Economic Development

Posted on: August 14, 2017

Grant Applications for Portland Economic Development Plan Projects Due September 29

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Non-profit organizations and City of Portland departments can now apply for grant funding from the Portland Economic Development Plan Implementation Program (PEDPIP). The current round of applications is due no later than September 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM.  The maximum grant request is $15,000. The total amount of funds available for this round is $37,900.   


PEDPIP provides non-profits and City departments with matching grants to assist with planning studies and other “soft” costs associated with implementing economic development projects and programs contained in the 2016-2017 Work Plan and in the larger Portland Economic Development Vision and Plan. PEDPIP does not fund “hard” costs for public infrastructure or private development projects. The Program guidelines provide information on activities eligible for funding from PEDPIP. These guidelines, along with the grant application, 2016-2017 Work Plan, and the Economic Development Vision and Plan can be accessed on the City’s website.  


Submit applications online to the City of Portland’s Economic Development Department at nrh@portlandmaine.gov or drop off a hard copy in Room 308, Portland City Hall no later than 3:00 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017. The Portland Development Corporation, the City’s loan and grant board, will review all qualified grant requests and approve the awardees.


The Portland Economic Development Plan provides a roadmap for Portland’s success with a strong focus on growing the economy, enriching the creative economy and supporting business. Developed collaboratively among the City of Portland, Portland Community Chamber, Creative Portland, and a task force representing many stakeholders in the private sector, the Plan was created in August 2011. The associated Work Plan is updated every two years. The current Work Plan is for 2016-2017. 


Questions can be directed to Nelle Hanig at nrh@portlandmaine.gov or 207-756-8019.