|Who can use these funds?||The funds, via indirect grants, are available to all Maine businesses, with a concentration on manufacturing companies with 1,500 employees or less in their Maine 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 the U.S. Department of Commerce to inform Maine 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.|
*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.
Portland Export Assistance Center / U.S. Commercial Service / International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce