Portland Stage Co. and Mayo Street Arts, both located in Portland, are among the thirty applicants recently awarded the first round of Bicentennial Commission Grants according to a press release issued yesterday from the Bicentennial Commission.
Out of 44 applicants from organizations and municipalities across the state, the Commission chose a total of 30 grant recipients. Twenty-one large gants and nine small grants, of varying amounts were awarded. Among those are a Bicentennial Birthday Bash in Rockland and 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 Senator Bill Diamond, chairman of the Maine Bicentennial Commission. “The wide variety of proposals that received funding at this first round speaks to the excitement and creativity of people across the state who are stepping up to commemorate Maine’s 200th 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 Bicentennial Commission Grants program provides funding for bicentennial-themed projects that benefit the public, such as festivals, historic preservation efforts, lectures and curriculum.
The Maine Arts Commission is administrator of the grant program.