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.
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, storm water 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.
Community Resilience Coordinator
(207) 453-4258, Ext 211
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.
Tuesday, April 11, 2023:
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.
Thursday, March 9th, 2023: Slide Deck
This session was 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 examined aspects of developing solar energy on landfills through case studies in central and western Maine. Solar developers and regulatory officials joined to address the environmental, engineering, and related regulatory concerns of these projects.
February 14th, 2023: Slide Deck
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Efficiency Maine currently has generous rebate programs on lighting, HVAC, refrigeration upgrades, and electric vehicles for municipalities and tribal governments. This, coupled with a free virtual project consult, can be a winning combination to help towns achieve significantly reduce capital investment costs and energy savings. Learn more from Efficiency Maine staff as well as tour some recent municipal projects that took advantage of these programs.
January 31st, 2023: Slide Deck
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Service providers, A Climate To Thrive (ACTT) and Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC), joined us for a discussion on how they each brought together neighboring communities to write climate action plans. While the benefits of multi-town collaboration can be stymied by any number of barriers, successful groups shared how they overcame those obstacles when they focused on the “dollars and sense” of working with the Community Resilience Partnership. Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG), working with two groups converging around land conservation, community solar projects, and public works cooperatives, shared some lessons and challenges to working alongside communities with a variety of priorities and perspectives.
January 10th, 2023: Slide Deck
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Towns enrolled in the Community Resilience Partnership are provided technical assistance to apply for a myriad of state, federal, and philanthropic grants for projects targeted at making communities more resilience to the impacts of climate change. In this session, we heard from communities enrolled in the partnership as to how they were able to leverage multiple funding sources for a project. Examples included Skowhegan’s downtown plan as it related to active transportation, land use, land conservation, and Greenwood’s historic building preservation and energy upgrade project. This session also prepared towns in applying for the upcoming Community Action Grants to open in March.
Community Resilience Partnership Webpage
List of GO PIF's Fundable 72 Priority Actions
December 29th, 2022: Slide Deck
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.
Maine Won't Wait - Maine's Four Year Climate Action Plan
M2C EMPOWER Program - Resources for collaborating with businesses and other municipalities to develop EV charging
South Portland's Ordinance - Encouragement for EV charging infrastructure
The Kennector and KITT in Kennebunk - Examples of partnerships with local transit agencies/entities to expand capacity
Biddeford Saco Transit Oriented Development Plan - Encouragement of transit-oriented & compact, mixed use development
Incentives for Clean Energy Businesses - Virtual Sanford Renewable Energy Corridor
December 13th, 2022: View Recording Here
The Community Resilience Partnership (CRP) is a new program through the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future aimed at helping communities become more resilient to the challenges ahead. 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. Hear about how some of the 70+ communities are using this program to modernize buildings, fund transportation projects, promote natural climate solutions, invest in climate-ready infrastructure, and build more resilient communities. This session was aimed at town managers, select board members, municipal committees, interested residents, and organizations interested in building a more resilient community.
April 29, 2021: In our daily lives, we are usually unaware of each culvert we traverse as we commute from place to place, but where any road crosses any stream or river there is a culvert or a bridge. An undersized, or poorly designed culvert can quickly wash away a section of road, creating a significant safety hazard and adding substantial costs to a municipalities public works budget. Following best practices to identify and address potential flooding problems well before they occur makes both fiscal and safety sense. To help navigate these and related issues, Will Harper, KVCOG Resilience Coordinator, teamed up with Ernie Hilton, Selectman from Starks, Sarah Haggerty from Maine Audubon’s Stream Smart team, and KVCOG's own Environmental Planner, Gabe Gauvin. Listen in as they discussed how a community can build better, safer, infrastructure while improving stream and river habitats.
February 2, 2021: KVCOG and our partners provided an overview of our new CARES Act Revolving Loan business funding opportunity including guidance on how these funds can best be utilized. This session also featured William Card, Economic Development Specialist with the SBA, who informed new and existing small businesses about SBA’s free and confidential Technical Assistance programs, as well as information about SBA’s own loan programs.