Economic & Community Development Department

Residential Landlord Forgivable Loan

Click here for application and guidelines for the Residential Landlord Forgivable Loan Program.

Pandemic Emergency Small Business Loan

Click here for application and guidelines for the Pandemic Emergency Small Business Loan.

Resources for Renters Affected by COVID-19.

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 ( . 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 or 513-3126.

Business Assistance Flyer

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

FAQ about Business Assistance Programs

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

Responsibilities and Services

The Economic and Community Development Department is responsible for overseeing the following services:

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August 27, 2012 Governor LePage
recognized Lewiston and Auburn as being business friendly.