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Dem Govs Get It Done: Gov. Janet Mills Launches Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program

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Today, Gov. Janet Mills launched the Maine Jobs and Recovery Small Business Grant Program to help Maine’s small businesses.

The new $20 million program will provide grants to small businesses that need immediate short-term help with expenses stemming from the impacts of COVID-19.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Maine’s economy, and my Administration will continue to do all we can to support their recovery,” said Gov. Mills. “These grants through the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan will help pull back those businesses who are still on the brink and put them on stronger financial footing as we tackle the pandemic.”

Gov. Mills is committed to providing financial relief for small businesses. The grant program is part of a larger $139 million package to help Maine small businesses and develop Maine’s workforce, including $39 million to help lower monthly health insurance premiums and $80 million to replenish the Maine Unemployment Trust fund and mitigate tax hikes for small businesses.

Gov. Mills has taken action throughout the pandemic to support Mainers and their businesses. Since the start of the pandemic, the Mills administration has provided $273 million in support to 5,224 businesses and non-profits.

“Maine small business owners can count on Gov. Janet Mills to have their back,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “These investments are critical for Maine businesses, business owners, and the people they employ. Gov. Mills’ commitment to supporting small businesses will provide much-needed support as Maine recovers from the pandemic.”