Grants and Other Funding Resources

With unprecedented aid and funding flowing to municipalities and businesses, SMPDC is continuing to compile grants, loan, and other funds. Feel free to reach out with questions, or to notify us of other funding opportunities. New and short-term opportunities are highlighted!
Transportation and Infrastructure
Grants for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact.


 Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan - Investments in Maine People & Communities 

  • This webpage is a guide to all programs coming out of the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan aimed at infrastructure, climate, community development, and public health


 Maine Broadband Authority Grants

  • The Maine Broadband Authority offers various types of grants to both providers and communities for broadband planning and infrastructure expansion
  • Connect the Ready and Reach Me fund capital projects and broadband expansion
  • Get Ready and Enable Middle Mile Partnerships both fund planning and coordination for broadband expansion


Recreational Trails Program (RTP) 

  • RTP provides funds to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and nonmotorized recreational trail uses. The program can fund up to 80% of eligible project costs on a reimbursement basis. 


Congressional Spending Requests or "Earmarks"

Learn more at the following links:


Economic Development


SMPDC Grants and Loans for Businesses

  • Visit our Economic Recovery Resources page for more guidance on available programs for businesses and non-profits struggling due to COVID-19.


 Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan - Business Supports

  • This webpage is a guide to all State of Maine business supports across agencies.


Sustainability and Resilience


Harbor Management and Access Grant

  • Grants available for Restoration of Existing Water Access Facilities (Coastal Waters and Great Ponds), Construction of New Water Access Facilities (Coastal Waters and Great Ponds) or Engineering or Planning (Great Ponds only).
  • Questions should be directed to John Noll at


Maine DEP Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Control Grants Program

  • Grants are available for developing and implementing watershed-based plans for protecting and restoring water bodies impacted or threatened by pollutions.
  • For questions, contact the RFA Coordinator Alex Wong, Alex.Wong@Maine.Gov


Coastal Community Grants 

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:

      • Building Community Resiliency to Adapt to a Changing Climate
      • Planning for Green Infrastructure
      • Preparing for Flooding, Sea Level Rise, Coastal Storms and Storm Surge, and Shoreline Erosion
      • Land Use Activity Impacts on Water Quality

Questions about CCG applications should be directed to Joan A. Walton,, (207) 419-8661.


Shore and Harbor Planning Grants

The Shore and Harbor Planning Grant program provides resources 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. 


Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs - Federal Emergency Management Association

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP): 


Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC):

Community Resilience Partnership: Community Action Grant

  • Grants only available to communities enrolled in the Community Resilience Partnership. Community Action Grants have a $5,000 minimum and $50,000 maximum request amount. Collaborative proposals by two or more communities are encouraged, in which case the group may request up to $100,000. 


EPA Recycling Grant Opportunities - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released new recycling grant opportunities funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 


Maine Invasive Plant Control Grant Program

  • The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Maine Forest Service (MFS) is providing up to $85,000 through 2023 for local governments, municipalities, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and private family woodland owners interested in obtaining Invasive Plant Control Practice Plans (IPCPP) for their woods. 


Navigating the Federal Funding Landscape - The New England Environmental Finance Center

  • Compilation of federal funding resources which cover environmental concerns, storm water, agriculture, sustainability, and resilience


Energy Efficiency & EV's

Efficiency Maine Incentive for Level 2 Charging in York & Cumberland Counties

  • Efficiency Maine has announced a new funding opportunity notice (FON) for Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers that are available to the public in rural communities in Cumberland County and York County.
  • Incentives of up to $8,000 per networked Level 2 charging plug capped at 90% of eligible project costs for local governments and libraries, and $5,000 per plug capped at 80% of eligible project costs for all other locations


EMPOWER: New workplace charging assistance program

  • EMPOWER is a new program from Maine Clean Communities that will provide technical assistance to support the installation of workplace EV charging infrastructure
  • Employers can receive: Technical assistance on pursuing workplace charging projects, assistance identifying available funding opportunities, assistance with coordination between workplace and utilities, and marketing and promotion of workplace leadership


SMPDC Energy Audit Program

  • The SMPDC Energy Audit Program provides subsidized energy audits to small businesses and agricultural producers in the SMPDC region.