The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) has launched the Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant. This funding is available to businesses who were open before the COVID-19 pandemic began AND to new businesses who were in business as of January 1st, 2021. The full grant description is available on the DECD Maine Economic Recovery Grants page and the grant application is here.
The application opened Wednesday, November 3rd. The application deadline is 11:59 PM November 26, which is the Friday after Thanksgiving.
This program is NOT a first-come-first-serve program. Applications are being accepted through November 26th. At which point, all applications will be evaluated, and the total awards calculated based on need and volume of applications.
We recommend you do not wait until the last minute to apply! This will provide a buffer for technical difficulties or if the State requests additional information about your application, as businesses have to upload PDF or screenshot documentation to back up their cost increases, purchases, or deferral interest.
View the recent webinar where Maine SBDC Business Advisors presented information about the Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant. They answered questions and provided clarity on the program in this short 13-minute video! Watch here.