The Maine Grain Alliance Grows Businesses!
The Maine Grain Alliance awards grants of $250 – $1,000 to fund need-based technical assistance and equipment that will help grain-based business owners secure economic opportunities in Maine.
Examples of technical assistance might include, but are not limited to: hiring someone to help with business planning, hiring a consultant, advisor or expert, marketing/logo/brand development, website creation, attending a course or mentoring opportunity, hiring an architect, engineer, mechanical specialist, or buying a needed piece of machinery or getting legal support.
Technical Assistance Grants are awarded with the intent of strengthening the cluster of grains businesses in Maine.
Request for Proposals
Maine Grain Alliance
PO Box 1140, Skowhegan, Maine 04976
Technical Assistance Grant Program
For immediate release
November 5, 2019
The Maine Grain Alliance seeks applications to award mini-grants of $250 – $1,000 to fund need-based technical assistance (TA) and equipment that will help grain-based business owners secure economic opportunities in Maine.
Grain-based business owners and entrepreneurs demonstrating financial need are welcome to apply. The Maine Grain Alliance is especially interested in assisting participants, presenters, panelists, work-study students, and scholarship recipients of the Kneading Conference which has been held annually since 2007.
Please email completed proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: January 15th, 2020 5:00 pm
Awards Announcement: Late January 2020
Your Application should not exceed 2 pages in length. Please include information on the following:
Brief Business Overview
Brief description of TA/Equipment need
Identified TA provider, scope of work and timeline
TA provider hourly rate
Total cost of TA or Equipment (if a grant from MGA will not cover the full cost of the TA, please indicate how the balance of the cost will be covered)
2020 Technical Assistance Grant Awardees
The Maine Grain Alliance is proud to announce the awardees of our latest round of technical assistance grants. Our grants of $250-$1,000 are used to fund need-based technical assistance and equipment that will help grain-based business owners secure economic opportunities in Maine. In 2020, we awarded $12,495 in grant funds through this program.
- Acadia Clay Ovens– in support of expanding exposure of the business through target print advertising.
- Au Bon Vivant Artisan Bakery – in support of a portion of cost relating to build-out of infrastructure and equipment
- The Bankery– in support of product development
- Bigelow Fields Bread House – in support of hiring professional baking consultants
- Brazen Baking – in support of packaging solutions
- To be announced soon – in support of baking equipment for entrepreneur to feature Maine grown-grains.
- Hello, Good Pie Bakery & Gourmet Kitchen – in support of a labeling solutions
- Hootenanny Bread – in support of baking equipment, maintenance, restoration, and training costs
- The Somali Bantu Community Association’s Liberation Farms Program – in support of flint corn processing and post-harvest grain handling equipment
- The Miller’s Table at Maine Grains – in support of contracting a business consultant for a new project
- Night Moves Bread – in support of equipment and installation by a bakery equipment specialist
- Old Dog Baking Company – in support of materials, equipment, and infrastructure
- ORA BREADS Volunteer Baking Guild – in support of baking equipment
- Rusted Rooster Farm– in support of grain storage infrastructure
- Songbird Farm – in support of post-harvest grain infrastructure
- Tumbledown Brewing – in support of brewing equipment
- Uproot Pie Co.- in support of purchase of baking equipment
- Wild Folk Farm/Maine Rice Project – in support of post-harvest grain equipment
- ZU Bakery – in support of baking equipment