AUGUSTA — The Maine Bicentennial Commission has awarded its second round of Bicentennial Community Grants, disbursing a total of $432,290 among 133 applicants.
The grants support bicentennial festivals and projects throughout Maine, from educational events in Bowdoinham to a fiddle festival in Gorham and more.
“The interest for our second round of grants was incredible and far exceeded our expectations,” said Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Wiindham, chairman of the Maine Bicentennial Commission. “We are so pleased to see the excitement around Maine’s 200th anniversary of statehood.”
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 encourages 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 welcomed to apply in partnership with a non-profit entity.
The first round of grants, awarded in October, included 30 projects, at a total of $142,255. To date, the Bicentennial Commission has awarded $574,545 to assist more than 160 applicants, providing full or partial funding for both large and small projects in every county.
“While the current emergency situation requires postponing some bicentennial events, we are confident that these grant awards will enable continued planning and will soon serve to bring us all together in celebration when it is safer to do so,” said Diamond.
The Maine Arts Commission is administering the grant program on behalf of the Bicentennial Commission. The deadline to apply for the final phase of grant awards is June 1. For more information, visit www.Maine200.org under the “Get Involved” section.
Grants awarded to communites in the Turner Publishing circulation area, in alphabetical order by town and city are:
Augusta Literacy for ME
Augusta School Dept.
Kennebec Historical Society
Friends of the Maine State Museum
Maine Archeological Society
Maine Grange Associaition
High Peaks Creative Council
Maine Maritime Museum
Main Street Bath
Belgrade Historical Society & 7 Lakes Alliance
Town of Buckfield
Bowdoinham Historical Society
Bowdoinham Public library
Brunswick Public Library Association
Town of Brunswick
Hawthorne community Association
Denmark Arts Center
Sebago Elementary School
Fryeburg Public Library
Good Will Home Association in Hinckley
City of Gardiner
Town of Gorham
Town of Greendwood
Center for Painted Wall Preservation
Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center
Vaughn Woods & Historic Homestead
Merriconeag Grange 425
Hiram Historical Society
Ancient Ones of Maine
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library
Pineland Suzuki School
Town of Monmouth
Dr. Shaw Memorial Library
Town of Mount Vernon
Regional School Unit 18
Rangeley Lakes Historical Society
Readfield Historical Society
Regional School Unit 10
New England Music Camp
Maine School Administrative District 75
Topsham Public Library
Maine School Administrative District 53
PHOTO: Fort Western, in Augusta. (Maureen Milliken photo)