Governor Announces $$ Grant to Suppot Seafood Industry Effective April 1st


The Unmasked Governor Janet T. Mills (D) at a Recent Event in Portland.

Late last week, Governor Janet T. Mills (D) announced the opening of a nearly $16 million grant program to help Maine’s wholesale seafood dealers and processors recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and invest in infrastructure improvements that will make their businesses more resilient to potential future market disruptions.

Applications for the Maine Seafood Dealer and Processors COVID-19 response and Resilience Program (SDPP) opened on Friday, April 1 and wkill close at midnight Thursday, April 28, 2022.  The Maine Technology INstitute (MTI) is administering he program on behalf of the Maine Department of Marine Resources.  Awards are expected to be made by the end of May.

To be eligible for a grant, bsinesses must have held a wholesale seafood dealer, lobster processor, seaweed buyer, worm dealer or elver dealer license since April 1, 2020 among other requirements.   Eligible use of the funds may include:  payroll costs and expenses, rent or mortgage payments for business facililties,  purchase of personal protective equipment required by the business, etc.

For application materials and additional information please visit the program website or call 207 – 582-4790, Brunswick.