Maine Back to Work Grants - Manpower Maine

Maine Back to Work Grants

On June 15, 2021 the Governor’s Office for the State of Maine announced that they would be providing up to $10 million dollars in CARES act money in the form of one-time grants designed to help get Maine back to work.

This program is designed, defined, and administered by the State of Maine, and eligible associates placed by Manpower who meet the qualifying criteria may be eligible for a bonus of up to $1500 paid by Manpower.

Please note that Manpower is not responsible for determining eligibility and placement is not a guarantee of qualification. 

The information below has been provided by the State of Maine and is being provided here as a service to Manpower Associates.

For more detailed information or any program updates please visit: Back-to-Work Grant Program | Covid-19 (

Frequently Asked Questions

To qualify for the payments, new hires must:

  • Have received unemployment benefits for the week ending May 29, 2021.
  • Have started a job with a minimum of 20 hours per week in Maine between June 15 and July 25, 2021.
  • Be employed for at least eight weeks, at an hourly wage of less than $25.
  • Not receive unemployment benefits during their period of employment.

As your employer it is Manpower’s responsibility to:

  • Report your start date to the State and provide other required information
  • Once the state awards the grant to Manpower, we will then process your payment, separate from your payroll
  • These payments are considered taxable earnings

In addition to the other qualifiers listed, this grant program has a tiered payout based on your start date.

  • Those who start their new assignment between June 15 and July 25 and working at least 35 hours per week will qualify for $1500
  • Those who start their new assignment between July 1 and July 25  and working between 20-34 hours per week will qualify for $750

Qualification changes were announced by the State of Maine on 07.01.2021

Back-to-Work Grant Program | Covid-19 (

Please note that these grants will be offered on a first come, first serve basis – this means that the program will end once the funding runs out even if that happens before the end of July.

Grant payments will start processing following eight weeks of verified employment for the eligible individual.

No. Because the bonus is not an unemployment payment, it cannot be appealed.

Those that received unemployment compensation for the week ending May 29, 2021 should have been notified by the State of Maine regarding their eligibility.

Once Manpower enters your information and documentation into the online portal we will receive two emails:

  • Confirmation of your application
  • Verification regarding eligibility

Manpower is unable to provide a timeline for the states determination of eligibility. Once we are notified we will contact you.