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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.

Project Grants (Small) 

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.

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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 - 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.

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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 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.

For general questions about the application or review process please contact Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility, at kerstin.gilg@maine.gov 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:

Performing Arts & Media Director
Brita Wanger-Morier: 287-2750

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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