COVID-19 Resources

Unemployment Compensation

Apply online:

Using a PC or laptop is better than a smart phone.

Apply by phone: 800-593-7660

Follow the guide for which day to apply by first initial, last name.

Have the information you need at hand before you begin.

Paycheck Protection ProgramNew!

Keep your employees on your payroll and/or bring them back. The U.S. Government will pay your payroll and rent for eight weeks through a forgivable loan. For a good guide to the program click here.

Relief Loan Programs From FAME

The Finance Authority of Maine has several programs to aid people and businesses.

Apply online:

Volunteer and Help Out

There are many opportunities to volunteer or find other ways to help those in need. Governor Mills has set up a Web page with many of these opportunities.

Find online: mainehelps

Many, Many More Resources

There are many more resources and links to help you navigate these unusual times.

Find more at: COVID-19 Resources

Food Security During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Where to find free meals across Maine

Maine Food Supplement Program Part of the services of DHHS.

Map Showing Food Pantries and Meal Sites Provided by the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

Statewide Map of Free School Meals Programs Shows where free meals for students are available across Maine even while schools are closed.

Full Plates Full Potential Ensures Maine children who rely on school-provided meals won’t go hungry during school closures.

Good Shepherd Food Bank Provides food aid through local food pantries across Maine

Meals on Wheels Delivers meals to seniors in their their homes so they do not leave the house during COVID-19.

Wayside Food Programs Wayside has been increasing access to nutritious food for those in need in Southern Maine since 1986.

Childcare Resources

Child Care Subsidy Program
For parents in need of help with child care

Day Care Legal Issues

For day care providers and consumers

Child Care Guidance and Assistance
DHHS Child Care Emergency Plan in effect

Child Care Programs and Options
Info from USM’s Cutler Institute

State Government Response

Governor’s Office
Information from the Office of Governor Janet Mills

Law Changes
Summary of Maine’s COVID-19 Response Law

Executive Orders
The latest Executive Orders from Governor Mills

Health Resources

Maine CDC
Information on COVID-19 here in Maine

Telehealth Reimbursement
Provider Reimbursement in Maine

Nationwide Information on COVID-19

Food Assistance Across Maine
Programs offering free food and meals

Free Testing
Guidance on testing while uninsured

Legal & Crisis Resources

Free Legal Advice
Get advice from a Maine attorney

List of DHHS Hotlines
Child abuse, domestic violence, and more

Day Care Legal Issues
For day care providers and consumers

Resources For Child Care

Child Care Subsidy Program
For parents in need of help with child care

Child Care Guidance and Assistance
DHHS Child Care Emergency Plan in effect

Child Care Programs and Options
Info from USM’s Cutler Institute

Unemployment Compensation

Unemployment Compensation
Info. from the Maine Dept. of Labor

Small Business Resources

Paycheck Protection Program
Forgivable loans for rent and to keep staff paid

PPP Two-Page Application Form
Two-page application form from the SBA

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
A helpful guide to the new online app system, 3/31

Guidance for Applying for SBA Loans, 3/31
Helpful guiance with the new online app process

Guide for Small Business Loans From U.S. SBA
Provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

FAME/SBA Loans and Loan Insurance in Maine
Help for individuals, businesses and lenders

Guidance for businesses from Maine’s DECD
Dept. of Economic and Community Development

Apply for a Small Business Disaster Loan
A direct link to the U.S. SBA application process

Resources For Construction

Associated General Contractor Info
AGC resources for all contractors

Best Practices Toolkit for Contractors
Information on prevention and response

Notice of Essential Employee
Carry this letter when not at home

Resources For You at Home

Homeowner and Renter Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration has assistance

Electricity & Cell Phone Service
Information on the commitment to not disconnect service

Motor Vehicle Inspections
The Maine State Police have extended grace periods for inspections

Help With Internet Connections
T-Mobile/Spectrum offering extended or free new Internet services.

Child and Family Services – DHHS
Web page of the Maine DHHS Office of Child and Family Services

Behavioral Health & AA Online
Guidance & resources both for the public and for providers

File Federal Income Tax for Free
The IRS provides free tax filing software online

Food Assistance Statewide Map
Find food at hunger relief agencies throughout Maine.

Guidance for Schools

Guidance from Maine DOE
Maine’s Dept. of Education COVID-19 response Web page

School District Budget Votes
Guidance from the new state law

Statewide School Meals Map
An interactive map showing where free lunches are available

Governor’s EO on School Readiness
Gov. Mills order on continuing to pay hourly employees

More Clarity for School Employees
More details on the Governor’s Executive Order

Information on Standardized Testing
White House guidance on annual assessments for schools

Online Learning Resources
Scholastic magazine has put together helpful K-10 learning tools

Suspension of Student Loans
From USDOE on the President’s decision regarding loans

Beat the Stircrazies While Stuck at Home

Maine Street from the Press Herald
Virtual places to visit and enjoy

Helping Families Cope with COVID-19
Advice on how to deal with the outbreak

Activities for Autistic Children
From the Autism Society of Maine

Mental Health Info & Resources
Dealing stress, anxiety and isolation

Stress and Coping from the CDC
Resources for reducing stress

Everyday Survival Guide
From the Maine Crisis Hotline