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Upcoming Deadlines

01.18PeopleForBikes Community Grant
02.08CDBG 2019 Letters of Intent
04.01Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants
04.12Community Forestry Grants


01.24Food Security Coalition
01.24LCRPC Exec Comm Mtg
01.3015th Anniversary, W'boro Bus Assn
01.317-Town ConnectME Broadband Project
02.06Feb 6 MPTAC Small Biz Counseling
02.07Annual Mtg, Wiscasset Area Chamber
02.27Feb 27 MPTAC Small Biz Counseling
03.02Local Food, Local Hunger Forum

Current Projects



Community Forestry Grants

Project Canopy is a program of the Maine Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. It encourages communities to develop project proposals that support sustainable community forestry management, increase awareness of the benefits of trees and forests, and increase the health and livability of communities through sound tree planting and maintenance.

Project Canopy Director Jan Ames Santerre provided recent examples of community projects that can benefit from Project Canopy grants. Projects of note in 2018 include Garland ($4,345), Bethel ($10,000), and Bridgton ($10,000) for management planning for community forests and educational opportunities; and Dexter ($4,155), Waterville ($7,150), and Kennebunk ($8,000) that allowed those towns to plant trees in downtowns and town parks. "In addition to helping communities with general maintenance planning, these grants allow towns to respond to threats from invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer. They can also support community beautification through street tree planting," said Santerre.

Planning and education grants have a maximum award of $10,000, while planting and maintenance grants have a maximum award of $8,000. To be eligible to apply for a 2019 assistance grant, all applicants must attend a grant workshop before submitting an application. The grant workshop will be held on February 12, 2019 via the web. The workshop will cover such topics as grant writing, project development, sustainable community forestry management and grant administration.

To learn more about the Project Canopy Assistance program and to sign up for a grant workshop, contact Project Canopy Director Jan Ames Santerre at (207) 287-4987.

More information is available on the web at


Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants in Maine

Applications for Grants of $20,000 or Less | Guaranteed Loan/Grant of $20,000 or Less Combo Applications: Deadline -- April 1, 2019

Applications for Unrestricted Grants | Guaranteed Loan/Unrestricted Grant Combo Applications: Deadline -- April 1, 2019

Guaranteed Loans: Continuous Application Cycle

This program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

For more details and contact info, please go HERE

Funds may be used for renewable energy systems, such as:

  • Biomass (for example: biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels)
  • Geothermal for electric generation or direct use
  • Hydropower below 30 megawatts
  • Hydrogen
  • Small and large wind generation
  • Small and large solar generation
  • Ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation

Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as:

  • High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC)
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Cooling or refrigeration units
  • Doors and windows
  • Electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots
  • Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor
  • Replacement of energy-inefficient equipment

What funding is available?


Loan guarantees on loans up to 75% of total eligible project costs

Grants for up to 25% of total eligible project costs

Combined grant and guaranteed loan funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs


Please contact:

Brian A. Wilson, P.E.

Business and Cooperative Programs Director

[email protected]

Telephone:  (207) 990-9168

Facsimile:  (855) 589-1098



CDBG 2019 Letters of Intent



Letter of Intent Due Date

Application Due Date



By Invitation Only

Downtown Revitalization

January 25, 2019

March 29, 2019

Economic Development

February 22, 2019

May 24, 2019

Housing Assistance

March 8, 2019

May 3, 2019

Micro-Enterprise Assistance

February 8, 2019

April 26, 2019

Public Infrastructure

No LOI accepted for 2019


Public Service

May 3, 2019

June 21, 2019




Special Projects/Urgent Need *




PeopleForBikes Community Grant

The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride.  

Please follow this link to review who can apply, what they fund, and links to the application process.

You can also learn what’s been funded in the past in their "Visit our Grants Awarded" database

PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. Requests must support a specific project or program; we do not grant funds for general operating costs.

What We Fund

PeopleForBikes focuses most grant funds on bicycle infrastructure projects such as:

  • Bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges
  • Mountain bike facilities
  • Bike parks and pump tracks
  • BMX facilities
  • End-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, bike repair stations and bike storage

We also fund some advocacy projects, such as:

  • Programs that transform city streets, such as Ciclovías or Open Streets Days
  • Campaigns to increase the investment in bicycle infrastructure.

PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs. For advocacy projects, we will fund staffing that is directly related to accomplishing the goals of the initiative.

PeopleForBikes accepts requests for funding of up to $10,000. We do not require a specific percentage match, but we do look at leverage and funding partnerships very carefully. We will not consider grant requests in which our funding would amount to 50% or more of the project budget.

Schedules and Deadlines

PeopleForBikes generally holds 1-2 open grant cycles every year. In an effort to green our grants process, we have moved to an online grant application system. Please see the Apply Now page for more information on the application process.