St. John Valley

State accepts Grand Isle grant application

GRAND ISLE, Maine — Officials with the town of Grand Isle have announced that the Maine Department of Community Development recently accepted the town’s letter of intent for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The town now has a green light to submit a grant application for $100,000 to support two local businesses, Dionne Farms (aka Misty Meadows Organic Farm) and Prime Manufacturing, through the MicroEnterprise Assistance program. Funds would provide the businesses with the working capital to expand their services, employ people, and strengthen their viability, profitability, and enrichment of the community.

Terry Helms, a member of the Grand Isle Select Board, said, “ The entire town will benefit from providing support to these two businesses. They attract people to town, employ locals, work very hard to be successful, and do everything they can to make Grand Isle a stronger community.”

Prime Manufacturing, offering metal fabrication, needs specialized equipment to meet demand and diversify services.

Dionne Farms wants to offer a greater experience of the agricultural sector and provide locally grown food through agro-tourism, retail, and cuisine.

With support, both businesses will employ low to moderate-income individuals.

The town will host a public hearing for Grand Isle residents and businesses at a later date, before the application deadline of April 27.

For more information, contact Debbie Gendreau, municipal clerk, at 895-3420 or

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