Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)
04/10/20 4:00 PM
Grants to Maine local governments, with the exception of certain entitlement communities, for exterior building improvements and street-level enhancements in commercial areas. Funding is intended to improve business façades and streetscapes in downtown and village locales. Assistance to businesses may be in the form of grants or loans at the discretion of the community. Multi-jurisdictional applications from two or more communities must designate a lead community.
Applicants may apply to undertake one or more of the following activities: façade grants to for-profit or non-profit businesses for exterior improvements, including signage, painting, siding, awnings, lighting, display windows and other approved exterior improvements (interior improvements are not allowed) or streetscapes including pocket parks, benches, street lighting, tree plantings, signage, traffic calming improvements, sidewalks and other approved improvements; eligible planning activities necessary to complete the Project Development Phase. All streetscape improvements must take place on publicly owned property.
The Project Development Phase includes:
1) Environmental review;
2) Cost analysis and justification;
3) Non-CDBG project funds commitments;
4) Management plan development; and
5) Specific state and federal requirements.
All CDBG funded activities must meet one of three National Objectives of the program. These objectives are:
GrantWatch ID#: 187576
Maximum CE Grant Amount: $100,000
Maximum Amount of CE Assistance to Individual Business: $25,000
Funds will not be available until after July 1, 2020.
Applicants have six months to complete the project development phase process or notice of award may be rescinded.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications (by invitation only) must be received at the:
Office of Community Development
111 Sewall Street
59 State House Station
59 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0059
Phone: (207) 624-7484
Technical Assistance Contacts: https://www.maine.gov/decd/community-development/cdbg-program/assistance
USA: Maine: Excluding the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco, and Frye Island.
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