RUMFORD – The Maine Technology Institute will offer a workshop on its new Cluster Initiative Award Program at the Rumford Town Hall auditorium, 145 Congress St., from 9-11 a.m. on Sept. 23. Participation in a workshop or a personal interview is required as a condition for submitting an application.

The workshop will focus on the elements of a successful award application for a cluster project.

The new Cluster Initiative Program replaces MTI’s previous Cluster Enhancement Award Program, and expands it to awarding more than $2 million per year. The program is designed to strengthen business networks, promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and support projects that strategically advance Maine’s technology clusters.

There are two levels of Cluster Initiative awards. Awards of $50,000 or less for planning and feasibility studies may be applied for on a rolling basis. Awards up to $500,000 are called for through a request for applications two times a year. The RFA deadline is Nov. 14. Matching funds are required for both award levels, as well as participation in a workshop or a personal interview.

The workshop will include time for questions and answers. Reservations are strongly encouraged to help MTI assure adequate space and seating. For reservations, call Linda Adams at MTI, 582-4790., ext. 206, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reservations may also be left after hours on MTI’s voice-mail system and through e-mail at: [email protected]

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