BICENTENNIAL GRANTS | MAINE 200
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 March 30, 2021. Complete information is at: https://www.maine200.org/
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).
There will be two application cycles with deadlines of:
- February 1, 2020
- June 1, 2020
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 March 30, 2021.
Maximum Award: $500. Required Match: None. Award Cycle: September 1, 2019 - March 30, 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.
Maximum Award: $10,000.Required Match: 1 to 1 cash or in-kind match is highly encouraged. Award Cycle: September 1, 2019 - March 30, 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.
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
Oak Hill Middle School
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
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.
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:
Performing Arts & Media Director
Brita Wanger-Morier: 287-2750
Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790
Arts Education Director (Interim)
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2713
Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741