Economic & Community Development Department
To apply for all City of Lewiston business assistance, including all Covid-19 programs, fill out this pre-application. An Economic Development staff member will review the information and contact you to discuss eligibility. If you have questions or need assistance with the application, please contact ECDevelopment@lewistonmaine.gov or 513-3126.
City of Lewiston Business Assistance Programs
We are happy to announce the return of the façade and rehabilitation loans for commercial use! Review the summary of programs below to identify the program that might be right for you, then click on the program links to find out more information. To apply, click on the pre-application link above.
Resources and Information for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
The City of Lewiston is still offering three assistance programs for businesses who had revenue losses during the pandemic. Click on the links below for more information. To apply, click on the pre-application link above.
Pandemic Emergency Small Business Loan Phase 2 - up to $4,000, payment deferred for one year. Meant to be a faster application process than the CARES programs.
CARES Microenterprise Program - up to $15,000, business must have 1-5 employees one of which can be owner
CARES Economic Development Program - up to $25,000, business must have 1-75 employees
In these uncertain times, we are still available to serve the community. We will continue to update our resource guide as new supports become available. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns at ECDevelopment@lewistonmaine.gov.
Residential Landlord Forgivable Loan
Resources for Renters Affected by COVID-19.
Our CARES Emergency Income Payment Protection program has ended and we are no longer accepting applications for rental/mortgage/utility assistance. However, on March 1st Maine Housing launched a new rental assistance program for which Lewiston residents are eligible to apply. Maine Housing's program provides up to 15 months of rental assistance and will pay unpaid back rent and utilities as far back as March 13, 2020 for income qualified households. For more information, visit Emergency Rental Assistance Program (mainehousing.org). Homeowners are not eligible for mortgage assistance under the Maine Housing program.
August 27, 2012 Governor LePage
recognized Lewiston and Auburn as being business friendly.