Request for Grant Proposals

November 17, 2015

To:              Key Municipal Officials

From:           Kate Dufour

Re:               Local Government Efficient Fund – Request for Grant Proposals           

With the adoption of the FY 2016 – FY 2017 General Fund budget, the Legislature appropriated $1.5 million ($750,000 in both FY 2016 and FY 2017) to capitalize the Local Government Efficiency Fund program.         

As you may recall, the Efficiency Fund was created as part of Question 1-A adopted by the voters in 2004 and the “LD 1” law enacted in 2005.  The incentive program was designed to provide municipalities with financial resources to develop and implement cost effective and regionally collaborative service delivery systems.        

The Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS), which is tasked with overseeing the program, has invited municipal officials to submit applications for the Efficiency Fund grants.  A copy of the “request for proposal”, which includes required application instructions and forms, is available by clicking here.

There are two key deadlines to keep in mind.

First, questions regarding the grant application process must be submitted to DAFS no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015. Questions should be directed to Jennifer Merrow at either Jennifer.Merrow@Maine.gov or 624-7811.

Second, completed applications and proposals must be submitted to DAFS no later than 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016.   Completed applications are be submitted to:

Division of Purchases
?Burton M. Cross Building, 111 Sewall Street, 4th Floor
?9 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0009