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Realize Maine Network

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The Realize Maine Network brings together regional group representation united around the cause of attracting and retaining young people in Maine.

The Network strives to promote opportunities for young people to live, work and thrive in Maine communities and creates a forum for connecting regional groups to each other, sharing new ideas and lessons learned, and works to develop tangible solutions to attracting and retaining more young people throughout Maine.

First started as an outcome of Governor John Baldacci’s Summit on Youth Migration in June 2004, today, the network is an autonomous and self-sustaining network led by regional group representatives in partnership with the Maine Development Foundation.

Together, the Realize Maine Network:

  • Creates opportunities for likeminded Maine-based organizations to share best practices, share resources and collaborate.
  • Celebrates the work and accomplishments of young people in Maine.
  • Raises awareness about career, civic and social opportunities for young people in Maine.
  • Adds value to other programs and initiatives that benefit young people in Maine.
  • Informs policy makers about issues affecting young people in Maine.

Benefits of being a regional group member of the Realize Maine Network include:

  • Statewide reach & Expanded Network Relationshipsincrease access to best practices and resources.
  • Grant funds– The Realize Maine Network provides grant funding for regional groups to assist with local projects and planning.
  • Leadership– The Realize Maine Network provides scholarship funds to members of regional groups for participation in leadership training programs.

Realize Maine Network Regional Grant Application Process

In an effort to assist the regional Realize Maine Network groups, Maine Development Foundation has been distributing funds through a competitive grant process since 2008.

2017-2018 Grant Information

2017-2018 Application Period: Runs from September 1 until October 6, 2017.
Click here to apply

2016-2017 Grant Reporting: Both Mid and Final reports should be completed online. Click here to submit your report(s)


  • Regional groups must be existing members of the Realize Maine Network. A copy of their 2017 MOU between the regional group and the Realize Maine Network must be signed and on file at Maine Development Foundation prior to applying.
  • Those who have received a RMN Regional Grants in 2016 are eligible to apply for a 2017 grant as long as they have met all requirements of their 2016 grant and submitted required reports on or before the stated deadlines. Those who have not met previous year’s reporting deadlines and requirements must wait for one year before applying for a new grant.

Regional Groups may apply for Planning Grants or Project Grants.

  • Grant money cannot be used to purchase alcohol for any reason.
  • Some, none, or the entire requested amount may be awarded.
  • All grants require reporting - All required reporting is done online.

Currently, the network is made up of the following regional groups:

Cynergy (Augusta area)

FusionBangor (Bangor area)

KV Connect (Waterville area)

Midcoast Edge (Brunswick area)

Midcoast Magnet (Camden, Rockland, Belfast area)

Propel Portland (Portland area)

Synergize Sanford (Sanford area)

Uplift LA (Lewiston, Auburn area)

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