Preparation Notes

Where do I find current Requests for Proposals (RFPs)?

The State of Maine Division of Procurement Services and Volunteer Maine, the Maine Commission for Community Service, both post opportunities when RFPs are active.  Volunteer Maine posts on the Request for Funding Proposals page.

The Division of Procurement Services RFP page lists all State of Maine active RFPs.  The default setting on the page is to sort by RFP number, which can make specific RFPs difficult to locate.  The simplest strategy is to click on the Date Posted column heading twice so that the most recent RFPs appear at the top of the list.

All notices about changes in the RFP and answers to submitted questions are also posted in both locations.

Registrations Required for Applicants Seeking Federal funds

Like all federally funded grants, applications for Corporation for National & Community Service resources must include a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and indicate that the applicant has registered with the federal System for Award Management (SAM).

The DUNS number is not the equivalent of, nor does it replace the need for an Employer Identification Number. DUNS numbers may be obtained at no cost by calling the DUNS number request line at (866) 705-5711 or by applying online at This website indicates there is a 24-hour e-mail turnaround time on requests for DUNS numbers; however, we suggest registering at least 30 days in advance of the application due date.

SAM is the comprehensive database for federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. It collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of Federal agency contracts, grant awards, cooperative agreements, and other forms of federal assistance.

All grant recipients are required to maintain a valid registration, which must be renewed annually. There is NO fee to register through this site. We urge applicants that are not already registered with SAM to begin the registration process immediately in order to avoid any delays in submitting applications.

Applicants must have a DUNS number in order to register with the SAM. It typically takes 3-5 days to finalize SAM registration. To register online go to