The Maine Department of Health and Human Services recently posted its first Request for Proposals for Whole Family Services funding. Passed in the LIFT and STEP Bills during the last Legislature, this new annual funding is meant to support the kind of coordinated, wraparound supports for low-income families that are central to the two-generation approach.
Under this RFP, Maine DHHS will award $2 million in total for proposals to enhance supports for low-income parents and children — including early childcare and education, parent education and job training, employment services, health and mental health access, and other forms of economic assistance. This is an important opportunity to expand and build on two-generation strategies that have proven so effective in helping parents and children succeed together.
- The timeline to apply for this funding is short. Applicants must communicate their intent to apply by December 21 and applications must be received by December 29.
- The RFP (number 202011165) is available on the State’s procurement website.
- Eligible applicants include both Community Action Programs and other Community Based Organizations, as defined in statute.