Maine Grain Alliance: Technical Assistance Grant Program

The Maine Grain Alliance, which sponsors the annual Kneading Conference in Skowhegan, is requesting proposals for their Technical Assistance Grant Program. Mini-grants of $200 to $1,000 will be awarded to help grain-based business owners — including farmers, millers/malters, and bakers — pursue opportunities in Maine. Application deadline is Friday, August 30th:

Request for Proposals: Technical Assistance Grant Program

The Maine Grain Alliance seeks applications to award mini-grants of $200 – $1,000 to fund need-based technical assistance (TA) that will help grain-based business owners secure economic opportunities in Maine. A total of $2500 will be awarded in this round of grants.

Examples of technical assistance might include, but are not limited to:  hiring someone to help with business planning, hiring a consultant, advisor or expert, marketing/logo/brand development, website creation, attending a course or mentoring opportunity, hiring an architect, engineer, mechanical specialist, or getting legal support. Please specify one area of technical assistance for which you are seeking grant support.

Grain-based business owners and entrepreneurs demonstrating financial need are welcome to apply. The Maine Grain Alliance is especially interested in participants, presenters, panelists, work-study students, and scholarship recipients of the Kneading Conference which has been held annually in Skowhegan since 2007.

For more information about the Maine Grain Alliance and its other programs, please visit  The Maine Grain Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization. This technical assistance grant program is made possible by a donor-advised grant program at the Maine Community Foundation.

Your application should not exceed 2 pages in length. Please include information on the following:
• Brief business overview
• Brief description of TA need
• Identified TA provider
• TA provider scope of work and timeline
• TA provider hourly rate
• Total cost of TA (if a grant from MGA will not cover the full cost of the TA, please indicate how the balance of the cost will be covered)

Please email completed proposals to:
• Application Deadline: August 30th 5:00 pm
• Awards Announcement: September 20th

For more information about the Request for Proposals, email

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