Maine Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Economic Recovery Grant Program Application

The funding for this program originates from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and will be awarded in the form of grants to directly alleviate the disruption of operations suffered by Maine’s small businesses and organizations in the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is governed by Federal CARES Act requirements and the State cannot expand eligibility to organizations excluded in the Federal legislation. DECD, in collaboration with our economic development and business support partners, is offering a final round of targeted grant funds to provide some revenue loss relief due to COVID-related business disruption.

Funds will be awarded to the first 2,500 approved applications on a “first come-first served” basis to eligible tourism, hospitality & retail customer facing businesses and organizations in the following industry classifications:

  • Accommodation and Food Services; Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries
  • Retail Trade
  • Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

Gross sales as reported on sales tax filings is the key metric so eligible organizations will also need to have submitted sales tax filings for their operations.

Eligible applicants may receive up to $20,000.

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