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Professional Development Fund

The Maine Commission for Community Service supports professional development of managers of volunteers by awarding funds to cost-share their relevant activities.

Examples of supported activities are online courses, educational conferences, seminars, workshops, or preparation for professional certifications that relate to the Competencies for Managers of Volunteers.

Application Deadline is March 27, 2014.  Applicants will receive funding status notification by April 27, 2014. 

Preference is given to applications received from organizations that::

  • are in counties not covered by volunteer centers.  These counties are: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Oxford, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington.
  • have not received Professional Development Funds within the past twelve months.
  • are not receiving Corporation for National & Community Service funds.


Note: Funds awarded may not be used to provide the recipient with a stipend, living allowance, or reimburse an employer for salary.

To be eligible for consideration, an individual must:

  1. be employed by a Maine school or organization (public or private nonprofit or Maine affiliate of a national charity) that engages citizens as volunteers in Maine communities OR serve in a pro bono capacity with a Maine school or organization in the volunteer program with responsibilities that are equivalent to those of an employee (e.g., training, supervision, assessment of volunteers performing service)
  2. have at least two years of experience as a volunteer coordinator or in volunteer program management.
  3. have a supervisor-approved professional development plan that identifies specific skills, knowledge, or abilities related to volunteer management that require formal training or education.
  4. complete proposed professional development activity by Dec 1 of the current year, if awarded support.
  5. share information and learning about the professional development activity by contributing a blog to From the Field - Conversation on Volunteer Management,, or providing a webinar hosted by the Commission.

Application Guidelines and Instructions

  • Use this LINK to download the application and submission instructions

Staff Contact for the Fund

Pam Zeutenhorst, Program Officer
Volunteer Sector Initiatives  

The Maine Commission for Community Service is the state government partner of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Volunteer Generation programs.

The Commission builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy to solve local problems.