Maine Arts Commission announces $145,000 in Bicentennial Community Grant awards

  • January 06, 2020

Maine Arts Commission announces $145,000 in Bicentennial Community Grant awards

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce the first round of Maine Bicentennial Community Grants to be awarded to organizations and municipalities across the state.

The Arts Commission administered the grant review process in partnership with the Maine Bicentennial Commission. Out of the 44 grant applications reviewed, the panel chose a total of 30 recipients: 21 large grants and nine small grants, at varying amounts. Among the projects awarded are theatrical productions, festivals, conferences, educational curriculum, art exhibits, lecture series and more, spanning several Maine counties.

“We are very pleased to begin awarding the Maine Bicentennial Community Grants,” said Sen. Bill Diamond, chairman of the Maine Bicentennial Commission. “The wide variety of proposals that received funding in this first round speaks to the excitement and creativity of people across the state who are stepping up to commemorate Maine’s 200 anniversary. These grants will make it possible for all Mainers to connect with the bicentennial in their own communities, making this a truly statewide celebration of Maine.”

The Maine Legislature appropriated funding to the Maine Bicentennial Commission, which will be supplemented by matching funds from private corporations and individuals. The initial round of funding is for $375,000, of which $145,255 has been allotted in this first round. Up to 10 percent of the funds are set aside for small grants of $500 or less, and at least one grant of up to $10,000 will be available in each county.

Two additional phases of grant awards are scheduled during the bicentennial commemoration. The application deadlines are:

  • February 1, 2020 
  • June 1, 2020 

The Bicentennial Community Grants program provides funding for bicentennial-themed projects that benefit the public, such as festivals, historic preservation efforts, lectures and curriculum. The commission considers grant applications from Maine community non-profit organizations, such as historical societies and libraries, government entities, and schools. Private individuals and for-profit corporations are also welcome to apply in partnership with a non-profit entity.

Details of the Bicentennial Community Grants program and a link to the application form are available on the Maine Arts Commission website, listed under the “Funding” section.


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