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Information for Maine Nonprofits During COVID-19

Reopening to the Public and Restarting Maine's Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for Maine’s economy. Like our peers in the corporate sector, nonprofit organizations are assessing when and how to safely reopen offices, resume or expand in-person services, and reimagine work.

One thing is clear: nonprofits are a vital part of Maine’s current and future economy.

Below we are compiling resources and tools to help nonprofits navigate “reopening” Maine’s economy during and after the coronavirus pandemic. If your organization is developing tools to support other nonprofit organizations, let us know!

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Reopening with Purpose: Guidance for Maine Nonprofits Impacted by the Pandemic

MANP has developed a nonprofit-specific guidebook to assist nonprofits in shaping their plans to reopen offices and re-engage with the public. Learn more and download your free copy! Note: while published in summer 2020, the content remains a useful general resource and should always be used in concert with current public health guidance and state prevention checklists (see below).

State + Federal Plans

  • The fourth and final stage of the Restarting Maine’s Economy plan ended with the release of the Moving Maine Forward plan on March 5, 2021, which updates guidance to protect public health and support Maine’s economy during the upcoming busy tourism season as vaccinations progress. The plan maintains critical public health measures, establishes timeframes, simplifies and standardizes protocols, and updates travel policies. This follows previous iterations of
  • Weekly updates with MDECD Commissioner Heather Johnson, Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm (Zoom link & schedule at https://www.maine.gov/decd/home).

Vaccine Access + Vaccine Policies

Advice for Boards + Leaders

Trainings + Forums

General Guidance + Resources

Industry/Mission-Area Specific Tools

Many of the MDCED lists are being regularly updated, so cross-check the MDCED website to see if there is more updated guidance than what is listed below

Camps, Summer Education Programs & Outdoor Recreation

Performing Arts:

Museums + Libraries:

Churches + Faith-Based Groups

Health and Human Services:

Tribal Communities

Samples, Templates, Tools + Graphics

Input + Feedback

  • The Mills administration is using this comment form to collect input on their plans/approach to re-open the economy.

Maine’s Economic Recovery – The Big Picture

Planning for “reopening” is taking place within the broader context of conversations about Maine’s economic recovery and economic development. In May 2020, Governor Mills formed an Economic Recovery Committee to develop specific policy recommendations to stabilize the state’s economy and build a bridge to future prosperity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. MANP’s Executive Director, Jennifer Hutchins, serves on this committee. Learn more about the committee’s work.