Funds must be committed by Dec. 30.
AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has announced the Maine Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Recovery Grant Program. DECD, in collaboration with its economic development and business support partners, is offering a final round of targeted grant funds to provide some revenue loss relief because of COVID-related business disruption of operations suffered by Maine’s customer facing small businesses and organizations in the tourism, hospitality, and retail sectors.
Funds will be awarded to the first 2,500 approved applications on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible businesses and organizations in the following industry classifications: • Accommodation and food services; • retail trade; and • arts, entertainment and recreation. Eligible applicants may receive up to $20,000.
Funds must be committed by Dec. 30. To apply, visit maine.gov/decd/home. The portal will be open at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.
Planning a vacation and looking for lakes and mountains? Look no more! We have it all here for you in the Lakes Region of Maine! With a combination of Long Lake, Brandy Pond, the Songo River and Sebago Lake, you’ve got a full day of boating on 42 miles of water! For a quieter water-way experience head to Moose Pond, Highland Lake, Crystal Lake, Kezar Lake, Panther Pond, Raymond Lake, Crescent Lake, Parker Pond or Thomas Pond. Do you see why we are called the Lakes Region?
Self-proclaimed as a “visitor favorite”, our area offers many kinds of accommodations from the very popular Bed and Breakfast, Motels, Cabins, Cottages, and an abundance of Campgrounds! Enjoy our endless amenities; restaurants, ice cream stands, movie theatre, drive-in theatre, specialty shops, art galleries and our famous paddle-boat, the Songo River Queen! Most importantly, don’t go home until you enjoy our famous Maine lobster available at almost every eating establishment!
Outdoor opportunities abound. Kayaks, Pontoon Boats, Motor Boats and Jet Skis bring fun and excitement when cruising the waterways. Bike, hike, golf or bird watch. Whatever you do, be sure to bring along your camera to capture some amazing photos! If taking it easy is more your style, visit covered bridges, tour a museum, attend a theatrical performance or simply relax in a hammock by one of our lakes listening to the loons. Whether you’re looking for an active outdoor vacation or a peaceful family retreat, The Greater Bridgton area offers something for everyone.