Attention, Maine entrepreneurs, don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity.
$375,000 in grants will be available for Maine’s bicentennial as 2020 approaches. Nonprofits, as well as for-profit businesses partnering with a nonprofit, are welcome to apply. Are you eligible, and how can you apply? We’ll tell you!
Gov. Janet Mills has announced that as part of celebrating Maine turning 200 years old, support will be given to communities who are highlighting Maine’s history. Bicentennial-themed projects that benefit the public will be considered to receive a grant. At least one grant of up to $10,000 will be available in each of Maine’s 16 counties. There are three separate deadlines, but don’t delay. The first round will close Sept. 1, 2019. If you miss that, the second-round deadline is Feb. 1, 2020, and the third-round deadline is June 1, 2020.
There really are so many ways to get the buzz going about your own venture while promoting our great state. Market your business while you celebrate Maine and, in the spirit of what Gov. Mills is proposing, reconnect us with our heritage. Our rich history includes self-reliance and innovation, and it can be inspiring to everyone who is living and working here today to stay, start a business, get involved, and put down roots.
The committee recommends that ideal candidates will use the grant money for lectures, plays or performances that tell the story of Maine. How can you tie that into what you do? As a Maine entrepreneur, you can probably find a connection to some plot point in Maine’s lore, and use it to introduce yourself. You could also put on a parade, throw a festival, or host an exhibit that showcases the state. Think about what educational opportunities you would love to see in your community, and make them happen. Read more here about what is required.
Grants are an excellent idea for small businesses with nonprofit aspirations. Putting together a budget and a business plan as an entrepreneur means looking down every avenue for funds – both traditional and outside-the-box thinking required.
Greenlight Maine is steeped in our history and poised to support the future of Maine’s people. We are excited to see what happens when entrepreneurs connect with Maine’s past to improve life in our state here and now.