Maine DOE seeks reviewers for 21st CCLC grant competition

The Maine DOE is seeking qualified peer reviewers to read, assess and score competitive grant proposals for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.  This federally-funded grant program provides opportunities for schools and communities to develop “community learning centers” that serve children and youth during out-of-school time. Maine currently has 37 grant recipients operating 64 individual centers in communities across the state.  The Department anticipates receiving applications for new, expansion, and continuation awards as a result of this competition.


Preferred candidates will possess knowledge of and experience with:

  • The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and/or other afterschool programming and/or community based programming that serves school aged students;
  • Managing programs that operate in collaboration with schools, school districts, and school administrations;
  • School-community partnerships in which programs collaborate with community-based and/or faith-based organizations; and
  • Previous grant writing, reading, and evaluation experience.

Required Tasks:

Selected peer reviewers will work individually to read and create detailed notes/comments on approximately 10-15 applications on the basis of the criteria established in the Request for Proposal (RFP). These notes/comments will be turned into the Department prior to participating in on-site consensus scoring sessions.  Reviewers must be able to participate in an online training webinar and review grant applications through a web-based system.  It is anticipated that reviewers will have a two (2) week window in which to complete their individual review process. Selected peer reviewers must complete the following tasks during the following date(s):

Task Date(s)
Participate in an online training webinar April 14, 2016
Review/read grant applications through a web-based system and take individual notes on each application (notes MUST be turned into the Department) April 18, 2016 – May 2, 2016
Participate in on-site consensus scoring sessions which will be located at the Maine DOE offices in Augusta. May 3 – 4, 2016

Compensation for Services: Reviewers who complete the required tasks will be reimbursed for travel costs to and from the consensus scoring sessions as well as provided a $75 honorarium per application assigned, up to a maximum of 15 applications.

How to Apply: Applications are available by contacting Travis Doughty at Applications and resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis until the needed positions are filled.

Deadline: All interested parties must submit a completed application and current resume by March 17, 2016.

For more information on the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program, contact Federal Grant Coordinator, Travis Doughty at or 624-6709.