Microenterprise Grant

The Application peroid for the microenterprise grant is now closed

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2022 at 4:00 PM, due to the overwhelming number of 

Applications received since the program was launched on march 21st and the limited

budget of $300,000.  

The City of Portland's Microenterprise Grant Program is targeted to businesses, existing and new, that have been or are being impacted by the pandemic.  The entity must have seven (7) or fewer employees (including the owner), and the business owner(s) must be low/moderate income (see table below).  This program is also open to non-profits with annual operating budgets of $150,000 or less. City Microenterprise grants can only be used for items not already paid for by other governmental or private grants or loans.   

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ELIGIBILITY:            

  • 0-7 Employees
  • Business owner must be low/moderate income;
  • Non-profits must have annual operating budgets of $150,000 or less

Grant funding:

New Microenterprise Grant Applicants (have never received a Microenterprise Grant)

  • Maximum grant of $7,500 per microenterprise that operates out of leased commercial space (costing at least $500/month)
  • Maximum grant of $3,500 per microenterprise that is home-based or leases commercial space that is less than $500/month. 

Previous Microenterprise Grant Recipients

  • Maximum grant of $2,500 if previously received $5,000 grant;
  • Maximum grant of $5,000 if previously received $2,500 grant and operates out of leased commercial space (costing at least $500/month);
  • Maximum grant of $1,000 if previously received $2,500 grant as a home-based business or leases commercial space that is less than $500/month 

GRANT DETAILS

WHAT WILL I NEED TO APPLY?

Some of the documentation you will need to submit:    

HOW DO I APPLY?

  • Applications are on google forms. You must log into a google account to fill out the form. If you do not have a google account you can create one HERE                   
  • If you are unable to access an application or have questions, please contact NRH@portlandmaine.gov    

FAQ'S   

When asked how much money I want to request, I keep getting an error message?       

How do I upload files?   

What is a personal financial statement?