Bicentennial Project Grant - Small
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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:

Deadline:    February 1, 2020
                               June 1, 2020
Maximum Award: $500
Required Match: None
Funding 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.

Core outcomes of project funding relating to the Maine Bicentennial commemoration include:

  1. Allowing citizens—especially our youngest ones—to come together to envision a successful and prosperous future for themselves and the state as a whole;
  2. 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;
  3. Have long-term value for imparting historical information, and creating conversations that strengthen individuals, communities and their connections;
  4. Spotlight artwork and products of our past, while showcasing and providing market access for the emerging next generation of artists, makers, and innovators;
  5. Enhance and broaden community leadership to drive commemorations at a local level; and
  6. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.
  • Applicant has not previously received a Bicentennial Project Grant.

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. 

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.

Application Requirements

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)

Uploads - Up to a total of 10 pieces of support materials uploaded through the Grants Portal

  • Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key participants (REQUIRED)
  • A copy of IRS 501(c3) determination letter (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 

Application Questions (to be completed in the GMS) - (All character counts include spaces. 2,550 characters/page)

  1. Provide a brief history of your organization. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
  2. Provide a description of the project, including a timeline and the expected outcomes. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words)
  3. Provide an overview of the project budget and how the award will be applied within your project. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words)

Review Criteria

  1. Quality of the overall project and how it commemorates Maine’s Bicentennial. (70%)
  2. Appropriateness of project budget (30%)

Review Process

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

More information about this grant can be found on the official Bicentennial website or by contacting Kerstin at the Maine Arts Commission at vog.eniam@glig.nitsreK (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

Assistant Director, Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741