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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Economic Development Program (EDP)

Grants to Maine Local Municipal Governments for Programs
that Promote Job Retention and Creation

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Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

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Deadline Date:

05/25/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Maine local municipal governments (excluding entitlement communities) for projects that assist businesses with the creation and retention of jobs for the low-to-moderate income sector. Applicants must be pre-approved before submitting the Intent to Apply, which is due by February 23, 2018.

All CDBG funded activities must meet one of three National Objectives of the program. These objectives are:

- Benefit to low and moderate income persons;
- Prevention and elimination of slum and blight conditions; and
- Meeting community development needs having a particular urgency.

OCD may accept an EDP application in support of a retail business activity only under the following limited conditions:

(1.) The retail business represents the provisions of new products and services previously unavailable in the community or is a tourism-related business; and
(2.) The development or expansion of the retail business represents a net economic gain for the community and the region. Applications supporting a retail business or businesses are required to certify that the development represents a new overall gain for the region economy and not a shift from existing established businesses to a new or expanded one; and
(3.) The retail business is located in either a downtown district meeting the definition of Public Law 776 enacted by the 119th legislature; or a designated local growth area contained in an adopted and consistent comprehensive plan; and
(4.) At least 50% of the jobs created by the retail business must be full-time jobs

Group Numbers Maximum Award

Grants to Municipalities: for acquisition, relocation, demolition, clearance, construction, reconstruction, installation and rehabilitation associated with public infrastructure projects such as water and sewer improvements, flood and drainage improvements, publicly-owned commercial and industrial buildings, parking, streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, etc. All public infrastructure must be owned by the municipality or public or private utility and be in support of an identified business.

Grants to Municipalities for Direct Business Support: for capital and non-capital equipment, land and site improvements, rehabilitation or construction of commercial or industrial buildings, job training, working capital and capital equipment and be in support of an identified business. Acquisition is not an allowable activity under this group.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167238

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants to Municipalities/Grants to Municipalities for Direct Business Support: Up to $500,000

Start-up businesses are limited to a maximum grant award of $250,000.

Program Dollars per Job: The maximum CDBG participation per job created or retained with EDP funds is $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to have successful completion within 12 months.

Applicants have up to three months to complete the project development phase process or notice of award may be rescinded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All units of general local government in Maine, including plantations, except for the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island are eligible to apply for and receive State CDBG program funds.

County governments may apply on behalf of the Unorganized Territory. Groups of local governments may apply for multi-jurisdictional or joint projects. Multi-jurisdictional applications require designation of one local government as the lead applicant and consent for that designation by each participating local government.

Counties may apply for the Economic Development or Public Service programs on behalf of a collaboration of communities.

Eligible applicants, including counties as defined above may apply for CDBG assistance on behalf of the five Maine Indian Tribes. Maine Indian Tribes are not themselves eligible applicants.


- Applicants may apply in only one specific activity group
- EDP funds cannot be used to refinance existing debt.
- All EDP activities must be in support of an identified business; speculative activities are excluded. -
Communities receiving an EDP award may not receive any other EDP award for the same project or business during the same program year or for the same project or business from a prior program year that has not met final closeout status.
- Communities that received an EDP award, for the same business in a prior year, must document, at submission of Letter of Intent, employment baseline information to show the company is at or above the employment number achieved as a result of previous CDBG assistance and that the CDBG assistance is vital to the project and cannot be obtained elsewhere.
- Waivers to increase the maximum grant award amount, in instances where the impact of the project is substantial and can be documented, both through project investment and job creation, may be requested to the Director of the Office of Community Development.

Project Benefit: All projects must document that at a minimum, 51% of all jobs created or retained as a result of the funded activity must be taken/held by persons of low and moderate income as defined by HUD. Jobs created/retained must be in the community applying for the EDP award, new jobs to that community and not associated with any other branches of the assisted business located in another community. Transfer positions cannot be counted toward the job creation/retention requirements. In the event that job creation requirements are not met, the applicant community will be responsible for immediate repayment to DECD of all CDBG funds expended on the project.

Pre-Application Information:

Economic Development Applications for Activity Groups 1 and 2 (Municipally Owned or Non-Municipally Owned Grants) are limited to those communities receiving prior written OCD approval of their Letter of Intent to Apply. Applicants submitting an EDP application for grant funds without OCD approval of their Letter of Intent will have the application returned unscored.

Letter of Intent to Apply: Due Friday February 23, 2018 by 4:00 p.m

Applications must be physically received NO LATER than 4:00 P.M. at the Office of Community Development (address below) on May 25, 2018.

2018 CDBG Program Funds are not expected to be available before July 1, 2018.

EDP Matching Funds Requirements: Communities applying for Economic
Development Program funds must certify that a 100% cash match of the total EDP
award will be provided. Matching funds must be directly related to the activities
undertaken with EDP funding.


Application process:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of Intent may be submitted via email to: Please enter “EDP LOI” in the subject line.

Office of Community Development
111 Sewall Street, 3rd Floor
59 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0059 BY INVITATION ONLY
Phone: (207) 624-7484
Fax: (207) 287-8070
TTY: 1-800-437-1220

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: All communities, excluding the entitlement communities of: Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island