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Summary of the Covid-19 Relief Fund

In 2020, the Summer Residents Association of the Town of Mount Desert (SRA) approved 59 organizations from across the Town of Mt. Desert to receive $1,000,000 in grants from its Covid-19 Relief Fund.  The grants were generously funded with gifts from more than 235 summer and year-round residents and local businesses. 

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The fund was created when the SRA recognized the dire threat Covid-19 posed to the retail, restaurant, and tourism-driven businesses that are the backbone of our community.  Based on the feedback we gathered through a survey conducted in partnership with the Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce


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and Town of MDI, many of those local businesses are feeling this unfortunate pressure.  The fund was one way the SRA was able to help do our part to help out. 


We raised over $1,000,000 to support 59 local businesses in the form of grants.

  • 123 Main Street

  • Abel's Lobster

  • Acadia Institute Summer Oceanography

  • ArtAngle!

  • Artemis Gallery

  • At Your Service Tours and Car Service

  • August Farm

  • Beal and Bunker - Ferry Service

  • Bluewater Intentions North, LLC

  • Burning Tree

  • Cadillac Water Taxi

  • Chambers Oceanfront Cottages

  • Christopher Smith Galleries

  • Coastal Computers, LLC

  • Colonels Restaurant and Bakery

  • Colonels Suites Inn

  • Copita

  • Floret

  • FT Brown Company

  • F/V Crazy Water, Bruce E. Damon

  • F/V Lanaia Jade, Lindsay & Lanaia's Lobster Haven


  • Harbourside Inn

  • Island Artisans

  • Julie Havener Designs

  • Kimball Shop

  • Lighthouse Inn & Restaurant

  • Lisa Hall Studio

  • Main Street Mercantile

  • Main Street Variety

  • Maine Gifts by the Sea

  • McGrath's

  • MCM Rentals

  • Milk and Honey

  • Mt. Desert Professional / Merchant Way Properties

  • Northeast Lobster Company

  • Old Dog Baking Company LLC

  • Otter Creek Inn & Market

  • Otter Creek Showers

  • Pine Tree Market

  • Rags to Rich's

  • RH Salon - Northeast Harbor

  • Sea Princess Cruises

  • Seaside Deli & Sweets

  • Shaw Jewelry

  • Shirt Off Your Back / Island Bike Rental

  • Smart Studio

  • Somes Sound View Campground

  • Swallowfield

  • Sweet Pea

  • Sweet Soles Boutique

  • Ted’s Take Out

  • The Docksider

  • The Gallery at Somes Sound

  • The Holmes Store

  • The Romantic Room

 A Note About the Grants Process

Concluding a three-month effort to organize and raise funds, the Summer Residents’ Association Board allocated the Covid-19 Relief Fund proceeds thoughtfully and impartially. The methodology examined each applicant’s revenue and line of business to calculate a suggested allocation for each applicant uniformly and objectively.  The Board regrets that there are organizations in need that did not qualify for the SRA Covid-19 Relief Fund, however the Board's agreed mission was to objectively abide by the published guidelines. We hope those organizations are able to find support from other sources.

These funds are intended to assist those businesses in the Town of MDI who will experience a significant business impact due to Covid-19. Should your business not experience an impact, we ask that you consider allowing the funds to be redistributed to another organization in the Town who was significantly impacted.

The SRA Board voted to make a gift of $10,000 to the Chamber of Commerce of TMD in recognition of the vital assistance it provided during this process and the important role it plays in supporting the local business community.

The SRA has retained a small balance (roughly 2% of grants received) to address any unforeseen costs or needs that may arise as it concludes this important effort. 


We thank the organizations and individuals who have made contributions to the 

Covid-19 Relief Fund.  

The SRA has erected a sign along Main Street to recognize the generosity of every donor who supported this effort.  THANK YOU! 

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