Free Internet Safety Class in Damariscotta 

The National Digital Equity Center (NDEC) is pleased to offer FREE digital literacy classes to residents and businesses for its second year of the Maine Digital Inclusion Initiative.

The Maine Digital Inclusion Initiative is a program of the National Digital Equity Center committed to closing the digital divide in rural Maine.  Our staff includes trained Digital Literacy Instructors who will be providing a free class on Internet Safety at Skidompha Public Library on Tuesday, January 14, from 9:30 am -12:30 pm.

Staying safe online is essential in today’s world. This class teaches you how to keep your information and your computer/devices safe.  The class will be presented by Marita Fairfield, NDEC Program Director.

This class is co-sponsored by Central Lincoln County Adult & Community Education and the Island Institute.

If you are interested in joining the class, please go to www.digitaleequitycenter.org/events-classes/ to register online or call the National Digital Equity Center at 207-259-5010 or email info@digitalequitycenter.org.

Community Development Block Grant Program  Releases 2020 Schedule

The 2020 Community Development Block Grant season is about to begin!
CDBG funds have been put to effective use in Lincoln County by
supporting job creation, business growth, public services,
and improvement of public infrastructure. We’ve met with a few County
towns interested in pursuing economic development projects, and want
to update everyone. 
All CDBG funded activities must meet
one of three National Objectives of the
program: 1) benefit to low and moderate
income persons; 2) prevention and/or
elimination of slum and blight
conditions; and 3) meeting community
development needs having a particular
urgency. Every application is submitted
via a municipality on behalf of either the
town itself, a business or a non-profit. It’s an excellent example of public/private partnership. Four programs should be of interest to LC towns: Community Enterprise (business façade or streetscape improvements in villages or downtowns; Economic Development (gap funding to assist specific businesses in creating jobs for low-to-moderate income people), Micro-Enterprise Assistance (grants or loans to for-profit businesses for working capital and interior renovations), and Public Infrastructure. HEAD to lcrpc.org for more info about the CDBG application processes, match requirements, eligible activities, deadlines, etc. Please give us a call — 882-5983 — if your town is interested in pursuing a CDBG grant or if there’s a business or non-profit which could be a good fit for the CDBG program.

The new Form W-4 FAQs. 

 

IRS: Recent legislation requires tax exempt organizations to e-file forms

IR-2019-206, December 13, 2019 – The Internal Revenue Service said today that the Taxpayer First Act, enacted July 1, requires tax exempt organizations to electronically file information returns and related forms. The new law affects tax exempt organizations in tax years beginning after July 1, 2019.