Municipal leaders are asking what more can be done to help businesses, especially small ones, hurting financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, the Mills Administration announced an economic recovery grant program to support Maine’s tourism, hospitality, and retail small businesses. Backed by $40 million in Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), the Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Recovery Grant Program is focused specifically on supporting Maine’s service sector small businesses, such as restaurants, bars, tasting rooms, lodging and retail shops, which have been hard hit by the pandemic and face additional challenges with the coming winter months. Applications open tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 2.
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