Small Business Financial Support for FCC

Recovery & Relaunch Center


Phase 2 of the Maine Economic Recovery Grant –

Application due date extended to October 29, 2020

Please note that child care providers were not eligible for a Phase 1 Maine Economic Recovery Grant. During Phase 2 all nonprofit and for-profit child care providers with up to 250 employees are eligible.


Lower enrollment – lost income – increased expenses – closed for a month…

Does any of that sound like your child care business? If yes, you may be eligible for a Maine Economic Recovery Grant, which will provide funding to businesses with at least a 20% decline when comparing revenue minus expenses in 2019 to 2020.

A PDF of the application is available for review in advance of filing the application in the online portal.

Have questions? See the FAQ and watch this video.

Documents you need to complete the application:

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Social Security Number
  • DUNS (Data Universal Number System) To set-up or verify a DUNS number, visit
  • https://www.grants.gov/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-dunsnumber.html
  • Sole proprietors: Total amount of unemployment compensation benefits received March 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020
  • Documentation of any grants or loans related to the CARES Act, such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)
  • 2017, 2018, and 2019 tax returns
  • 2020 actual revenue and expenses excluding depreciation, taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on revenue and expenses
  • An estimate and justification of the percent of 2020 loss in income that directly is connected to COVID-19
  • W-9 (most child care providers already have a W-9)

How to do the math:

  1. Find your 2019 revenue from your tax returns
  • a. Nonprofits: Form 990 Line 12 or Form 990EZ Line 9
  • b. Sole Proprietors: Form 1040 Schedule C Line 7 or Form 1040 Schedule F Line 9
  • c. Partnerships: Form 1065 Line 8
  • d. S Corporations: Form 1120-S Line 6

2) Find your 2019 expenses

  • a. Nonprofits: Form 990 Line 18 or Form 990EZ Line 17
  • b. Sole Proprietors: Form 1040 Schedule C Line 28 or Form 1040 Schedule F Line 33
  • c. Partnerships: Form 1065 Line 21
  • d. S Corporations: Form 1120-S Line 20

3) Subtract your 2019 expenses from your 2019 revenue. Then divide by 12 and multiply by 8.

4) Calculate your 2020 actual revenue January – August

5) Add up your 2020 actual expenses January – August

6) Subtract your 2020 actual expenses (January – August) from your 2020 actual revenue

(January – August)

7) Is your 2020 revenue minus expense number (calculated in number 6 above) at least 20% worse or lower than the 2019 number calculated in number 3 above? If so, you qualify. If you are close, submit an application and the Department of Economic & Community Development will check.

Still need help figuring this grant application out? Send an email message requesting advice to: Cynthia.Murphy@CEIMaine.org and include three 30-minute time slots you are available for a telephone
meeting.