COVID-19 Relief Loan Programs

These loan programs are available to eligible Maine businesses and individuals/employees who experience hardships due to COVID-19:

For lenders

COVID-19 Relief Lender Insurance Program provides commercial loan insurance of 50-75% to lenders who make loans to Maine businesses experiencing interruption or hardship due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Relief Refinance of Existing Lender Debt Program allows Maine lenders (banks and credit unions) to receive up to 50% pro-rata commercial loan insurance on existing debt that is not currently insured by FAME.

For businesses

COVID-19 Relief Interim SBA Finance Loan Program provides FAME Direct Loans of up to $100,000 with special terms available to eligible borrowers who provide proof of commitment for SBA financing. The FAME loan would be originated for use to the business owner until the SBA loan is funded. The SBA loan would then pay-off the FAME loan.

COVID-19 Relief Business Direct Loan Program provides FAME Direct Loans of up to $50,000 with special terms available to Maine-based businesses experiencing interruption or hardship due to COVID-19.
Please see Important Notice regarding this program.

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development has compiled a resource guide of federal and state assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19.

For individuals/employees

COVID-19 Relief Consumer Loan Program provides no- to low-interest consumer loans through a loan guarantee program involving Maine’s banks, credit unions, and FAME. Interested borrowers should contact their local bank or credit union (not FAME) to see if the lender is offering this program and to apply. The program offers loans of up to $5,000 (minus any unemployment benefits received by borrower).  A borrower may apply for up to three (3) loans, one per each 30-day period.