 2022 with similar deadlines anticipated in 2023. 

 Steps for enrolling in the partnership

  1. Adopt a resolution of commitment. Select Boards or Councils must adopt a resolution. Whereas, County Commissioners or Board Assessors must submit a letter of support which includes required resolution language. In addition, a letter of support from the LUPC for communities under their jurisdiction is also required. Draft resolution language available here
  2. Complete a pair of self-assessments of current resilience by completing this self-assessment and identifying which of these 72 actions have already been taken. 
  3. Hold a public meeting to review the self-assessment results and develop a prioritized project list.  
  4. Complete the Community Resilience Partnership application here

You may submit your partnership application either before or while submitting your grant application. 

 

Additional technical assistance

  1. A list of alternative service providers looking to assist communities join the partnership is found here.
  2. Four regional coordinators are also available to provide continued support beyond the service provider roll to enrolled communities to find and help apply for additional grant funds.
  • Region 1: York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and southern Oxford Counties (Resilient Communities L3C)
  • Region 2: Waldo, Hancock, and Washington Counties (Sunrise County Economic Council)
  • Region 3: Androscoggin, Oxford, Kennebec, Franklin, and Somerset Counties (Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments)
  • Region 4: Piscataquis, Aroostook, and Penobscot Counties (Eastern Maine Development Corporation)

 

For more information: 


Transportation 

Purchase or lease electric vehicles for municipal/tribal government.

Install public EV chargers. 

Adopt ordinances to encourage EV charging infrastructure.

Adopt an anti-idling ordinance.

Implement strategies to inc. use of public transit, biking, and walking. 

Policies that encourage municipal/ tribal employees to commute via public transit, carpool, bike/walk.

Adopt a telework policy for municipal/tribal government staff.

Adopt land use and development policies/codes to reduce driving.

Adopt a Complete Streets policy.

Adopt a broadband plan to increase access to high-speed internet.

 Building Design

Execute a plan for municipal/tribal buildings and schools for energy efficiency and weatherization.

Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances in municipal/tribal bldgs. 

Install a heat pumps or VRF system for air and water heating/cooling in municipal/tribal buildings.

Upgrade streetlights and other lighting for municipally/tribally-owned facilities to LEDs.

Procurement policies to prioritize climate-friendly Maine products.

Adopt the energy efficiency stretch building code (currently IECC 2021).

Require EV charging and solar energy readiness for new buildings.

Adopt C-PACE ordinance for commercial property.

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Conduct a baseline for municipal/tribal energy use.

Identify and track community emissions indicators.

Adopt a resolution setting targets and a plan for reducing emissions.

Adopt a renewable energy ordinance(s) supporting renewable energy and energy storage.

Adopt streamlined permitting for small solar/wind projects.

Enter into a long-term service contract for renewable energy.

Install a renewable energy project. 

Support Natural Resource Economy

Adopt policies to support local food production and consumption, including community gardens.

Adjust procurement policies to prioritize natural Maine products. 

 Clean Energy Jobs/Businesses

Install clean energy on brownfields.

Incentivize clean energy industry/ businesses to locate in community.

Encourage clean energy industries in economic development plans.

 Protect Natural/Working Areas

Increase green space and tree planting for carbon sequestration.

Plan to conserve 30% of land in the community by 2030.

Create or update a watershed plan.

Develop natural resource/habitat inventory for climate impacts.

Conserve, revegetate, and reconnect riparian areas.

Preserve climate-threatened natural areas via zoning or regs.  

Implement a source water protection program.

Adopt policies to prioritize shoreline protection of rivers/lakes.

Identify and protect open space in the floodplain.

Assess Climate Vulnerable Infrastructure

Conduct a vulnerability assessment of critical infrastructure and create a capital investment plan.

Plan for Community Resilience

Conduct a community vulnerability assessment and adopt a climate resilience plan to reduce risks.

Update local or county EMA hazard mitigation plan.

Develop/enhance early warning systems and evacuation plans.

Develop a storm debris mgt. plan. 

Reduce Flood Risk

Complete the Maine Flood Resilience Checklist.

Participate in the National Flood Insurance Program to reduce flood insurance premiums.

Map and consider sea-level rise projections in plans and permits.

Adopt freeboard requirements in flood areas.

Adopt a low-impact design (LID) standard for storm water mgt.

Strengthen Public Health

ID and plan to reduce public health threats in the community that are exacerbated by climate change, i.e. mosquito and tick-borne illness and extreme temperatures.

Establish a program to check on vulnerable residents during extreme heat or cold events.

Implement school-based programs to educate students on mosquito- and tick-borne diseases prevention.

Utilize Climate Ready Infrastructure

Protect utilities to reduce physical damage and sustain function during extreme weather events.

Adopt DEP Stream Smart policy.

Assess utility facilities for solar, anaerobic digester, etc.

 Public Engagement

Establish an official committee of community stakeholders.

Create a climate change education and outreach program for residents and businesses.

Amplify public health advisories for climate-related health and weather events, i.e. air quality advisories, extreme heat/cold, power outages.

Engage youth in resilience, clean energy, and energy use reduction.

Create and support an energy reduction campaign or challenge among businesses.

Initiate a community bulk purchasing program for heat pumps, solar, and weatherization.