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Local Rewards is an exclusive program for Midcoast FCU’s LOCAL REWARDS Visa® cardholders that offers greater rewards points on purchases from merchants within our local economy. From restaurants to jewelry, buying local helps our community thrive!

There are over 200 participating businesses across Midcoast Maine! Learn more

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How it works

Triple points for “buying local” at participating merchants

Midcoast FCU understands the value of a diverse and thriving local economy, which is why we will encourage our members to buy local with their LOCAL REWARDS Visa®. Cardholders receive triple points (3x) when using their card at local participating merchants.

Double points* for gas, groceries, and recurring transactions

LOCAL REWARDS Visa® cardholders receive double points (2x) for using their card to purchase gasoline and groceries. Cardholders that use their LOCAL REWARDS Visa® to pay recurring bills (i.e. utilities, insurance payments, online subscriptions) will also earn double points.

Single points for all other types of purchases

LOCAL REWARDS Visa® cardholders continue to earn single points for every dollar spent using the card that doesn’t qualify for double or triple points.

LOCAL REWARDS participating businesses

Rewarding you and local businesses, too

There is no cost to a local business wishing to participate in Local Rewards. The business is required to accept Visa® credit cards as a form of payment. If you frequent a business that you would like to receive 3x rewards at, encourage them to join!

Member Benefits

Where to Find Details on Points and Purchases

Points can be redeemed for merchandise, travel services, gift cards, and even cash via the uChoose Rewards program!

For a list of local businesses that will earn you triple points, click here! If you shop often at a local business that is not yet participating in the program, let us know by emailing and we will contact them on your behalf.

How do I get my LOCAL REWARDS Visa® Credit Card?

Click here to learn more about our LOCAL REWARDS Visa® Program. We look forward to rewarding you for supporting local businesses!

*Double points for gas, groceries and recurring transactions are determined by the merchant’s category code. Midcoast FCU does not have the ability to alter merchant information and therefore cannot guarantee double points impacted by this coding.

Business Benefits

I own a Local Business. What is in it for me?

Participation in Local Rewards will demonstrate that your business values a strong, vibrant local economy. Midcoast FCU will maintain and promote a directory of local businesses from which our members will earn triple points, when shopping with their LOCAL REWARDS Visa®. Other future opportunities include local business marketing and coupons at Midcoast FCU ATMs. Our vision is to build a searchable online local business directory, that the entire mid-coast Maine region will use as a resource.

Is there a cost to participate in the program?

There is no cost to a local business wishing to be a part of the Local Rewards Program. Your business is required to accept Visa® credit cards as a form of payment. Standard card interchange rates will apply for qualifying transactions.

Do I or my business need to be a member of Midcoast FCU?

Participating businesses are not required to be members of the Credit Union (though highly encouraged!). An online enrollment application is required, confirming that the business meets our definition of a local, independent business.

What are the requirements* and how do I apply?

  1. The business must be located in the Maine counties of Androscoggin, Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln Waldo, or Sagadahoc.
  2. The business must be private, worker, community or cooperative owned and not a franchise.
  3. The business must be registered in Maine, with no corporate or national headquarters outside of Maine.
  4. The owner of majority of owners are Maine residents for at least half of the year.
  5. The owner(s) have full-decision-making authority over the business and is not subject to conditions dictated remotely. If there is more than one location, the majority of locations must be located within the State of Maine.

Our LOCAL REWARDS Business Application and Authorization form provides the information needed to participate. Once the application is processed, it may take up to 30 days for the business to the active under the program.

*Midcoast FCU reserves the right to decline participation in the Local Rewards Program to any business it deems not appropriate or not meeting the conditions stated above.

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