Women continue to be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. We're keeping an eye on policies and programs to help Maine women and girls, and the organizations that support them.

Resources for Nonprofits and Businesses

The State of Maine recently announced it plans to use CARES Act relief funding, in the form of grants, to help our economy recover from the impacts of the global pandemic by supporting Maine-based businesses and non-profit organizations through an Economic Recovery Grant Program. Learn more:

COVID 19 Micro-Enterprise Grants Up to $5,000. The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Centers will be providing grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As part of Keep Maine Healthy, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is partnering with community-based organizations on the COVID-19 Health Equity Improvement Initiative. The goal of this Initiative is to support culturally-tailored COVID-19 prevention, education and social support activities.

Professional Support for Nonprofits Affected by Pandemic
Free help with pandemic-related challenges, such as SBA loans, human resources issues, strategy development and scenario planning, or navigating reopening rules. Get connected to a volunteer from MANP's Rapid Response Team!

Legal Support for Nonprofits Affected by Pandemic
The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project, in collaboration with the Maine Justice Foundation, has launched a virtual COVID-19 Small Business/Non-Profit Legal Clinic to assist nonprofits with fewer than 25 employees whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19. Attorneys are available to discuss topics such as business-related pandemic benefits (i.e. PPP loans), debt, mortgages and leases, employment, taxes, contracts and bankruptcy.

Resources for Individuals

Unemployment Benefits
Self-employed workers and independent contractors have been able to apply for federally-funded unemployment benefits started May 1st. Visit the State of Maine Department of Labor's Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page to learn more or apply.

Other Benefits and Protections

Please share the information in this email with other women throughout the state who may benefit from these important resources and tools.

Let's do what we can to take good care of ourselves.