Awards up to $500 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 2019 is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 3.

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 $500 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.

Criteria for the contest: having 5 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, have sales in the current calendar year, and gross annual sales of no more than $250,000.

Use of fundsNew Ventures Maine’s mini-grants support new or expanded business marketing and promotion, not the production of 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. Marketing projects must be current or future projects; we are not able to fund past marketing projects (reimbursement is not available).

Business MatchYour winning grant must be matched by a 25% contribution (i.e. $125 match required for $500 grant).  Matching funds can come from business profits, personal funds, or other sources.

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

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Mini-grants supported in part by Norway Savings Bank

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-03-06 March 06, 2019
(ends May 22, 2019)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Work for Yourself@50+2019-05-29 May 29, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Business Basics2019-05-21 May 21, 2019
(ends June 04, 2019)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-06-04 June 04, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-06-06 June 06, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Business Basics2019-06-05 June 05, 2019
(ends June 19, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern