Maine Grant Programs

Updated 06/21/22 – 4:00 PM EST

Program(s) Administered by CEI

Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) has been selected to serve as Third-Party Administrator on behalf of the State of Maine for the following program(s).  

Child Care Infrastructure Grant Program

The Child Care Infrastructure Grant Program will provide funding to help start new child care businesses and expand the number of children served by existing child care providers. Grants are available through 2024 or until all funds are awarded, whichever comes first. In total, the funds awarded through the Child Care Infrastructure Grant Program are expected to add more than 3,500 new child care slots.

$15 million dollars in federal funding has been allocated for the Child Care Infrastructure Grant Program through Governor Mills’ Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan and Child Care Plan for Maine. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) is administering the Child Care Infrastructure Grant Program through a partnership with CEI.

Learn more: Child Care Infrastructure Grant Program

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Agricultural Infrastructure Investment (AII) Program

Applications for this grant closed February 25, 2022.

Update – June 13, 2022

The project completion date for funded projects has been extended to December 31, 2024 (from December 31, 2023).

AIIP was funded as part of the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan and offered a range of grant funding for on-farm improvements and processing projects. Approximately $20 million was allocated by the Mills Administration for the AIIP.

Due to the high number of applications, more than 850 requesting over $177 million in funding, the review process by DACF is taking longer than anticipated. 

Other Maine Grant Program(s)

Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant

Applications for this grant closed November 26, 2021. Please follow up on the DECD Maine Economic Recovery Grants page.