Commercial Loans

Encouraging Growth & Redevelopment

The City of Lewiston has several programs to assist with commercial enterprise. To find out if you are eligible for one or more programs, fill out the Pre-Approval Application and e-mail to Heidi McCarthy at You can also bring the application to the Economic Development Department on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 27 Pine St.

Pre-Application Process - Start here! This will help you understand the initial steps to accessing City programs.

Pre-Application - return this application to

Program Summaries - a brief explanation of each program. Specifics are available in the links below.

City of Lewiston CDBG Economic Development Assistance
Microenterprise Loan - for businesses with 1-5 employees, at least one of whom is the owner. Great for startups.

Economic Development Loan - for businesses of any size wishing to expand, upgrade equipment, or renovate a space for commercial purposes.

Façade for Commercial Properties - for renovating the outer portions of a commercial property. Limited to commercial portions.

Façade for Historic Properties - for commercial properties on the Historic Register.

Residential Rehabilitation for Mixed-Used Properties - for buildings with commercial uses on first floor and residential uses on upper floors.