The LCRPC is prioritizing environmental assessments of petroleum sites over the next several months under our EPA Brownfields Assessment Program. These sites are usually well-known in your towns: former gas stations, auto dealers, auto repair shops, junkyards, parking lots, parks, apartment buildings, and properties adjacent or nearby gas stations. (Read More)
New Ventures Maine's Midcoast Region is pleased to partner with Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission to offer appointments on-site at the LCRPC's Wiscasset office, centrally located on Route 1 across from Big Al's.
For individual assistance with your career or money goals, contact Erica Quin-Easter. For business assistance, contact Jenn Dobransky. (Read More)
The next application due date for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is coming up quickly, about a month away – October 31!
If you expect to submit an application for this upcoming competition, please send Brian Wilson a quick email with the type of project, location, and estimated grant request. Not only will the office answer questions and assist you, it also helps Maine USDA’s planning.
What does REAP do?
Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements
Who may apply?
Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and small businesses in eligible rural areas.
Are you a farmer? Or a group of specialty farmers or producers? Check out new grant opportunities from the State (Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry).
Agricultural Development Grant Program provides cost share grants for new crop technology or process demonstrations, product enhancements, new and diversified markets and promotion/education, and livestock processing.
Contact Jessica Nixon, Director of Market Development, at the following email address: [email protected] or mailing address: 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.
Maine Farms for the Future Program is seeking proposals from eligible farms to compete for the Maine Farms for the Future – Phase 1 – Business Plan Development grant.
You can receive a copy of the RFP by contacting RFP Coordinator Lester Dancer at the following email address: [email protected] or by mailing: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Attn: FFF Round 16 RFP. 28 State House Station, Augusta, Maine, 04333-0028.
If you're planning to increase your farm's profitability through operations, production or financial practices, this Business Planning support and possible second phase implementation or low-interest FAME loan could definitely help you on your path! (Read More)
Community Development Block Grant Funds support business growth and job creation. Many LC towns have used CDBG funds for public infrastructure and public facilities. The proposed 2017 application calendar and funding allocation is now available HERE.
In 2017, key funding (match required and job creation goals) is available for gap financing to assist specific businesses to create or retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people.
The LCRPC staff will meet with your business and your town (applications go through municipalities) to see if these funds are a good fit for you. (Read More)
The Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Employment Services and its CareerCenter network has launched the new Maine JobLink, the replacement system to the Maine Job Bank. Employers and job seekers can explore the new system at https://joblink.maine.gov/ada/r/ (Read More)
The RPC is working to inventory and map the commercial properties currently for sale in Lincoln County as a way to gather information concerning available parcels. This inventory is part of our drive to promote economic development in Lincoln County, with all information gathered from the Maine Real Estate Listings website
Work is ongoing to complete listings for all the towns in Lincoln County, having completed Damariscotta, Wiscasset, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, and Waldoboro. To view the inventory for those towns, please click on the following links: Boothbay & Boothbay Harbor, Damariscotta, Wiscasset, & Waldoboro.
Looking for basic information that could help your small business?
Recent IRS New Releases, Tax Tips, links to twitter, and the IRS Stakeholder Liaison Program. (Read More)
The Town of Dresden will receive $84,600 in Water Bond funds toward funding of a culvert replacement project on an unnamed stream, part of the extensive and important aquatic system that includes Dresden Bog, Mill Creek and Pinkham Pond, and crosses Bog Road just north of Dresden Bog. The stream supports a wide variety of fish species including alewives, brook trout, American eel and blue back herring and represents an important habitat in Lincoln County
The Town of Whitefield will receive $74,600 for a project on Finn Brook, part of the Sheepscot River watershed, which crosses under Vigue Road via an undersized and deteriorated metal culvert. The culvert is rusted away at bottom of the outlet end to the extent that only the ribs remain; it is also shows signs of deflection along its length and a bulge protrudes inward at one point. There is also evidence of erosion of the road shoulders into the brook. Essentially, the crossing is at the end of its useful life and is in danger of failure. (Read More)
In April 2016, New England Aqua Ventus I (the Project) entered a national competition with other offshore wind projects for the opportunity to receive $40 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding.
The Project partners include Emera Inc., Cianbro Corporation, the University of Maine and UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and DCNS. Initially assembled by UMaine, this global consortium has formed a collaborative leadership team to develop, construct and operate this offshore wind project. It is expected that more than 25 other organizations will contribute to Project success.
The site for this project has been chosen just off the coast of Monhegan Island. Two turbines will be placed there for several years. (Read More)