Maine voters approved multiple bond packages that include $5 million dollars annually for municipal stream crossing upgrades. These monies fund a competitive grant program that matches local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings to improve fish and wildlife habitats and increase community safety.
Contact John Maclaine, 207-615-3279 for more information. See MORE for grant workshops and application timeframe.(Read More)
This Phase II Economic Recovery Grant program provides grants for businesses and non-profit organizations that demonstrate a need for financial relief based on lost revenues or expenses related to the disruption of business operations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be distributed based on a business’s/organization’s demonstrated losses as a pro-rated percentage of the total losses reported by qualified applicants.
The program is not intended to replace lost profits but only to help businesses remain viable. This program is intended to assist in the stabilization of Maine’s economy and accelerate the transition from short-term relief to regaining our state’s focus on Maine’s 10-year Economic Development Strategy, anchored in talent and innovation.(Read More)
The plan establishes four gradual stages of reopening, the first of which begins on May 1st. Designed with input from public health and industry experts, this staged approach will allow Maine businesses to safely open when the time is right, and stay open by following reasonable, practical guidelines to ensure the safety of employees and customers.
The emergency response to COVID-19 passed by the Maine legislature introduced some temporary changes to rules governing public meetings in order to allow for more social distancing. More information is available at https://www.maine.gov/foaa/. Guidance is also available from the Maine Municipal Association. More resources from MMA are being added regularly and can be found here: https://memun.org/Coronavirus-Resources.(Read More)
Here's a list of resources, as of March 26 -- SBA, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Finance Authority of Maine, and others.
Businesses and consumers are strongly encouraged to contact your lending institution first. Many lenders are restructuring loans, delaying payments, etc. to help during this time.(Read More)
Bremen will become the first mainland town in the midcoast to become a 100% "Fiber to the Home" Community.
After a highly competitive process, the ConnectME authority awarded three broadband infrastructure grants statewide last week. The Town of Bremen, partnering with Tidewater Telecom, was chosen to receive one of those grants. $120,000 was awarded to support the Bremen fiber optic build-out that will bring high speed broadband to approximately 400 more unserved homes and businesses.(Read More)
New COVID-related Community Development Block Grant funds will be available July 1 to support housing assistance, micro-enterprise loans and food security.
The housing funds will be distributed through a partnership with MaineHousing who will distribute funding to each of the participating Maine Community Action Agencies (or other approved entity) to provide Housing Assistance Services in the region. Eligible activities under the CV19 Funding include housing payments of up to a total of $1,200 per month. This amount can include utility payments such as electricity, heating fuel, and sewer/water costs.(Read More)
The LCRPC has been awarded $200,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency to assist in the inventory, characterize, assess, and conduct cleanup planning and community involvement activities for hazardous waste sites in the County.(Read More)
When you work on your town's Comp Plan or your Economic Development Committee sets goals for the year, what's the State's strategy for tackling important issues and setting meaningful goals.
This past summer and fall saw statewide and regional meetings of hundreds of Maine citizens, state agency and non-profit staff, and many others. The outvcome, which you may have heard about is the the first formal ten-year strategic economic development plan for the State of Maine.(Read More)