Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)
04/24/20 4:00 PM Receipt
Grants to Maine local municipal governments in eligible regions to support capital projects and building improvements for qualifying businesses. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for renovations, façade improvements, and planning activities. The grant program supports projects that benefit micro-enterprise businesses. All local government units in Maine may apply, 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.
Eligible activities under the Micro-Enterprise Assistance category are grants or loans to for-profit businesses that can be used for working capital and interior renovations, grants or loans for exterior improvements, including signage, painting, siding, awnings, lighting, display windows and other approved improvements; and eligible planning activities necessary to complete the Project Development Phase. Multi-jurisdictional applications from two or more communities must designate a lead community.
Applicants may apply to obtain funding to assist for-profit businesses and for eligible planning activities necessary to complete the Project Development Phase.
The Project Development Phase may include any and/or all of the following:
Micro-enterprise grants will be structured as forgivable loans.
Communities must provide a narrative description of the Impact, Development Strategy and Citizen Participation relating to the Micro-Enterprise Assistance activity proposed in the application.
All CDBG funded activities must meet one of three National Objectives of the program. These objectives are:
GrantWatch ID#: 167239
Maximum MEA Grant Amount: $150,000
Maximum Amount of Micro-Enterprise Assistance to an individual Business: $50,000
Funds will not be available until after July 1, 2020.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications (by invitation only) must be received at the:
Office of Community Development
111 Sewall Street, 3rd Floor
59 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0059
Phone: (207) 624-9819
Fax: (207) 287-8070
Technical Assistance Contacts: https://www.maine.gov/decd/community-development/cdbg-program/assistance
USA: Maine: 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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