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Bangor Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Grants to Maine Small Businesses for Assistance
in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Crisis

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City of Bangor, Community and Economic Development

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maine small businesses in eligible locations to mitigate losses due to business interruption related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Grant funds may be used for business expenses such as rent or mortgage, utilities, supplies, employee wages and benefits, business taxes, and other obligations directly related to the operation of the business. Eligible applicants must have their primary operating facility located in Bangor.

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GrantWatch ID#: 190771

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Individual grants are available up to $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify as a small business, you must have twenty (20) or fewer full-time equivalent employees at the time of submitting the application, AND recall for full-time employment at least one (1) formerly unemployed worker who is low-to-moderate income (LMI) qualified or add one (1) new position and hire an LMI-qualified employee.

- Business must have twenty (20) or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTE), including the owner, at the time of application
- Business must recall or create at least one (1) job that must be filled by an individual that meets the LMI income requires as set by HUD (income limits shown below)
- Business must have its primary operating facility located in Bangor
- Business must have been established prior to 2/29/20
- Business must be for-profit with a maximum of $2.5 million annual gross revenue
- Business must provide documentation showing a minimum of 50% decline in sales (average sales of March, April & May, 2020 must be at least 50% less than the average monthly sales in 2019) to prove its viability has been threatened by COVID-19 quarantine measures. Funds that are owed in the future, but not received, are not considered a decline in revenue.
- Funds cannot be used for expenses paid for with other federal or state COVID-19 funding programs, e.g. PPP, EIDL and FAME
- Business must be in compliance with all federal, state, and local statutory requirements. Business must have no unresolved notice of violations from City of Bangor Code Department and have no City of Bangor matured tax liens
- Employees of the City of Bangor or City of Bangor elected officials are not eligible
- Business owner(s) must be the applicant and only one (1) application can be submitted per owner or group of owners to either the Bangor Small Business Assistance COVID-19 Relief Program or the Bangor Microenterprise Assistance COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

The City of Bangor's Office of Community & Economic Development does not discriminate or disqualify business applicants based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, country of origin, or disability. The same criteria and qualification guidelines will be followed for all businesses.

Ineligible Uses:
- Refinancing existing debt
- Down payment for other financing
- Wages and/or benefits for business owner(s) and family members
- Any construction-related work
- Any activity not listed as an eligible use

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by June 30, 2020.

Funds will be disbursed every two (2) weeks in conjunction with the City’s accounts payable schedule.

Funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis. Applicant must provide proof of payment for eligible business costs (such as lease or mortgage) to show exactly what expenses are to be reimbursed. Only business expenses which incurred after March 1, 2020 are eligible for reimbursement.

Recipients of a grant will be chosen from all eligible applications via a random system.

Contact Information:

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

Submit a completed application with all associated documents to

Mailing Address: 73 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401
Office Location: Second floor, City Hall
Phone: 207-992-4280
Hours: City Hall is currently closed to the public. Staff is available Mon-Fri 8:00AM - 4:30PM by phone or email.

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