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for Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program

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Funding Source:

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Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

Deadline Date:

11/26/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations and for-profit entities for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist small businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. To be eligible, applicants must have at least 20% of lost revenue in the year that the expense occurred.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Interest on deferred loans - the loans must be in deferral as a direct result of the pandemic
  • Costs incurred as a result of reopening after COVID-19 related closure (such as PPE, workforce safety training, and installation of physical safety measures)
  • Increased costs of doing business as a result of COVID-19 (such as infrastructure tools to improve remote access (contactless check-in/out, take out)
  • HVAC improvements, creation or addition of indoor or outdoor space for social distancing purposes, and increased costs due to supply chain disruptions or increased demand).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199449

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is a $50,000 award cap. The award cap is subject to change based on need and volume of applications. The minimum award will be $250. If the qualified application amount exceeds the available funding, awards will be pro-rated.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program is intended to assist in covering losses incurred as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health response. Businesses/organizations will be liable for any misuse of funds.

Eligible businesses employed a combined total of 250 or fewer employees and contract employees throughout 2020.

Examples of unallowable expenses include (list is not all-inclusive):
- Depreciation expense
- Entertainment
- Lobbying
- Goods and Services for Personal Use
- Fines, Penalties, Damages, and other settlements

Funds must be spent on operations that are strictly within Maine.

For additional eligibility requirements and restrictions, see: https://www.maine.gov/decd/sites/maine.gov.decd/files/inline-files/Maine%20Jobs%20%26%20Recovery%20Small%20Business%20Grant%20Program%202021%20final%20description.docx_1.pdf#page=2

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM November 26, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Apply: https://appengine.egov.com/apps/me/jobsandrecoverysbgrant

Direct questions to BizAwards.DECD@maine.gov or call 1-800-872-3838.

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