Disaster Assistance Now Available

Federal disaster assistance is available in Maine counties affected by severe storms and flooding on January 10 and January 13, 2024.

Apply at www.DisasterAssistance.gov

January Storm Assistance Deadlines: May 18, 2024 (Public) | May 20, 2024 (Individuals)

Individual Assistance

Washington, Hancock, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Cumberland, York counties: Affected individuals and businesses are eligible for Federal grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help recovery. For damages related to the January 2024 storms, the deadline for applications is May 20, 2024.

Public Assistance

Washington, Hancock, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Cumberland, York counties: State, Tribal, eligible local governments, and certain nonprofits are eligible for Federal funding for emergency work and repair or replacement of damaged facilities.  For damages related to the January 2024 storms, the deadline for applications is May 18, 2024.

State Assistance Programs Now Open

Working Waterfront Resilience Grant Program

 Applications for funding are now available to help repair and rebuild working waterfronts damaged by the winter storms. Funding will be made available to help rebuild wharves and piers that provide a “significant and compelling community benefit” to Maine’s commercial fishing and aquaculture industries. 

For more information and to apply, please visit www.maine.gov/dmr/resilience

The deadline for applications is June 10, 2024.

Business Recovery and Resilience Fund

The Business Recovery and Resilience Fund provides grants for businesses and organizations, including nonprofit organizations, that have been affected by severe weather-related events. Business and non-profit applicants may request up to $100,000 toward design, permitting and construction costs for their project. Projects receiving grants may include a recovery component for damage sustained and must include efforts to increase business resilience to future storms and other climate conditions.

The application and a Frequently Asked Questions document with additional information are available here.  

Applications are due by no later than 11:59 pm on June 25, 2024.

Maine Infrastructure Adaptation Fund

The Maine Infrastructure Adaptation Fund (MIAF) provides one-time funding to municipal, tribal, and infrastructure districts to adapt their critical infrastructure to reduce vulnerability to climate change. All projects must demonstrate increased resilience to future storm and flooding impacts. MIAF applicants may request up to $75,000 to support scoping and design and up to $4 million for direct construction costs or to support matching funds for construction. Applicants are required to provide at least five percent local match.

The applications with additional information are available here. 

Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2024. 

How To Apply

News Updates

May 16, 2024: Governor Mills Announces Opening of Storm Relief Funding Applications for Small Businesses and Municipalities

May 9, 2024: Governor Mills Announces Applications for Funding to Help Working Waterfront Properties Rebuild from Winter Storms

April 18, 2024: Governor Mills Directs Administration to Prepare to Distribute $60 Million in Storm Relief as Soon as Funding Becomes Available

March 20, 2024: Governor Mills Announces President Biden’s Approval of Major Disaster Declaration for January Storms

Feb. 27, 2024: Kennebec County Approved for Federal Funding to Repair Public Infrastructure Damaged by December Storm

Feb. 23, 2024: Governor Mills Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden for Damage Caused by January Storms and Coastal Flooding

Feb. 9, 2024: Governor Mills Moves to Expedite $50 Million Proposal to Rebuild & Enhance Infrastructure Resiliency

Feb 6, 2024: Governor Mills & FEMA Announcing Opening of Disaster Recovery Centers; Urge Maine Residents to Apply for Disaster Assistance

Feb. 5, 2024: IRS: Maine taxpayers impacted by severe storms and flooding qualify for tax relief; various deadlines postponed to June 17

See all news updates

Find Disaster Assistance In Your County

Select a county on the left to show assistance programs in your area. Click the program name to be taken to its website and application portal. Filter by eligible entity. If a federal Diasaster Recovery Center is located in your county, find the address and hours of operation. 

To open this map in your browser, please click here.

Storm Recovery Programs & Guidance

Working Waterfront Recovery

The Maine Department of Marine Resouces has compiled this list of financial and technical assistance resources to support the recovery of Maine's working waterfronts from the January storms. 

Insurance Resources

The Maine Bureau of Insurance has several resources to help Maine people navigate insurance questions during flooding and natural disasters.

Permitting Guidance

The Maine Department of Enviromental Protection has compiled guidance for property owners regarding permitting and rebuilding as part of storm recovery. Visit the DEP's online resources here, or download the PDF.

Flood Cleanup

During flooding, basement fuel oil tanks can float and release oil. If you have an oil spill requiring cleanup, Maine DEP can often provide cleanup services at little or no cost to you. This service is available after any weather event. Request it by calling Maine DEP at 1-800-482-0777. The line is staffed 24/7.

FEMA Financial Assistance

These grants can help cover the cost of temporary housing, home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, medical, dental, funeral expenses. 

SBA Disaster Loans for Homeowners and Renters

Homeowners and renters may be eligible for a low-interest loan from the SBA to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles. Disaster loans up to $500,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $100,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property. To apply: sba.gov/disaster.

Business Physical Disaster Loans 

Low-interest loans from the SBA are available to help businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible. To apply: sba.gov/disaster.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans 

Low-interest capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period. For more information and eligibility visit sba.gov.

Storm Resiliency Programs & Guidance

Community Resilience Partnership

Through grants and direct support to municipal and tribal governments and unorganized territories, the Community Resilience Partnership assists Maine communities to become more resilient to climate change effects such as extreme weather, flooding, rising sea levels, public health impacts, and more. See partner communities and projects across Maine.

Maine Infrastructure Adapation Fund

The Maine Infrastructure Adaptation Fund provides direct funding to municipalities, tribes, and state agencies to adapt their critical infrastructure to reduce vulnerability to climate effects such as extreme strosm, rising sea levels, inland and coastal flooding. Grants are administered by the Maine Department of Transportation

Efficiency Maine Resources

Efficiency Maine has numerous rebates and incentives that may ease some of the financial burden on Maine residents and businesses who are trying to repair, replace, and rebuild their homes and buildings in the wake of recent destructive storms.