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Application Process

Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL)

MDF is accepting applications for the 27th class of Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL).  The application deadline for the 2019-2020 class is Friday, April 12, 2019.

Informational briefings have been scheduled around the state during March and April. Please click here to register.

Institute for Civic Leadership 2019-2020 Calendar

To learn more about the program and the application process, please review the information below.

The Institute for Civic Leadership is an experiential learning opportunity for leaders in public, private and nonprofit organizations to hone their understanding of themselves, their teams, their organizations and communities, as well as develop and practice the skills necessary to achieve their goals. The 14-day program spans 8 months from September to April. It includes an Outward Bound action learning component in the beautiful Maine woods. The program also features a community project or practicum that implements learned tools and skills in a real issue facing our community.

A seasoned team of coaches, facilitators, and consultants provide training for collaborative leadership, problem solving techniques, and complex change leadership.

Graduates finish the program with new and highly relevant skills that advance their ability to effectively and significantly lead change in their organization and their communities. By increasing participants’ capacities as leaders and creating a network of skilled leaders, the Leadership Intensive strengthens our communities and the fabric of our region.

Application Information

The "open application" period for the Institute for Civic Leadership runs through April 12, 2019 this year.

Before completing an application, please have the following application requirements prepared:

Ask a colleague to write a letter of recommendation that speaks to your leadership and your ability to apply what you learn in your organization or community. This is one of the best indicators that the selection committee has and a most important element in the process. Letter should be returned to you well before the April 12 application deadline or can be sent directly to the Maine Development Foundation.

If you require financial assistance in order to participate, please complete a funding plan worksheet. This funding plan should be returned to MDF with your application. No financial information will be shared with the selection committee.

Prepare answers to the Personal Reflections form in electronic format.

A completed application consists of:

  1. Online application
  2. Updated Resume (attached to the online form)
  3. Person Reflections form (attached to the online form)
  4. One letter of support
  5. Institute for Civic Leadership Funding Plan (if financial assistance is needed)
  6. a $50 non-refundable, application fee (payable by check or on-line)

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Jan Kearce

Program Tuition

Tuition is $5,000 for MDF members and $5,500 for non-members.

Institute for Civic Leadership tuition includes the cost of the program, materials, lunch, snacks, beverages and facilities (also includes two nights of lodging for the Outward Bound retreat). Travel expenses to and from each session and any other costs* are not covered by tuition. Tuition is payable in full by Friday, July 12, 2019 unless other arrangements have been made. Please review the Institute for Civic Leadership Tuition and Refund Policy for more information.Applicants whose organizations are not members of MDF are strongly encouraged to join. Becoming an MDF Member saves your organization money on tuition and provides additional benefits.

*Other lodging may include any other night you choose to stay before, during and/or after a session.

Financial Assistance

Limited financial assistance may be available upon request. Please complete a Funding Plan Worksheet. We ask that participants exhaust all other funding sources before making their request to MDF. All those capable of funding themselves are strongly encouraged to do so. Funding sources also may include a sponsoring organization or individual, an employer, or another affiliated organization (e.g. a trade organization). Payment plans are also available. All participants will be selected without regard to financial assistance requests. Funding Plan Worksheets will be kept in a separate, confidential file until the final selections have been made. If you are chosen to be a class member, we will then consider your request for financial aid in conjunction with other requests. When you are notified of your acceptance, you will also be informed of your scholarship award. Each participant is asked to make a minimum personal payment of $300. This payment is to assure your personal stake in the program. Regardless of the amount of financial support, your employer must support your full participation in the program allowing adequate time away from other duties.


Upcoming Events

Recruitment Briefings Being Held for 2019-2020 Leadership Programs

March 4th, 2019

2019 ICL Graduation Invitation

April 5th, 2019
Celebrate with the Mt. Abram class on Friday, April 5th, at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth. Read more...

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Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL)


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"Training and development is one of the most important methods of impacting employee engagement and retention. To those in an organization without a formal leadership development program, or those with management-level programs only, the Leadership Intensiveis a wonderful way to invest in your up-and-coming people at all levels, or to round out senior level skills.”Elizabeth Ross-Holmstrom Founder of BreakTogether