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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.

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 in Skowhegan since 2007.

Technical Assistance Grants are awarded with the intent of strengthening the cluster of grains businesses in Maine.
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2018 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.
Bigelow Brewing Company: Awarded $650 to help develop label branding for new cans that will be going out to market.
Biscuits & Company: Awarded $650 to build the Biscuits & Company brand through name & visual recognition by engaging a graphic designer to create a comprehensive suite of marketing materials and labeling that reflect the vibe and the growing energy of their grain based business.
McLaughlin Farms: Awarded $1000 to purchase a used grain dryer to help provide quality products to food grade markets.
Night Moves Bread & Pie: Awarded $800 to help purchase a larger, more efficient oven, a mixer, and a stone mill for milling small lots of grain purchased directly from farmers.

Rusted Rooster Farm: Awarded $1000 to help construct innovative small-scale grain bins with drying and outdoor storing capability.

Wild Folk Farm & the Maine Rice Project: Awarded $850 to improve on an existing prototype rice huller, and build a second one, supporting the goal to have a fleet of human powered equipment for Wild Folk to use and share on and off the farm.
Rice Huller Prototype
The huller to the right was built in 2017 as a prototype by Wild Folk Farm.  It is transportable, extremely durable, and is convertible to run with a bike or a motor.
Interested in contributing to our TA Grant Program? Please contact tristan@mainegrainalliance.com
Special thanks to Skowhegan Savings & Slow Money Maine for helping make this program possible.