NVME marketing mini-grant application for businesses in Kennebec & Somerset Counties
Please answer the questions below and submit the completed application by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019.

New Ventures Maine (NVME)’s marketing mini-grant program aims to strengthen access to markets for micro-businesses by supporting the development of marketing tools, materials, and activities. Under the program NVME awards cash mini-grants (up to $500 each) to micro-enterprises for marketing projects via one of two competitive processes.

Eligible applicants include individual micro business owners, business partners, or groups of business owners. Non-profit organizations are not eligible. Businesses must apply to the region in which they are based. Criteria for the contest: having 5 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, have sales in the current calendar year, and gross annual sales of no more than $250,000.

New Ventures Maine’s mini-grants support new or expanded business marketing and promotion, not the production of product or purchase of equipment, tools, furnishings, or other fixed assets. Professional licensure for the owner or employees and/or membership fees will not be funded. Marketing projects must be current or future projects; we are not able to fund past marketing projects (reimbursement is not available).

Your winning grant must be matched by a 25% contribution (i.e. $125 match required for $500 grant). Matching funds can come from business profits, personal funds, or other sources.

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
• Clarity of presentation- Are you able to clearly communicate the details of your project and how it fits into your overall marketing goals? What are your goals for your proposed project and why is it important?
• Specificity of project- What specific tasks will you accomplish in your marketing project? What is your timeline for completing your project? Clearly delineate the expenses of your project and how the grant funds will be utilized. Price quotes are encouraged.
• Benefit & impact on the business- How will this grant benefit and impact your business? Will it strengthen your brand? Extend your business connections? Help you reach new markets? How much increased revenue would this project allow?

Have questions? Need more Info?
Contact Jean Dempster at 207-621-3434 or dempster@maine.edu

Contact information *
Applicant name(s), business name, mailing address, email, and phone are required.
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Tell us briefly about your business *
What is your mission, and what products or services do you offer?
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How many full-time and part-time employees do you have? (Not including owner or owners.) *
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What are your annual gross sales? *
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Have you had sales in the current year? *
Describe your marketing project *
What marketing project are you proposing to do? How will mini-grant funds be used? What are the specific tasks, elements, timeline and financial details of your project? Please include quotes if available.
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Describe the benefit and impact *
Will this project allow you to extend your business connections? Will it strengthen your brand/increase visibility for your business? How many new customers and/or amount of increased sales will this project allow? How will you evaluate the impact of this marketing project?
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Business and marketing plan *
How does this marketing project fit into your overall business and marketing plan? Will this project enhance ongoing strategies or help to create new marketing tools and strategies?
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Project budget *
Address the following: grant amount you are requesting. (not to exceed $500); match funds you have available; total amount for your project.
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