AUGUSTA — Fourteen Maine communities are receiving grants designed to help cities and towns attract private investment.

The latest round includes funding from the following grant programs: Economic Development, Workforce Development, Micro-Enterprise Assistance, and Downtown Revitalization.

Among the municipalities benefiting from the federally funded programs is Brunswick. The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority is receiving $250,000 to transform a hangar into a tech business accelerator, which is expected to create 25 jobs.

In New Canada, Herbert Construction is receiving $90,000 to expand its business and create three jobs.

Other recipients include Millennium Maine in Eastport, which will get $100,000 to train staff to work on a commercial boat landing facility.

Fort Kent will receive $150,000 to make improvements to the facade of downtown buildings that were damaged by floods.

Madawaska: Evergreen Manufacturing Group – $150,000 for additional manufacturing and warehouse space; creating five jobs.

Madawaska: Gateway Hospitality – $150,000 for refurbishment of former Gateway Motel to transitional living facility; creating five jobs.

Rockport: Fresh Off the Farm – $270,000 for municipal sewer project needed in order to keep the business open; retention of nine jobs.

Augusta: National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maine Chapter – $98,000 for peer to peer education for 60 individuals and first-aid training for 300 individuals.

Irving Forest Products: $97,500 for training 60 individuals on all aspects of operating a leading technology sawmill, including hydraulics, drying kiln and operating high-precision equipment.

Frenchville: $150,000 for micro-enterprise grants to a potential 12 micro-enterprise businesses for new heating system, replacement freezers, dog grooming station, air conditioning; matched by $63,927 from participating business owners.

Madison: $25,000 for repair of siding and broken windows and clean-up of deep hole left after a building fire; matched by $3,500 from business owner.

Winthrop: $100,000 for micro-enterprise grants to two businesses, Custom Glass Terrariums and Flaky Tart Cafe; matched by $3,000 from business owners.

Sanford: $100,000 for micro-enterprise grants to several micro-businesses for new software, additional equipment and production space; matched by $70,000 from participating business owners.

Skowhegan: $400,000 to replace drainage system for large central parking area used by multiple businesses; matched by $178,000 in town funds.


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