Maine creates a pool of $16 million in grants for small businesses

Communities in the US are still recovering from the pandemic. Fortunately, many offer grants to support their small business community. From seafood producers in Maine to downtown businesses in St. Louis, here are small business grants to support local economies in the U.S.

St. Louis Small Business Grant Fund

St. Louis is launching a grant program to support small businesses recovering from the pandemic. Eligible companies can apply for a $5,000 grant. The program can fund up to 900 businesses across the city, providing grants on a first-come, first-served basis. Since the program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, applicants must have 25 or fewer employees and demonstrate pandemic-related hardships. Registrations will officially open on April 14.

Duke Energy Hometown Grant Revitalization Program

Duke Energy is supporting inner-city North Carolina communities through a new $500,000 grant initiative. This is the second round of the Hometown Grant Revitalization Program, which has already provided $1.5 million in small business recovery efforts since the start of the pandemic. Grants will be available to businesses in 20 communities across the state through local nonprofit partners. Individual business grants range from $500 to $2,500, with applications due by May 31.

Chatham County Small Business Grant Program

Chatham County, Georgia is offering $1.5 million in small business grants to local businesses. The Small Business Grant Program offers up to $25,000 per business to reimburse pandemic-related costs. The program is funded by the county’s allocation of federal U.S. rescue plan law. Funded by the county’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds, businesses must be located in unincorporated Chatham County to qualify for funding. They must also have fewer than 100 employees, be aware of taxes, and have proof of pandemic-related hardship. The application period starts on April 1 and closes once the funds are distributed.

Long Island Main Street Revitalization Grants

PSEG Long Island is providing an additional $500,000 to its small business grant programs. The funds will be distributed through PSEG Long Island’s Main Street Revitalization Grants, as well as downtown beautification grants to local chambers of commerce. The Main Street Revitalization grants support business stabilization efforts. And grants for downtown beautification can be used for expenses such as outdoor heaters or dining areas. The funds are distributed continuously.

Nantucket Rock Solid Business Grant Program

Nantucket’s Rock Solid Business Grant program offers another round of funding for local businesses. The program was originally launched in 2020 to support pandemic relief efforts on the island. So far, local businesses have received $200,000 in grants. Another $50,000 is available this year, and the requirements are more general. The Chamber’s Nantucket Island Center administers the program and applications are due April 4.

Maine Seafood Dealer and Processors COVID-19 Response and Resilience Program

Maine is deploying $16 million in federal funds to support small businesses, including fishmongers and processors recovering from the pandemic. Funds can cover technology and infrastructure to improve resilience. The Seafood Dealer and Processors COVID-19 Response and Resilience Program is part of the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan. The Maine Technology Institute is responsible for administering the program. Registrations open on April 1 and close on April 28.

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