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Grants and Federal Contracts

One of my top priorities is helping to find innovative ways to grow Maine’s economy and help create jobs. Many of our state’s small businesses actively work with the federal government as prime or sub-contractors from electricians, to small widget manufacturers, food products and more that are purchased by the government to complete the missions of countless agencies within the federal government. Maine’s non-profits, municipalities, schools and tribes have also successfully competed for federal grants.

Helping you identify more opportunities, providing guidance, and supporting your federal grant applications is one way that reaching out to one of my offices can help you identify and pursue federal grants and contract opportunities.

Below are some resources that you may find helpful:

My state offices can help you identify and pursue federal grants and contract opportunities, provide guidance and support your federal grant applications.

Additional Federal Resources (via Dept. of Health and Human Services)

Federal grants website that allows eligible grant seekers to find and apply for current competitive grant opportunities from ALL federal agencies. Grantseekers can check on notices of funding availability (NOFAs) posted in the last 7 days; access RSS feeds of grant opportunities; and apply for federal grants through a unified process by downloading the application and submitting online.

The website guides grantseekers in obtaining a Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number, registering with System for Award Management (SAM), and registering with to apply and to track applications. See also website FedConnect for additional grants and contracts opportunities. (General Services Administration)

SAM is the online hub for small businesses to apply for federal contracts. The website includes contract opportunities, contract data, assistance listings, and more. To learn more about federal contracting, click here.

APEX Accelerators (Private Organization)

Maine APEX serves as a vital intermediary between the federal government and Maine businesses to help them find, win and perform on government contracts. As part of a nationwide network of APEX Accelerators, its network and in-depth knowledge of government contracting gives businesses the tools to sell their goods/services to local, state and federal governments.

Resources for Non-Profits

Many non-profits are new or operate on limited staffing resources. To qualify for federal grants, nonprofits must be able to effectively demonstrate their capacity to manage resources and carry out their missions.

Maine Association of Nonprofits offers technical assistance to help nonprofits navigate the intricacies of applying for private funding and can be a resource for technical assistance, resource management and a host of HR systems they’ll need to have in place.

The Maine Philanthropy Center serves as a clearinghouse, both on-line and at its Center, to connect foundations (corporate, private, public, family, and community) with nonprofits, individuals, and other philanthropic practitioners. The Center teaches how to use their database and other research tools to help grant writers hone in the best prospects for their grant ideas.