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Upcoming Deadlines

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


04.16Midcoast Solar Energy Forum
04.17Grow Your Business/Govt Subcontracting
04.237-Town ConnectME Broadband Project
04.25Annual Meeting
05.21LCRPC Exec Comm Mtg

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




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