BICENTENNIAL PROJECT GRANT (Large)
The purpose of this grant 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/Deadline: February 1, 2020 June 1, 2020Maximum Award: Up to $10,000Required Match: 1 to 1 cash or in-kind match is strongly encouragedFunding Cycle: September 1, 2019 - March 30, 2021APPLY NOW
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.
Core outcomes of project funding relating to the Maine Bicentennial commemoration include:
- Allowing citizens—especially our youngest ones—to come together to envision a successful and prosperous future for themselves and the state as a whole;
- Include the challenges experienced, and contributions made by, a diversity of the people—racial/tribal, geographic, gender, and socioeconomic—who make Maine what it is today;
- Have long-term value for imparting historical information, and creating conversations that strengthen individuals, communities and their connections;
- Spotlight artwork and products of our past, while showcasing and providing market access for the emerging next generation of artists, makers, and innovators;
- Enhance and broaden community leadership to drive commemorations at a local level; and
- Allow our citizens to better understand key sustainability issues for Maine’s future, including demographics, environment, energy, and more.
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.
An organization is eligible to apply if it meets the following criteria:
- The applicant is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government, legally established in the state of Maine.
- The applicant is a public school, charter school, or public institution of higher education, legally established in the state of Maine.
- The applicant is a for-profit business or organization that is partnering with an eligible non-profit or school that is acting on their behalf as a fiscal agent.
- Applicant has not previously received a Bicentennial Project Grant.
Ineligible Expenses: Awards may not be re-granted nor used to cover the costs of brick-and-mortar projects, permanent or capital equipment, operating support, or fundraising.
NOTE: A school must apply through its school district. All paperwork must be conducted through the Superintendent’s offices. Communications and funds will go directly to the district to then be delivered to the applying school. The Maine Arts Commission will not contract directly with individual schools.
Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. A completed application must be submitted through the Grants Management System (GMS) and must contain:
Online - Fields within the Grants Portal that will need to be completed
- Complete answers to all narrative prompts. (REQUIRED)
- Complete project budget. (REQUIRED)
Uploads - Up to a total of 10 pieces of support materials uploaded through the Grants Portal
- Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for key members involved with the project. (REQUIRED)
- A list of partners/collaborators along with a clear description of how each will contribute to the success of the project. (REQUIRED)
- A copy of IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter (for the lead nonprofit organizations). (REQUIRED)
- Collateral such as letters of support, press clippings, agreement documents from partners, marketing materials, outline of curricula/ lesson plans, etc. (Optional)
Email (pdf), Mail, or FAX
- A completed State of Maine Vendor Form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in the GMS application. (Email email@example.com)
Application Questions (to be completed in the GMS) (All character counts include spaces. 2,550 characters/page)
- Provide a brief history of your organization and/or fiscal sponsor organization (if applicable). (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
- Provide a description of the project, including a timeline and the expected outcomes, how it commeorates Maine's Bicentennial, and the methods you will use to evaluate project success. (Max: 3,000 characters - about 500 words)
- Describe how your project will address some or all of the “Guidelines for Successful Local Bicentennial Programs” (Community partnerships and engagement). (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words) /CMSContent/arts_grants/Guidelines-for-Successfl-Local-Programs.pdf
- Describe how your project will address some or all of the “Four Themes” associated with Bicentennial projects: Living in Maine, The Business of Maine, Maine Leads, and The Maine Character. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words) https://cdn.branchcms.com/4v7q6Edyz8-1136/docs/4-Themes.pdf.
- Describe how your project will address some or all of the “Six Core Outcomes” for Bicentennial related projects: Optimism for the future, Recognize challenges and contributions of diverse populations, Historically informative, Highlight arts and culture, Engage local leadership, Understand sustainability issues. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words) https://www.maine200.org/educators.
- Include any other key facts or circumstances that the review panel should know about. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
- Quality of the overall project and how it commemorates Maine’s Bicentennial. (30%)
- How the project addresses the “Guidelines for Successful Local Bicentennial Programs”. (15%)
- How the project addresses the “Four Themes” associated with Bicentennial projects. (15%)
- How the project addresses “Six Core Outcomes” for Bicentennial related projects. (15%
- Appropriateness of project budget and matching funds. (15%)
- Quality of the application. (10%)
Applications are reviewed by a panel consisting of representatives from the Maine Cultural Affairs Council, the Maine Department of Education, and the Bicentennial Commission. The review process and delivery of funds may take up to six months. This means that grant funds may be used to reimburse costs which have been incurred for the project after the grant deadline but prior to funds being disbursed.
All awardees will be required to upload a photo of their activity to the Bicentennial Facebook Page, use the Bicentennial Logo in their promotional materials, and complete a Final Report summarizing how funds were expended.
More information about this grant can be found on the official Bicentennial website https://www.maine200.org/ or by contacting Kerstin at the Maine Arts Commission at firstname.lastname@example.orgK (207-287-6719).
For questions regarding the Maine Bicentennial Commission (Maine200): Please contact Alyssa Wood at gro.002eniaM@dooW.assylA or 207-441-2713.
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