Alliance for Maine’s Marine Economy Capital Grants Program

Award: From $25,000 to $500,000

Timing: Guided by annual RFP, next deadline is September 15, 2017

Intent: Capital equipment or infrastructure projects within the marine economy that assist traditional fisheries, aquaculture and other seafood-related businesses to grow, become profitable and create jobs and/or advance the standards and practices of these industries.

Applications not being accepted at this time. For a listing of awards, read our most recent press releases here.

The Alliance for Maine’s Marine Economy, in partnership with MTI, is responsible for a coordinating a Capital Grants Program to assist traditional fisheries, aquaculture and other seafood-related businesses to grow, become profitable, and create jobs by providing up to 50% of the costs of capital equipment related projects and/or to advance the standards and practices in these marine industries. Capital grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to sustain and advance Maine’s marine economy through business expansion and new product development.

The Capital Grants program is designed to integrate with the many other funding sources available in Maine so that complete projects leverage many of the currently available programs that may not directly fund capital and equipment. The program is a complementary strategy to the other granting programs of MTI, Maine Sea Grant and the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center. The program is a part of a larger strategy proposed by the Alliance and approved by the State of Maine through the Marine Economy and Jobs Bond approved by voters in November 2014. Because funds available are publicly-approved bond monies, the expectation is that program results will be of benefit not just to the individual award recipient but also the marine, and by extension, the Maine economy.

Critical Links:
Request for Proposals (RFP) (PDF)
Budget Form (Excel)
Application Portal (Link) (Please do not submit multiple drafts of a proposal through the portal, but the final version of the proposal only)

Informational Workshops:

Brunswick:      May 23rd     1:00 – 2:00 PM     Register Here
Orono:            May 25th     1:00 – 2:00 PM      Register Here
Ellsworth:       May 25th     4:00 – 5:00 PM      Register Here

Workshop presentation (PDF)

Grant Application Process:

Q&A: All applicants may submit questions in writing about the program up until 5:00 PM on May 12, 2017. Substantive questions and answers will be posted on MTI’s website on a rolling basis. Applicants are not required to submit questions, but all questions should be submitted in writing so all applicants have access to the same questions and answers. Submit all questions to Martha Bentley at All FAQs and responses will be posted by May 13, 2017. MTI reserves the right to edit questions to provide brevity, clarity, and to cover the same general question from several potential applicants.

MTI, in consultation with the Alliance, will provide feedback for each letter of intent submitted, either encouraging or discouraging a full proposal within two weeks of letter of intent submission deadline. Regardless of the recommendation, applicants may still choose to apply for funding. Applicants are not required to submit a prescreening inquiry.

Proposal submission: All applicants should submit their proposal via MTI’s online application submission portal.

Process Details Per the RFP (page 4):

“The review committee will make a funding recommendation to the MTI Board of Directors. Upon review of all recommended applications, the MTI Board will consider projects on a competitive basis and based on the availability of funds. Once award decisions are made by the MTI Board, all successful applicants, as well as unsuccessful applicants, will be formally notified by MTI. Grant notification will occur in November and December 2017, depending on the need for an interview.”

Update as of October 30, 2017:

Based on recommendations of the review committee, MTI will be conducting interviews in November and early December, with the goal of making final funding decisions as of December 11, 2017. All applicants will be notified of their status – whether invited for interview or declined, the week of November 13, 2017.

The Alliance for Maine’s Marine Economy Capital Grants Program is a competitive process, with requests for over $8 million received. The projects that are found to most closely meet the goals of the program as presented in the RFP will be the projects awarded Program Funds.