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December 10, 2020

Agriculture and Food Processing Infrastructure Reimbursement Program

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry CARES—CV19 Agriculture and Food Processing Infrastructure Reimbursement Program is offering grants from $1,000 to $100,000 in reimbursements to eligible Maine businesses that have recently invested in infrastructure purchases or projects due to market disruptions caused by COVID-19.

The Agriculture and Food Processing Infrastructure Reimbursement Program was created to help support Maine businesses, including farms, food and beverage processors, value-added food and beverage producers, distributors, aggregators and co-packers to address supply chain disruptions and mitigate health and environmental impacts as a result of the pandemic. Projects should aim to improve food supply resilience through increasing agricultural processing capacity, resolving food supply bottlenecks, or promoting worker safety as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

This funding can be used to reimburse equipment purchases, capital projects/improvements, and other eligible costs incurred after March 1, 2020. Reimbursement will be retroactively applied to those costs.
Application Details
Grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis. Applications that arrive after the deadline will not be reviewed.  

Applications, with all receipts included, are due by Friday, December 18, 2020, by 5pm.

Visit Coastal Enterprises, Inc.'s website for eligibility details and to apply. For questions or additional information, please contact Jenn Stein at

Local Initiative Support Corporation:  Rural Relief Small Business Grants

As part of LISC’s continuing commitment to elevate its impact in rural America, OneLISC is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants program.  
Who is eligible?
Only small businesses located in rural communities are eligible at this time. Rural communities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or less. A community is defined as the city/town/village where your business address is located. If the business is mobile (a food truck, fishing boat, ride share driver, etc.) please use the address where your vehicle is stored during non-business hours.

Non-profit organizations are ineligible for the relief funding program at this time but may be eligible for later rounds of funding.

Application Details
Click here to review the FAQs and grant information before applying.

The next grant application period will open on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Visit LISC's website for more details. 


USDA: Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants

The Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance (EA/REDA) grant funds are to be used for conducting and promoting energy audits, or for providing agricultural producers and rural small businesses recommendations and information on how to become more energy efficient and to use renewable energy technologies and resources.

Eligible applicants include town and county governments, instrumentality of state or local government, and Institutions of higher learning. Applicants can contract the energy audit or renewable energy development assistance work out to qualified entities.
Application Details
The deadline to submit applications is on Monday, February 1, 2021 by 4:30pm.

Below you will find the EA/REDA FY21 application, the FY21 NOSA and a PowerPoint with information about the program, who is eligible to apply, and what are eligible projects.
For questions or additional information, please contact Ivana Hernandez Clukey at or (207) 990-9127.

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