COVID-19 Micro-Enterprise Business Grant Program

The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Centers (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).

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Must be a Maine business.
  • Must demonstrate a revenue loss as a direct consequence of COVID-19. Funds cannot duplicate those received from other federal, state or local programs (including other CDBG funds).
  • Must have five or fewer employees including the owner(s).
  • Must have a DUNS Number, which can be obtained here.
  • Owner’s household income must be low/moderate as defined by HUD as verified by 2019 tax return.
    • Please see income eligibility by county (opens in new tab). Total annual household income must not exceed these limits.
    • Note: Portland, Biddeford, Auburn, Lewiston, Bangor, Cumberland County (excluding Brunswick) are ineligible.

How to Apply?

Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Business owners must meet with a Maine SBDC business advisor to determine eligibility and submit an application.

Contact one of our SBDC business advisors:

Raynor Large, (207) 783-9186 x214

Lori Allen, (207) 783-9186 x254

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These funds are made possible as part of the $11 million that the State of Maine received from the federal CARES Act for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.