Governor Janet Mills announced that her Administration has awarded $5 million in grants to more than 380 Maine small businesses across all 16 counties through the Maine Jobs & Recovery Small Business Grant Program. The program, launched by the Governor last November, provides assistance to small businesses still dealing with the financial toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Economic and Community Development notified 382 small businesses and non-profit organizations that they will receive awards of up to $50,000 each. These expense-based grants, which average $12,700, will help reimburse businesses for pandemic-related costs ranging from supply chain disruptions to infrastructure improvements. The grants stem from the Governor’s Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan, which is funded through the American Rescue Plan and was passed by the Legislature.

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From Gov. Janet Mills:

Maine small businesses are the backbone of our economy, providing livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of Maine people. These new awards build on my Administration’s unwavering commitment to support them throughout the ups and downs of the pandemic. We hope these grants will help them grapple with pandemic-related financial losses and put them in a better position not only to keep their doors open and people employed, but to thrive in the long-run. My Administration will continue to work hard to support Maine’s small businesses as our economy makes a strong comeback.

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