Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) officials will be holding an informational meeting Wednesday, April 12 in Caribou and Machias to provide potential grant applicants with information about the application process and what projects may be eligible.


NBRC was created as a federal-state partnership under legislation approved in the 2008 Farm Bill, with the aim of addressing the economic and community development needs of severely distressed areas in the Northern Forest region.

NBRC provides assistance for projects in seven priority sectors: basic public infrastructure; transportation infrastructure; telecom infrastructure; workforce training and business development; renewable and alternative energy sources; resource conservation, tourism, recreation and preservation of open spaces; and health care and public services in distressed communities.

Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) and Sunrise County Economic Council are facilitating the meeting set for 10 a.m. on April 12. The information session will be live broadcast in the boardroom of NMDC located at 11 West Presque Isle Road in Caribou and in the boardroom of Sunrise County Economic Council, located at 7 Ames Way (located next to the old Grange Hall), in Machias.

NBRC has invested $8-million into about 50 projects throughout the NBRC region since 2010. The most recent investment in Aroostook County was last year, where $250,000 was provided to the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle. In the past five years, awards have been made in Eastport, Ashland, Van Buren and to the Indian Township Passamaquoddy Reservation, to name a few.

Since its inception, NMDC has played a critical role in promoting, disseminating information and providing guidance to applicants in both Aroostook and Washington counties.

Pre-registration is required. A link to electronic registration can be found on For more information about NBRC, the grant program and the application process, please visit

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