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City Grants & Loans

City Grants & Loans

Encouraging Growth & Redevelopment


The City of Lewiston has developed the following programs as an incentive to encourage growth, redevelopment, and create jobs. The following information was obtained from the City of Lewiston’s Economic Development web page http://www.lewistonmaine.gov/127/Economic-Community-Development-Departmen.


Commercial Rehabilitation Loan Program

This loan program is to provide financing that will assist with the rehabilitation of commercial properties in the City of Lewiston. Improvements must meet the City’s building code standards. Funds can be used for the rehabilitation of building exteriors, upgrading building interiors, mechanical systems, and structural repairs. Public funds must be matched on a 1:1 basis with private investment. The maximum city loan is $50,000. City funds will be lent at a 3% interest rate for a term not to exceed 10 years.

For more information visit The City of Lewiston’s Economic Development web page at http://www.lewistonmaine.gov/164/Commercial-Rehabilitation-Loan-Program


Life Safety Program

This program is intended to match private sector investment made to complete code required life safety improvements that will result in re-utilization of the upper stories of commercial and mixed use taxable downtown buildings. The funds may be used to participate in the installation of sprinkler systems, creating or fire rating a second means of egress, or other life safety related improvements. The City will match private sector investment, on a 1:1 basis, up to $50,000 per building on a tiered grant and loan basis. Up to $50,000 is available for life safety on the subject property. Once the total cost of the project has been determined, one-half of the City’s portion will be a grant and the other half will be a loan at 3% interest for up to 10 years as determined by the ability to repay and as approved by the LQC. The Life Safety Grant/Loan Program is being funded and administered through the City’s Economic and Community Development Department.

For more information visit The City of Lewiston’s Economic Development web page at http://www.lewistonmaine.gov/165/Life-Safety-Grant-Program


Elevator Grant Program

Downtown Lewiston is home to a number of large multi-story buildings with vast underutilized space and limited stair access to the upper floors. This program is intended to provide critical financial support to assist in the redevelopment of these properties. The Elevator Grant Program is being funded and administrated through the City’s Economic and Community Development Department to stimulate new private investment in existing multifamily buildings. The maximum amount of funding allowed is $150,000 and if awarded through the program, must be matched on a 3:1 basis by the owner. Design plans for historic properties will be reviewed by the local Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and the Maine State Historic Preservation Officials (SHPO) for appropriateness of design. Applications recommended for funding will be reviewed and approved by the City’s Loan Qualification Committee (LQC) prior to funding.

For more information visit The City of Lewiston’s Economic Development web page at http://www.lewistonmaine.gov/166/Elevator-Grant-Program


Façade Improvement Program

The City of Lewiston’s Façade Program is a key aspect of the City’s downtown redevelopment strategy. By redeveloping a concentrated number of storefronts in our designated “priority area”, the program will improve the overall image of the Downtown and the City as a whole and will spur additional private sector investment. The Façade Improvement Program is being funded and administrated through the City’s Economic and Community Development Department. The maximum amount of funding allowed is $50,000 and if awarded through the program must be matched on a 1:1 basis by the owner or tenant. Design plans for historic properties will be reviewed by the local Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and the Maine State Historic Preservation Officials (SHPO) for appropriateness of design. Applications recommended for funding will be reviewed and approved by the City’s Loan Qualification Committee (LQC) prior to funding.

For more information visit The City of Lewiston’s Economic Development web page at http://www.lewistonmaine.gov/167/Facade-Grant-Program



For more information about any of these programs, visit the city of Lewiston’s Economic Development web page http://www.lewistonmaine.gov/128/Commercial-Loans-Grants or contact the Lewiston Economic Development team http://www.lewistonmaine.gov/Directory.aspx?DID=7