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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 relationships increase 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.

2018-2019 Grant Information

2018-2019 Application Period: Runs from September 1 until October 5, 2018.
Now Closed

2017-2018 Grant Reporting: Both Mid and Final reports should be completed online. Click here to submit your report(s):


  • Groups must be existing members of the Realize Maine Network. A copy of their 2018-2019 MOU between the regional group and the Realize Maine Network must be signed and on file at Maine Development Foundation prior to applying.
  • Groups applying for a grant must have met all the requirements of their previous year's grant(s), including reporting.

Grants available in 2018-2019 are: Statewide Project, Regional Collaboration, and Marketing 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:

Member Organizations

Business Partners

Is your group interested in joining RMN or are you looking to develop a young professional networking group in your area?

Contact: Julie Beane, Program and Advancement Specialist,

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