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Maine's Path to Recovery
The $4.5 billion investment in Maine from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) is an unprecedented opportunity to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, to improve the lives and livelihoods of Maine people, to make investments in solving Maine’s long-term challenges, to develop strategies for new opportunities, and to strengthen our state for years to come.
Of this $4.5 billion, Congress has dedicated nearly $3.5 billion to recovery efforts like bolstering public health, including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, enhanced unemployment benefits, stimulus payments to families, business supports, and more.
The remaining $1.13 billion is allocated to the State to be used at the discretion of the Governor and Legislature to respond to the pandemic and support economic recovery.
Below are programs that will focus on the short-term recovery and long term growth of Maine’s economy. As updates to grant programs are available this site will be updated.
- GRANT PROGRAMS
The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development is managing several economic recovery grant programs using Federal relief funding. As additional funds become available, they will be added to this page, so check back often.
Economic Recovery Grants
This program provides funding for additional economic recovery grants for businesses and organizations struggling to recover from economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant program is funded through a $20 million allocation by the federal government.
New Business Recovery Grants
This program provides one-time funding to support survival and recovery for new businesses and entrepreneurs who were unable to qualify for other programs due to the timing of their business start or acquisition. This program will award up to $5 Million total grants in FY22 and an additional $1 Million in FY23.
New Business Recovery Technical Assistance
This program supports organizations to provide technical assistance to new businesses and entrepreneurs in their recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diversity Technical Assistance Grants
This program will provide one-time funding for technical assistance grants to support business diversity initiatives.
Underrepresented Entrepreneurs Training
This program will provide one-time funding for entrepreneurial training for underrepresented populations.
Technology R&D and Innovation Financing
This program provides one-time funding to support and leverage private investments in research, development and innovation in the State’s technology sectors. These funds, which must be matched by the recipient, will be awarded to Maine organizations through a competitive process to help them increase revenues, create and preserve jobs and grow market share.
Domestic Trade Grants
The Office of Business Development in the Department of Economic and Community Development, will provide one-time funding to support grants and contracts for project partners for state trade promotion opportunities for companies in the State. For more information on this program, contact the Office of Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Products Industry Grants (Maine Technology Institute)
The Maine Technology Institute will offer grants supporting economic recovery and development opportunities in the forest products industry to address reduced sector demand due to the economic downturn and industry impacts. This initiative will bolster this critical sector of our economy and the related businesses that it supports – and that support it – at this important time. From value-added products like mass timber, to emerging demand for bioplastics and biofuels, a significant opportunity exists to grow this sector, create jobs and economic security in rural Maine, and drive the future of modern, efficient building products and energy solutions, while supporting jobs and sustainable forests.
The Heritage Industries Infrastructure Survey, conducted by the departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Economic and Community Development, and Marine Resources, showed that, for forestry respondents, categories that most urgently require enhancement were value-added and other wood product facilities, R&D/innovation facilities, roads/rail, and pulp and paper mill equipment. With this funding, the Maine Technology Institute will deploy grants and loans for research and development, new products and market opportunities, and job growth in innovative forest products industries. The funding program is still in its design phase, but it is MTI’s hope that it can begin soliciting proposals fall 2021. For more information, visit https://www.mainetechnology.org/.
State Small Business Credit Initiative
Funds for small businesses as part of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (under America Rescue Plan) will not be available until 2022. Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) will be administering this program.
- FUNDS FOR MAINE TOWNS AND CITIES
The State of Maine has a fiscal recovery program to distribute $119.2 million in Federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to local governments across Maine. The Local Fiscal Recovery Program is a State pathway to infuse Federal funds into Maine towns and cities to support a variety of their economic recovery priorities, such as addressing the economic or public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, replacing lost public sector revenue, or investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure. To access the grant portal, use this link:
- GRANTS FROM OTHER STATE AGENCIES
- Information coming soon.
- FEDERAL GRANTS
U.S. Economic Development Administration
- American Rescue Plan Programs: https://eda.gov/arpa/
- Build Back Better Regional Challenge Grant: https://eda.gov/arpa/build-back-better/
- Economic Adjustment Assistance Grants: https://eda.gov/arpa/economic-adjustment-assistance/
- Good Jobs Challenge: https://eda.gov/arpa/good-jobs-challenge/
- Indigenous Communities: https://eda.gov/arpa/indigenous/
- Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation: https://eda.gov/arpa/travel-tourism/
- State Planning, Research & Networks: https://eda.gov/arpa/planning-grants/
U.S. Small Business Administration
- If you’re confused about which SBA programs might work for you, here is a helpful chart: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/cross-program-eligibility-sba-covid-19-relief-options
- Paycheck Protection Program. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program
- COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/eidl
- SBA Debt Relief. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/sba-debt-relief
- Drought-Relief Loans for Small Businesses. Eligible businesses may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) of up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.88 percent for small businesses and 2 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Loan applications can be downloaded from sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Eligible entities must submit completed loan applications to the SBA no later than April 13, 2022.
United States Department of Agriculture
- USDA Rural Development American Rescue Plan: https://www.usda.gov/arp
- USDA Build Back Better Program: https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/06/08/usda-invest-more-4-billion-strengthen-food-system
- Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grants: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/mpirg
- USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations Program: https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/energy-forest-products/wood-innovation
WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK
If you have any questions about economic recovery resources, please email biz.awards.DECD@maine.gov
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