With more than $4,084.00 million dollars in grants and additional local government funding sources of $3,399.00 million dollars, the majority of the federal budget in government grants is put into the business sector every year as small businesses and large corporations are the foundation of the economic growth in Maine. There are 33,795 business establishments in the state of Maine, and they break down to the following:

Maine Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 21,029 registered businesses in Maine have 0 to 4 employees. People who work at home with sole proprietorship are included in this breakdown.
  • 5,460 registered businesses in Maine have 5 to 9 employees.
  • 3,214 registered businesses in Maine have 10-19 employees.
  • 2,460 registered businesses in Maine have 20-99 employees.
  • 649 registered businesses in Maine have 100 to 499 employees.
  • Over 983 registered businesses in Maine have over 500 employees.

Maine Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • 3,497 registered businesses in Maine are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
  • 1,949 registered businesses in Maine are in the Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector.
  • 3,934 registered businesses in Maine are in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.
  • More than 3,681 registered businesses in Maine are also service orientated businesses but are not categorized to the above sectors.

If you are in the farming industry, you may be eligible to apply for small business grants as well. There are more than 8,000 farms in the state of Maine.

Starting and managing a small business in Maine is not an easy task. Over $17,167,557,000.00 US dollars are paid to employee salaries/payroll alone in the state of Maine and more than 4,131 businesses declare bankruptcy every single year. Although the federal government does not publically provide grants for starting and expanding a business, in Maine, some small business grants are given to business owners to start and grow their ventures, and grant recipients do not have to pay back the funding from government. Therefore, it makes sense to look into small business grants as one of your sources to fund your business.

To apply for business grants in Maine, contact Maine financial aid agencies, or

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Current online applicants in Maine are browsing from the following cities: Phippsburg, Jackman, Peaks Island, North Turner, Mount Vernon, New Limerick, Peru, Northeast Harbor, Monticello, Berwick

Recent State Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities recently published in the local state:

Funding Opportunity
NRCS Maine Certified Nutrient Management Planner (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS ME MULTI 22 NOFO0001192
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $90,000
Conservation Innovation Grants Maine State Program (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS ME CIG 22 NOFO0001177
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $75,000
The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) Career Services and Training Grants Reopening for Maine (apply)

Funding Number: FOA ETA 20 08 B
Agency: Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
Category: Employment, Labor and Training
Funding Amount: $109,629
NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2021 – Maine (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS ME CIG 21 NOFO0001101
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $75,000
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 –Maine (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS ME CIG 20 NOFO0001014
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $75,000
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Waldo County, Maine (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R01 1636
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $2,221,935
Maine Acadian Culture Project (apply)

Funding Number: NPS 19 NERO 0037
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Category: Education
Funding Amount: $74,470
Maine Acadian Culture Project (MAAC) (apply)

Funding Number: NPS 18 NERO 0053
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Category: Education
Funding Amount: $74,470
Maine Acadian Culture Project (apply)

Funding Number: NPS 18 NERO 0052
Agency: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Category: Education
Funding Amount: $377,270
Family-to-Family Health Information Centers – Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, Nevada (apply)

Funding Number: HRSA 18 113
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Category: Health
Funding Amount: Case Dependent

 

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