FAME News

FAME Honors Maine Businesses, Educators, and Lenders

Annual “At Work” Awards Bestowed Virtually Although FAME did not host its annual Showcase Maine event in person this year, it bestowed the annual “At Work for Maine” awards virtually. FAME presented the awards to business, lending, and higher education partners in order to recognize their meaningful contributions to the state. Video profiles of each […]

Over 28,000 Maine Public Elementary Students to Receive Free Books from FAME to Help Build Financial Skills for Life

In recognition of October as Financial Planning Month and to strengthen financial capability in Maine, the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has once again partnered with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to offer Invest in ME Reads, a program to support family financial education by empowering families to engage in conversations about future goals, saving money, and the value of choice.

FAME Doubles Commercial Loan Insurance Online Answer Limit

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) recently doubled the limit on applying for commercial loan insurance through the online answer (OLA) process. The online answer process allows a lender to apply and receive an immediate answer. The limit was previously up to $750,000 for commercial loan insurance.  The new limit allows lenders to easily and quickly submit applications for commercial loan insurance up to $1.5 million.

Increased Maine State Grant Funding Still Available for this Academic Year

Good news on three fronts for Maine students planning to attend college this fall: Maine State Grant funds remain available and awards have been increased! Also, for students who missed the Maine State Grant filing deadline of May 1, the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has extended the deadline for this academic year.

FAME Approves Financing for MedRhythms, Inc. and Vertical Harvest, L3C

At their July 15, 2021 meeting, the board of directors of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) approved state new markets tax credit financing to benefit MedRhythms, Inc., a digital therapeutics company located in Portland. The board also approved bond financing for Vertical Harvest, L3C, a company planning to operate a vertical hydroponic greenhouse in Westbrook.

FAME Extends Deadline for Maine State Grant Eligibility

Good news for students who missed the 2021-2022 Maine State Grant filing deadline of May 1: the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has extended the deadline for this academic year only. Students should immediately file the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply, however, as grant funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

FAME Promotes April as Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month is in full swing at FAME. Throughout the month of April, FAME’s College Access and Financial Education Team will be offering a variety of virtual workshops intended to promote the importance of lifelong financial wellness.

FAME Approves Additional Financing for GO Lab, Inc.

The FAME Board has approved $85 million in bond financing to help finance GO Lab, Inc., a start-up company at the former Madison paper mill in Somerset County. The project is expected to create approximately 114 well-paying jobs in Somerset County.