This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
Read more about the program at the USDA Website.
The following programs are available to Maine Communities and in certain instances, Counties through the Office of Community Development. For specific information on applications dates and program eligible activities, refer to the individual application packages and the current Program Statement.
|Letter of Intent Due By
|Application Due By
|January 26, 2024
|March 8, 2024
|July 1, 2024
|March 24, 2024
|May 19, 2024
|January 12, 2024
|March 1, 2024
|April 26, 2024
|June 7, 2024
|February 23, 2024
|April 12, 2024
|Special Projects/Urgent Need
Full program descriptions and application materials are available on the Maine DECD website.
The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) is making available up to $50 million in grant funds to be competitively awarded through the Catalyst Program. The Catalyst Program stimulates economic growth and inspires partnerships that improve rural economic vitality across the four-state NBRC region. The Catalyst Program supports a broad range of economic development initiatives that modernize and expand water and wastewater systems; revitalize transportation infrastructure; establish workforce development programs and facilities; grow outdoor recreation infrastructure and economies; and construct new childcare and healthcare facilities.
Approximately $4 MM is available for the 4-state NBRC Region, up to a $1,000,000 maximum award to eligible projects. The purpose of this program is to support the forest-based economy and assists in the industry’s evolution to include new technologies and viable business models across the 4-state NBRC region. The Forest Economy Program is distinct from other programs in two important ways: 1) the Forest Economy Program emphasizes the potential for impact across the entire NBRC region; and 2) Infrastructure projects (defined by Congress in NBRC’s authorizing language to be inclusive of transportation, water and wastewater, telecommunications, and energy) must directly support the forest industry.
Timber for Transit Program
Approximately $25 MM is available over the next 3 years to eligible projects. This program advances the use of domestic forest products in transportation infrastructure projects across Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont to showcase the capabilities of wood in these applications. Highly competitive projects will demonstrate and widely promote the utility of high value forest products (e.g. glued laminated timber, cross laminated timber, composite materials, etc.) in transportation infrastructure and commit to enhancing climate resilience in rural communities.
Visit NBRC's website for more information.
The Shore and Harbor Planning Grant Program supports municipal and regional projects in Maine’s Coastal Zone. This provides resources on a competitive basis for shoreline access planning, waterfront and harbor planning, identification and resolution of waterfront use conflicts, and planning, feasibility, and design efforts for resilient waterfront infrastructure. Shore and Harbor Planning Grant projects are often well prepared to compete for construction funding through other sources.
Information pertaining to the next round of funding (Fiscal Year 2025) will be available in Early 2024
View more details about the Shore and Harbor Planning Grant Program on the State of Maine Department of Marine Resources page here.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administers Nonpoint Source (NPS) grants to help communities make progress restoring or protecting waters named as NPS Priority Watersheds. Click here to view the Nonpoint Source Priority Watersheds List.
NPS grants are available to:
Grants for projects are funded with monies provided to DEP by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319(h) or Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act.
Applications and all related materials for the next round are anticipated in March of 2023 and will be made available on the DEP Website.
The Coastal Community Planning Grants opportunity for FY24
The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP) is seeking applications for a new round of Coastal Community Grants (CCG). FY23 CCG details and the program statement are found on the MPAP website. CCG applications are due Friday, June 2, 2023, by 5:00 pm.
Open to counties, municipalities, unorganized territories, tribal governments, and Regional Planning Organizations in Maine's coastal zone, CCG competitive grants include projects in Maine's coastal zone with a focus on the following priority coastal issues, as identified by the Maine Coastal Program and the Maine Climate Council's Maine Won't Wait: A Four-Year Plan for Climate Action
CCGs are an important element of the MPAP mission to foster innovative and effective approaches to land use management by providing technical and financial assistance to Maine municipalities.
The Municipal Planning Assistance Program anticipates making multiple CCG awards ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. Total funds available for the FY 2024 program are approximately $165,000. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides funding for these grants in cooperation with the Maine Department of Marine Resources Maine Coastal Program.
This CCG statement is being released to coincide with the second round of Community Action Grants from the Community Resilience Partnership in the Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. CCG applicants are encouraged to examine opportunities for coordinating these two grant programs to maximize project scope and efficiencies. As non-federal funding, CCGs provide an eligible match for the federal Coastal Community Grant opportunity.
Applications are due: June 2, 2023 no later than 5:00 p.m.
View the grant program statement and more information on MPAP's website.
The Maine Connectivity Authority (MCA) "Connect the Ready" has announced its 2022 competitive grant round of $20 million for the fall application window. This is round is to encourage proactive partnerships and collaborative efforts to design, fund, and build broadband infrastructure projects in eligible areas. Detailed Program Guidance and applications will be released September 23, 2022 and are due by November 9, 2022.
The program will optimize broadband deployment in mostly unserved communities and encourage projects that will expand universal broadband service throughout large un(der)served areas.
Eligible applicants are public & private partners: internet service providers, or broadband utility districts, and other governmental entities that have chosen ISP partners. Projects should occur in partnership with communities that are ready to be connected by the proposed project.
Read more at the Maine Connectivity Authority website.