In this Oct. 25, 2020, file photo, Gov. Janet Mills attends a political rally in Bangor. Credit: Eesha Pendharkar / BDN

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine has launched a grant program designed to help health care organizations continue serving patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

The program is backed by $30 million in federal coronavirus relief dollars and is called the Maine Health Care Financial Relief Program, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said. The grant program is open to hospitals as well as nursing, congregate care and behavioral health facilities and community service providers, state officials said.

The grants can go as high as $100,000, Mills said Monday.

“Our health care providers, and the heroic workers they employ, have shouldered an enormous burden this year,” Mills said. “These funds, although not nearly enough to make up for their losses, will help bolster our providers at this critical time and allow them to continue providing care to Maine people.

Mills also announced a $40 million economic recovery grant program for Maine’s tourism, hospitality and retail small business sector earlier on Monday. That program is backed by CARES Act money as well.