Governor Mills Announces New Round of Grants to Help Fight Climate Change


Governor Janet T. Mills Addressing the NationLGovernors Association, (NGA), Summer Meeting Last Month in Portland. (Governor Mills is the First Woman Governor of Maine and Its First Woman AG as Well).

Governor Janet T. Mills, (D), the first woman governor of Maine and its first woman AG,  today announced the availability of the next round of grants from the Community Resilience Partnership to help Maine communities become more resilient against climate change.

Communities may apply at any time now and have through September 20 for grants to continue local climate efforts according to a press release issued by the Governor’s office today.  For more information on how your community may enroll in the Partnership and apply for funding, please visit its website.

“Partnering communities to help them protect their citizens and infrastcucture from the impacts of the climate crisis is crucial,” said Governor Mills.  “Communities are on the front line of this fight and we look forward to helping even more of them through the Community Resilience Partnership in the coming weeks and months.”

Since taking office in 2019, Governor Mills has prioritized action against climate change in Maine through reducing carbon emissions, transitioning to renewable energy and making Maine communities more resilient to climate efforts.

Maine has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, compared to levels recorded in 1990.  She introduced signed legislation to ban hydrahopocarbons (HFCs), a powerful greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and other products.  She put sea level rise projections and appliance efficiency standards into law and made Maine one of the first states to adopt battery storage targets for renewable energy.

In addition to setting aggressive renewable energy and emissions reduction goals, Maine joined the US Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of Governors and states committed to climate action, removed a moratorium on clean wind power development and withdrew Maine from a national off shore drilling coaltiion.

The first round of grants occured in April and awarded $2.5 milllion to support 75 Maine communities.  These grants included direct funding to 29 towns and cities and 13 awards to planning, economic development and community organizations to assist another 46 towns and tribal governments with local and regional climate plans in support of Maine’s climate action plans, MAINE WON’T WAIT.