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

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

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

LOI Date:

03/05/21

Deadline Date:

05/21/21 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Maine local municipal governments (excluding entitlement communities) for projects that assist businesses with job creation and retention for the low-to-moderate income sector. Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply prior to applying. Funding is intended to prevent and eliminate slum conditions through increased employment.

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.

The following limited conditions apply:

  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 PL 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.

For additional information about job creation, see: https://www.maine.gov/decd/sites/maine.gov.decd/files/inline-files/2021%20Economic%20Development%20Program%20Application.pdf#page=15

The Project Development Phase includes:

  • Environmental review;
  • Cost analysis and justification;
  • Non-CDBG project funds commitments;
  • Management plan development; and
  • Specific state and federal requirements.

For information about grants to municipalities, see: https://www.maine.gov/decd/sites/maine.gov.decd/files/inline-files/2021%20Economic%20Development%20Program%20Letter%20of%20Intent.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167238

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum request for EDP assistance is $100,000.

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.

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

Projects with a total cost exceeding $3,000,000 are not eligible for EDP assistance.

Term of Contract:

Funds will not be available until after July 1, 2021. 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 grant activity group.

EDP program funds cannot be used to refinance existing debt.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent to Apply are due by Friday, March 5, 2021, at 4:00 p.m

Applications must be received electronically by 4:00 P.M., Friday, May 21, 2021

Projects seeking less than $100,000 or over $500,000 in CDBG EDP funds must request a waiver from the Office of Community Development (OCD) and have received approval of that waiver from OCD prior to the submission of the EDP Letter of Intent.

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform

Applicants for Economic Development Program funds must certify and provide documentation, at time of application, that there is a 100% cash match of the total EDP award. Matching funds must be directly related to the activities undertaken with EDP funding.

The selection process consists of two phases - an Application Phase and a Project Development Phase. For details, see https://www.maine.gov/decd/sites/maine.gov.decd/files/inline-files/2021%20Economic%20Development%20Program%20Application.pdf#page=7.

Eligibility: https://www.maine.gov/decd/community-development/cdbg-program/eligibility

Contact Information:

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

Submit Letters of Intent to ocd.loi@maine.gov

Applications must be submitted to ocd.application@maine.gov

Office of Community Development
111 Sewall Street, 3rd Floor
59 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0059

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

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