Economic & Community Development Department

Resources for Renters and Homeowners Affected by COVID-19.

CARES Emergency Income Payment Guidelines 

CARES Emergency Income Payment Application and Instructions - if you need help paying your rent or mortgage, click here. If you have questions, contact General Assistance at 513-3130.

Federal W-9 - submit with application

Economic Income Payment Flyer

Resources and Information for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

How to Get a DUNS Number Guide - click here to learn how to get a DUNS number. 

To apply for City of Lewiston business loans, fill out this survey. 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.

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has released a second wave of grant funding to businesses. Several changes have been made to eligibility including increased number of employees and type of business eligible. For more information or to apply for the Maine Economic Recovery Grant, please visit https://www.maine.gov/decd/economic-recovery-grants and fill out the online application. If you need assistance with the application, Lewiston Economic Development staff can help answer questions at ECDevelopment@lewistonmaine.gov or 513-3126. 

Business Assistance Flyer

Documentation Checklist for Business Assistance Programs - you may submit the application before you gather this documentation. 

Microenterprise Program - up to $15,000, business must have 1-5 employees one of which can be owner

Economic Development Program - up to $25,000, business must have 1-75 employees

FAQ about Business Assistance Programs

Outdoor Permit Information - click, then scroll down for process and contacts

Business Resource List - Updated 5/28/2020

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.

Responsibilities and Services

The Economic and Community Development Department is responsible for overseeing the following services:

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August 27, 2012 Governor LePage
recognized Lewiston and Auburn as being business friendly.