The New England Export Expansion Fund (EEF) represents a collaborative effort between The Provident Bank, the Granite State District Export Council (GSDEC), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and partners throughout New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Who can use these funds? The funds, via indirect grants, are available to all qualifying New Hampshire/Maine/Massachusetts/Vermont businesses, with a concentration on manufacturing companies with 1,500 employees or less in their state’s locations. However, services companies, including educational institutions, travel & tourism, engineering and other service companies, may also qualify for the EEF.
What can the funds be used for? These funds can be used to offset the costs of U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service programs* around the globe with the goal of enhancing and supporting export expansion. Services** could include, but are not limited to, the Gold Key program, International Partner Searches, Initial Market Checks, International Company Profiles and Business Facilitation Services.
What is the process for using the EEF? Outreach will be conducted by all of the partners, including The Provident Bank, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the GSDEC to inform companies of this program. Companies will need to complete a short questionnaire and also agree to the terms*** of the EEF in order to use the funds.
How do I find information and a contact person for the EEF in my state? The information on the EEF for each state is available on state-specific EEF pages available below, please click on the state where your company’s HQ is located:








For general information or questions on the New England Export Expansion Fund, please contact:

Justin Oslowski
New Hampshire Export Assistance Center / U.S. Commercial Service / International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
(T) +1.603.610.2416


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*In order to use U.S. Department of Commerce services, company products/services must meet or exceed 51% U.S. content. The EEF can only be used for specific service or registration costs. It cannot cover travel, lodging or similar expenses.
**Timing and country of U.S. Department of Commerce services depends on U.S. Embassy/Consulate capacity in the country requested and will need to be confirmed before use of the EEF is approved.
***Terms include the Cancellation Policy: Companies will be required to submit their projects for reimbursement upon completion of the project – if participation in the project is cancelled by the company, no reimbursement will be provided.