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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way organizations are considering their Bicentennial celebration events. Many of the Maine200 projects were planned before measures were put in place to address the severity of this health crisis. These measures have caused considerable disruption for many and in some cases necessitated cancelations for projects. The Maine Bicentennial Commission recognizes this and has extended the fund-use date to allow bicentennial awardees until December 31, 2021 to host their celebrations. (Letter from Senator Bill Diamond)


The purpose of the Maine Bicentennial Grants program is to support the interests, needs, and local creativity of communities as they plan local commemorations of the Bicentennial and to ensure that citizens throughout Maine have the opportunity to participate in Maine’s Bicentennial commemoration. Projects can be on any scale. All funds must be expended no later than December 31, 2021. Complete information is at:

Grant applications should be submitted to the Maine Bicentennial Commission c/o the Maine Arts Commission, which will administer the program applications. Program applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of representatives from the Maine Cultural Affairs Council (7) and from practicing educators representing the field (2).


The Maine Bicentennial Project Grant program has concluded. Applications are no longer being accepted. 

The grant application screening committee will make awards based on the priorities listed above, and based upon ensuring a representative distribution of funds across the state. Support for communities that lack existing capacity to raise funds for these purposes will be prioritized.

Notification of awards will be made within 4 weeks of the deadline for each application cycle. Applications not approved for funding in one cycle may be resubmitted for a future cycle.   

All funds must be expended by December 31, 2021.

Project Grants (Small) 

Maximum Award: $500. Required Match: None. Award Cycle: September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021   

Proposed projects should offer context to the Bicentennial Commemoration and could include:

  • Public Programs: Lectures, exhibitions, library series, workshops, discussion groups, etc.
  • Community Events: Parades, fairs, festivals, concerts, performances, reenactments, etc.
  • Preservation Projects: Digitization/processing of collections, publications, oral history initiatives, location-based restoration /interpretation, etc.
  • Curriculum Development: Classroom offerings, student projects, fieldtrips, adult learning, etc.

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Project Grants (Large) 

Maximum Award: $10,000.Required Match: 1 to 1 cash or in-kind match is highly encouraged. Award Cycle: September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021   

Maine’s Bicentennial commemoration offers a unique occasion to draw residents, visitors, public servants, and private businesses together to commemorate 200 years of statehood, celebrate Maine’s present, and inspire a healthy and prosperous future. The Maine Bicentennial Commission exists to plan, administer, and coordinate programs and projects that commemorate Maine’s 200th anniversary of statehood, with three major goals:

  • To explore Maine’s history from the many perspectives of its multiple past and current populations.
  • To celebrate Maine’s present people, places, institutions, and economy.
  • To envision the public and private actions that will enhance Maine’s future prosperity.

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SUMMARY of September 1 Deadline. 

Nine Small Project applications and thirty-five Large project applications requesting a total of $298,870 in support were reviewed on Wednesday September 25, 2019. The Maine Bicentennial review committee reached consensus to recommend nine Small Project applications be approved for funding (totaling $4,500) and that twenty-two Large Project applications be approved for funding (totaling $137,775), for a total of thirty one projects being supported in the amount of $142,255 for the first round of Maine200 Bicentennial Project funding.

 September 1 Deadline - Small Project Awardees:

Boothbay Region Elem. School, Friends of Craig Brook, Inc, Friends of Lithgow Library, Liberty Library, Oak Hill Middle Schoolm, Patten Free Library, Pine Tree State 4-H Club Found., Rotary Club of Belfast Maine, Town of Limerick

September 1 Deadline - Large Project Awardees:

Bangor Public Library, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Center Theatre, Inc.,City of Caribou, City of Hallowell, Deer Isle - Stonington CSD, Gardiner Library Association, Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine Discovery Museum, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Makers Guild of Maine, Mayo Street Arts, Penobscot Marine Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Stage Company, Inc, Rockland Historical Society, Terra Moto Inc., Thomaston Historical Society, Town of Falmouth, University of Maine at Augusta, University of Southern Maine, William A. Farnsworth Museum.

February 1 Deadline (R2) - Awardees

Small project awardees (R2)

Large Project awardees (R2)

Large Project awardees (R2)

Age Friendly Saco 317 Main Community Music Center Lincoln County Government
Ancient Ones of Maine Abbe Museum Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center
Bar Harbor Garden Club Ad-hoc town committee, "Surry Celebrates Maine 200" Main Street Bucksport
Bowdoinham Historical Society Agricultural Wild Blueberry Heritage Center and Virtual Museum Maine Audubon Society
Bowdoinham Public Library Apogee Arts  Maine Maritime Museum
Bremen Town Center Project Atlantic Challenge Foundation Inc. Maine Pops Concert Band Inc
Brewer Public Library Augusta Literacy For ME Maine Potato Blossom Festival
Brooklin, Town of Augusta School Department MSAD 75 
Camp Ketcha  Bagaduce Music Lending Library Merriconeag Grange #425
Cushing Public Library Bangor School Department Moosehead Historical Society, Inc.
Dennys River Historical Society Bangor Symphony Orchestra New England Music Camp
Dr Shaw Memorial Library Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School Newport Public Library
Engine, Inc. Belgrade Historical Society Ogunquit Museum of American Art
Fryeburg Public Library Boothbay Railway Village Old Berwick Historical Society
Good Will Home Association Bowdoin College Old Fort Western Fund
Gym Dandies Children's Circus Brick Store Museum Opera House Arts
Hawthorne Community Association Brunswick Public Library Association Opera Maine
Heart of Ellsworth  Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library Orrington Historical Society
Jackson Memorial Library City of Belfast Owls Head Transportation Museum
Lincoln Memorial Public Library City of Biddeford Penobscot Maritime Heritage Assn
Main Street Bath City of Gardiner Pineland Farms, Inc
Maine Grange Foundation Inc City of Old Town Points North Institute
Monmouth Museum City of Rockland Portland Public Library
Monson Historical Society Creative Portland Presque Isle Historical Society
Newcastle Historical Society Denmark Arts Center Quoddy Tides Foundation
Newport Public Library Association District 53 Rangeley Lakes Historical Society
Pineland Suzuki School Downeast Institute for Appld. Marine Research Robbinston Historical Society
Piscataqua Rangers Junior Fife and Drum Corps Downeast Lakes Land Trust  RSU 18
Portland Public Schools Eliot's Maine Bicentennial Committee RSU#10
Readfield Historical Society Ellsworth Historical Society The Iris Network
Sebago Elementary School Fiddlehead Center - Scarborough Timelines Community Inc.
Stockton Springs Historical Society Fiddle-icious Town of Bristol
Swans Island Lobster & Marine Museum Friends of DaPonte String Quartet Town of Brunswick
The Center for Painted Wall Preservation Friends of the Maine State Museum Town of Castine
The Maine Archaeological Society Friends of Windjammer Days Town of Gorham
Topsham Public Library Hartland Bicentennial committee Town of Kennebunkport
Town of Buckfield High Peaks Creative Council Town of Lincoln
Town of Castine Hiram Historical Society Town of Machiasport
Town of Danforth Island Readers & Writers Town of Mount Vernon
Town of Dexter John B. Curtis Free Public Library Town of Westport Island Hist. Comm.
Town of Greenwood Kennebec Historical Society University of Maine System 
Town of Monmouth Kennebunk Free Library Association Vaughan Woods & Hist. Homestead
Town of Wells LA Arts Waldo Theatre
  Lamoine150! Waldoborough Historical Society
    WERU Community Radio
    Word: A Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival

For questions regarding the Maine Bicentennial Commission (Maine200): Please contact Alyssa Wood  at gro.002eniaM@dooW.assylA  or 207-441-2713.

Agency staff are always here as a resource for you. We recommend contacting the correct staff person a minimum of two-weeks prior to submitting your application.

For general questions about the application or review process please contact Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility, at or 207/ 287-6719 .

Grant information is available in large print format by request. All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with disabilities. All programs funded by the Maine Arts Commission must also be accessible.

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Need More Help?

For General Questions:
Director of Grants & Accessibility
Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719
Help by Discipline:

Interim Media & Performing Arts Director
Meg Fournier: 287-2713

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741


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