Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program
This is a new economic recovery program that was announced on August 20, 2020. You will find a few informational documents posted below.
The full and most current program information may be found at:
(NOTE: This program is for businesses and non-profits with 50 or fewer employees.)
Steps for Applying to the Grant Program
First - Please review the grant eligibility criteria – which can be found at the above website.
Second - Please provide / obtain a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number.
The DUNS number can be found at: https://www.grants.gov/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html
Third - Please gather all required documentation for your Grant Application.
Fourth - If you are having trouble or concerns completing your applications, you can reach out for assistance by:
- Calling: 1-800-872-3838 and press 3
- Emailing: BizAwards.DECD@maine.gov Please allow up to three business days for someone to get back to you as DECD is experiencing a high volume of calls and emails.
Fifth - Application Period: Opens at Noon - 12:00 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2020 and will close at 11:59 PM EST Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
The application will be posted as a PDF on the following site at 12:00 p.m. on August 21, 2010. The PDF is for reference only.
Link to Online Application: https://appengine.egov.com/apps/me/economicrecoverygrant
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTTED USING THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNTY DEVELOPMENT PORTAL - TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TODAY AT NOON Friday – August 21, 2020.
NOTE: These funds are being disbursed based on assessed need, based on the information provided, and validated as part of your Grant Application package.
Grant funds are NOT being distributed on a first-to-apply basis. Having said this, the application window is less than three weeks – so we encourage you to compile the documents needed and submit your applications as soon as possible.
Economic Recovery Grant Assistance
The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center (IWC) is partnering with the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) to provide support to immigrant run businesses and eligible nonprofits in completing the Maine Economic Recovery Grant application.
Click this link for more information.
COVID-19 Rental Relief Program
The COVID-19 Rental Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program expands upon the previous rental relief program through MaineHousing. You can apply for this expanded program even if you applied and received funds under the other program.
This program provides up to $1,000 per month for a maximum of three (3) months for rent not covered by any other Federal, State or Local programs. The three month period is for prior months and/or the current month. The applicant is the renter and the benefit is paid directly to the landlord. If the landlord agrees to participate in the program, the landlord is postponing the balance of the payment, not forgiving it, and further agrees not to evict for non-payment of rent for the month(s) for which the COVID-19 Rent Relief was applied.
Link to Rental Relief Program Information: