Awards up to $400 through a local, competitive process in each of Map showing 6 regions of state - thumbnail image of page this image links toNVME’s 6 regions.

Deadline to apply for Spring, 2017 is Friday, May 5.

Background: New Ventures Maine (NVME)’s marketing mini-grant program aims to strengthen access to markets for micro-businesses by supporting the development of marketing tools, materials, and activities. Under the program NVME awards cash mini-grants (up to $400 each) to micro-enterprises for marketing projects via one of two competitive processes.

EligibilityEligible applicants include individual micro business owners, business partners, or groups of business owners. Non-profit organizations are not eligible. Businesses must apply to the region in which they are based. Additional criteria: 5 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, and gross annual sales of $250,000 or less.

Use of funds: New Ventures Maine’s mini-grants support new or expanded business marketing and promotion, not the production of your product or purchase of equipment, tools, furnishings, or other fixed assets.  Professional licensure for the owner or employees and/or membership fees will not be funded.

Business MatchYour winning grant must be matched by a 25% contribution (i.e. $100 match required for $400 grant).  Matching funds can come from business profits, personal funds, or other sources.

Regional Variations: The MidCoast and Southern regions will use the applications to select contestants for a live pitch contest. The other four regions – Central, NorthCentral, Northern and Western – will award grants based upon a written application.

Region-Specific contacts: Specific information and applications are available through each region’s contact:

Additional resources for applicants:

Application Questions

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Mini-grants supported in part by Norway Savings Bank

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2017-03-29 March 29, 2017
(ends June 14, 2017)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2017-06-15 June 15, 2017Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2017-06-21 June 21, 2017Start a BusinessAugustaCentral
Business Basics2017-06-08 June 08, 2017
(ends June 22, 2017)
Start a BusinessAugustaCentral
Business Basics2017-06-08 June 08, 2017
(ends June 22, 2017)
Start a BusinessFortKentNorthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2017-09-05 September 05, 2017
(ends November 28, 2017)
Start a BusinessHoultonNorthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2017-09-20 September 20, 2017
(ends December 13, 2017)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidCoast