Carrabassett Valley will get a $135,000 grant from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, one of seven towns that have been awarded money under the federal Community Development Block Grant program.

The funding includes money from the Micro-Enterprise Assistance grant program, which is used to “assist in innovative solutions to problems faced by micro-enterprise businesses,” according to a news release Thursday from the department.

“These awards have a direct impact on the economic stability and sustainability of Maine’s small businesses,” DECD Commissioner George Gervais said in the release. “The investments made in these communities not only benefit the individual businesses, it also helps create new career opportunities for Maine people. The grants represent the LePage administration’s commitment to becoming better partners with the private sector, leveraging new private investment to achieve greater prosperity across Maine.”

The money for Carrabassett Valley will go to four businesses — Harmony House, for equipment and training; Carrabassett Cedar Works, for a new finishing room and equipment; All Points Transportation, for a seven-passenger SUV; and KC’s Kreativity Center, for a new kiln and administrative assistance.

Other communities and businesses getting the grants are:

Lisbon will get $150,000 for seven businesses in the Lisbon Falls village area for facade improvements.


Lubec will get $75,000 to assist four businesses, which are the Lubec Brewing Co., Love at First Light, Old Crow Gardens and Gove Point Farms .

Ashland will get $150,000 for eight businesses in the village and Route 11 corridor for facade improvements.

Greenville will get $100,000 for two businesses, Maine Mountain Soap and Candle and Porter’s Garage.

Sangerville will get $50,000 for Martin Cleaning Service to buy a reconditioned propane buffer and auto scrubber, and a commercial van with equipment racks and a pullout loading ramp.

Brunswick will get $30,300 for Pathways Rehabilitation Services.

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