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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Economic Development Program (EDP)

Grants to Maine Local Municipal Governments for
Projects that Promote Job Creation and Retention

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Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

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05/24/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Maine local municipal governments (excluding entitlement communities) for projects that assist businesses with job creation and retention for the low-to-moderate income sector. Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply prior to applying. Funding is intended to prevent and eliminate slum conditions through increased employment.

All CDBG funded activities must meet one of three National Objectives of the program. These objectives are:
- Benefit to low and moderate income persons;
- Prevention and elimination of slum and blight conditions; and
- Meeting community development needs having a particular urgency.

The following limited conditions apply:

1. The retail business represents the provisions of new products and services previously unavailable in the community or is a tourism-related business; and
2. The development or expansion of the retail business represents a net economic gain for the community and the region. Applications supporting a retail business or businesses are required to certify that the development represents a new overall gain for the region economy and not a shift from existing established businesses to a new or expanded one; and
3. The retail business is located in either a downtown district meeting the definition of PL 776 enacted by the 119th legislature; or a designated local growth area contained in an adopted and consistent comprehensive plan; and
4. At least 50% of the jobs created by the retail business must be full time jobs.

Grants to Municipalities: for acquisition, relocation, demolition, clearance, construction, reconstruction, installation and rehabilitation associated with public infrastructure projects such as water and sewer improvements, flood and drainage improvements, publicly-owned commercial and industrial buildings, parking, streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, etc. All public infrastructure must be owned by the municipality or public or private utility and be in support of an identified business.

Grants to Municipalities for Direct Business Support: for capital and non-capital equipment, land and site improvements, rehabilitation or construction of commercial or industrial buildings, job training, working capital and capital equipment and be in support of an identified business. Acquisition is not an allowable activity under this group.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167238

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants to Municipalities/Grants to Municipalities for Direct Business Support: Up to $500,000

Start-up businesses are limited to a maximum grant award of $250,000.

The maximum CDBG participation per job created or retained with EDP funds is $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to have successful completion within 12 months.

Applicants have up to three months to complete the project development phase process or notice of award may be rescinded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All units of general local government in Maine, including plantations, except for the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island are eligible to apply for and receive State CDBG program funds.

County governments may apply on behalf of the Unorganized Territory. Groups of local governments may apply for multi-jurisdictional or joint projects. Multi-jurisdictional applications require designation of one local government as the lead applicant and consent for that designation by each participating local government.

Counties may apply for the Economic Development or Public Service programs on behalf of a collaboration of communities.

Eligible applicants, including counties as defined above may apply for CDBG assistance on behalf of the five Maine Indian Tribes. Maine Indian Tribes are not themselves eligible applicants.

Applicants may apply in only one specific grant activity group

EDP program funds cannot be used to refinance existing debt.

Projects with a total cost exceeding $3,000,000 are not eligible for EDP assistance. The minimum request for EDP assistance is $100,000.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent to Apply: Due Friday February 22, 2019 by 4:00 PM

Applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM at the Office of Community Development (address below) on May 24, 2019.

2019 CDBG Program Funds are not expected to be available before July 1, 2019.

Economic Development Applications for Activity Groups 1 and 2 (Municipally Owned or Non-Municipally Owned Grants) are limited to those communities receiving prior written OCD approval of their Letter of Intent to Apply. Applicants submitting an EDP application for grant funds without OCD approval of their Letter of Intent will have the application returned unscored.

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number.

Applicants for Economic Development Program funds must certify and provide documentation, at time of application, that there is a 100% cash match of the total EDP award. Matching funds must be directly related to the activities undertaken with EDP funding.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of Intent may be submitted via email to: Please enter “EDP LOI” in the subject line.

Office of Community Development
111 Sewall Street, 3rd Floor
59 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0059

Phone: (207) 624-7484
Fax: (207) 287-8070
TTY: 1-800-437-1220

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: All communities, excluding the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco, and Frye Island