Maine Grant Programs

Updated 10/04/22 – 10:00 AM 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.

August 19, 2022 – Funding was awarded to 64 agricultural businesses. The awards ranged from $41,669 to $500,000, averaging $301,217. Awards were distributed to a mix of different scales and types of production across all sixteen counties.

A full list of awardees and amounts can be found on the DACF website

Additional details will be issued shortly – including formal award letters and decision notices.

Other Maine Grant Program(s)

Thrive Maine

Administered by FAME, Thrive Maine is a forgivable loan program for businesses and nonprofits that demonstrate COVID-related negative economic impacts. The program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), an economic stimulus bill that was passed by the 117th United States Congress, with $58 million allocated to support Maine small businesses by the Legislature and Governor Mills under LD 1733 through the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan.

There will be two application periods. The first application period is now open and the second round will take place in 2023.

To learn more and apply, visit: Thrive Maine: Pandemic Recovery Forgivable Business Loan Program – FAME Maine

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.