Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program in Maine
- A former Rural Utilities Service borrower who borrowed, repaid or pre-paid an insured, direct or guaranteed loan.
- Nonprofit utilities that are eligible to receive assistance from the Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs.
- Current Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs borrowers.
- Up to $300,000 in grants may be requested to establish the Revolving Loan Funds.
- Up to 10 percent of grant funds may be applied toward operating expenses over the life of the Revolving Loan Fund.
- Up to $1 million in loans may be requested.
- 10 years at 0 percent interest.
- Grants require a 20 percent match from the local utility.
- Grants must be repaid to USDA upon termination of the Revolving Loan Fund.
- Business incubators.
- Community development assistance to nonprofits and public bodies (particularly for job creation or enhancement).
- Facilities and equipment to educate and train rural residents to facilitate economic development.
- Facilities and equipment for medical care for rural residents.
- Start-up venture costs, including, but not limited to, financing fixed assets such as real estate, buildings, equipment or working capital.
- Business expansion.
- Technical assistance.
- The interest rate is 0 percent.
- Up to 80 percent of project costs; 20 percent must be provided by the ultimate recipient or the local utility.
- The local utility may incorporate interest rates or administrative loan fees after the funds have been loaned out and revolved once. First-time loans are at 0 percent interest.
- Repayment may be deferred up to two years for projects including a start-up venture or Community Facilities project.
- Basic Program – Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR, Part 4280.
- Loan/Grant Servicing – Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR, Part 4280 and 2 CFR Part 200.
- This program is authorized by the Rural Electrification Act of 1936.
NOTE: If state specific forms are not shown above, please ensure that your state is selected in the dropdown menu above to find the State Office contact information and speak to a Business Programs Specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you valuable time in your application.
You may also access the Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR, Part 4280.
There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.
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Community Programs Contacts
Area Office 1
Serving Aroostook, Northern Penobscot and Washington Counties
Cheryl D. Pelletier
Telephone: (207) 764-4157 ext. 4
Area Office 2
Serving Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo Counties
Darrin S. Dyer
Telephone: (207) 990-3676 ext. 5452
Area Office 3
Serving Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec and Oxford Counties
Jessie L. Archer
Telephone: (207) 753-9400 ext. 5357
Area Office 4
Serving Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and York Counties
Michael F. Jenkins
Telephone: (207) 883-0159 ext. 2815
William H. Siemerling, Jr.
Telephone: (207) 990-9121
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