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    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    $5000 Business Grants still available for micro-enterprises

    The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the SBDC will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The second round of funding to this program is now available and can be accessed by individuals across the state who meet eligibility criteria.

    Jessie Perkins

    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Local Initiative Support Corporation: Rural Relief Small Business Grants

    As part of LISC’s continuing commitment to elevate its impact in rural America, OneLISC is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants program.

    Jessie Perkins

    Sunday, October 25, 2020
    Main Street Grant Program Offers Grants Up to $15,000

    The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program will fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded on a competitive and first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of 50 percent of grants will benefit diverse-owned businesses, as defined by the Small Business Administration as minority, woman, veteran, disabled, and/or LGBTQ-owned.

    Jessie Perkins

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    Even MORE loan and grant resources

    The following list is compiled by Main Street America.

    Jessie Perkins

    Friday, May 1, 2020
    Poland Spring And Maine Tourism Association Create maine Tourism Relief Fund - apps start May 4

    The Maine Tourism Association and Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water, part of the Nestlé Waters family, today announced the official launch of “The Maine Tourism Relief Fund, Founded by Poland Spring and the Maine Tourism Association.” Thanks to a generous donation of $100,000 by Poland Spring and the work of the Maine Tourism Association, one-time grants will be made available to Maine’s tourism businesses and employees who have been impacted by a loss of business, or decrease in income, due to the

    Jessie Perkins

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
    $1000 mini-grants for marketing available to businesses in Oxford County

    New Ventures Maine (NVME)’s marketing mini-grant program aims to strengthen access to markets for micro-businesses by supporting the development of marketing tools, materials, and activities. Under the program NVME awards cash mini-grants (up to $1,000 per region) to microenterprises for marketing projects through a competitive application process.

    Jessie Perkins