Disaster Preparedness Grant

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Disaster Preparedness Grants are available for communities and organizations for up to $5,000 to create service projects that will better prepare them for disasters.

Why apply? Disaster preparedness can reduce the impact of a disaster, aid in a faster recovery, or even prevent certain disasters.

Grants are open to:

  • Local school districts (on behalf of individual classes/grades)
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Civic groups with a nonprofit status
  • State and local government agencies
  • Faith-based organizations and congregations.  

Please note: We are unable to make awards to individuals or for-profit entities.

Use the link below to download the full grant overview, which also includes a sample application.

Download grant overview

Please note: The grant application process has closed as of Aug. 23, 2021

Volunteer Maine's role in disaster preparedness

Since 2008, the Commission has been co-chair of the Donations Coordination Team (DCT) with the MEMA. The goal of the DCT is to coordinate resources of volunteers and donations on a statewide level to improve disaster preparedness, mitigation, and recovery.

In 2010, with the help of the Maine AmeriCorps Alumni, Volunteer Maine established Maine's first deployable Volunteer Reception Center based out of  Portland.

In 2020 Volunteer Maine partnered with MEMA to launch Maine Ready, an hub for emergency volunteer opportunities. Use the following link to access Maine Ready -- click here.


Contact Kelsey Preecs, Program Officer for Volunteer Initiatives, via email at kelsey.preecs@maine.gov or by phone at (207) 624-7838