Our CARES Emergency Income Payment Protection program has ended and we are no longer accepting applications for rental/mortgage/utility assistance. However, on March 1st Maine Housing launched a new rental assistance program that Lewiston residents are eligible to apply for. Maine Housing's program provides up to 15 months of rental assistance and will pay unpaid back rent and utilities as far back as March 13, 2020 for income qualified households. For more information, visit Emergency Rental Assistance Program (mainehousing.org) . Homeowners are bot eligible for mortgage assistance under the Maine Housing program.
Resources and Information for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
How to Get a DUNS Number Guide - click here to learn how to get a DUNS number (required for most business assistance)
To apply for City of Lewiston business loans, fill out this survey. An Economic Development staff member will review the information and contact you to discuss eligibility. If you have questions or need assistance with the application, please contact ECDevelopment@lewistonmaine.gov or 513-3126.
Documentation Checklist for Business Assistance Programs - you may submit the application before you gather this documentation.
Microenterprise Program - up to $15,000, business must have 1-5 employees one of which can be owner
Economic Development Program - up to $25,000, business must have 1-75 employees
Outdoor Permit Information - click, then scroll down for process and contacts
In these uncertain times, we are still available to serve the community. We will continue to update our resource guide as new supports become available. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns at ECDevelopment@lewistonmaine.gov.
August 27, 2012 Governor LePage
recognized Lewiston and Auburn as being business friendly.