Grants & Loans

Assistance in the form of loans or grants may be availble through the specific programs below. More information including who to contact is available on the program pages.

Invasive Aquatic Plants

  • Cost Share Grants to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Plants. Grants are available for boat inspection/boater education programs to prevent invasive plant infestations and b) hand removal programs for lakes already infested. More Information about "invasive" grants.

Municipal wastewater treament facilities

  • State Municipal Construction Grant Program. Grants for planning, design, and construction of wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF or SRF). Low interest loans for the construction, expansion, and rehabilitation of wastewater facilities.
    More information about Municipal Construction Grants and SRF loans.

Non-point sources

  • Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Control Grants ("319"). Grants to prevent or reduce nonpoint source pollutant loadings entering water resources so that beneficial uses of the water resources are maintained or restored. More information about 319 grants.

On-site wastewater disposal systems

  • Small Community Grant Program (SCG). Grants to towns to help replace malfunctioning septic systems that are polluting a waterbody or causing a public nuisance. More information about SCG program.

Pump-out Grant Program

Lake Stormwater Compensation Fund Grant

Lake Watershed Protection Grant

Other programs of interest (not at DEP)

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection (Second Edition). EPA publication.

Conservation Technology Support Program (CTSP)

  • The Conservation Technology Support Program (CTSP) annually awards grants of equipment plus software to tax-exempt conservation organizations to build their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capacity. More information about the CTSP program (off-site).

Nutrient management loans (FAME)

  • Nutrient Management Loans are now available through FAME. These loans have an effective interest rate of 4% the first year and 3% each year thereafter for up to 20 years. The loans may be used for building storage and handling facilities for manure and milk room wastes, including equipment that is used solely for this purpose. More information may be obtained by contacting the Department of Agriculture Nutrient Management Coordinator at 287-1132, or Scott Bursey at FAME at 623-3263 (email: info@famemaine.com).