Editor’s Note: This is part of a series recognizing each of the 50 states by providing state-specific grants for each. These articles follow the National Day Calendar Year. The calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day. National Maine Day is celebrated on December 21st, And Maine was the 23rd state to join the union.
So, in honor of National Maine Day, GrantWatch is sharing some of its favorite grants below that are specifically for the state.
Maine may be most famous for its lobsters and fishery, but the state has much more to offer. As the largest of the six New England states, it is 30,843 square miles and has a coastline of 228 miles. The state actually used to be part of Massachusetts at one time until it became its own state. In addition, the state’s nickname is the Pine Tree State since 89 percent of the state’s land area is made up of forests.
Along with these interesting facts about Maine for National Maine Day, here are a few other facts you might not know about the state.
10 Fun Facts about the Pine Tree State
- Firstly, 90 percent of the United State’s lobster comes from the state.
- The official state animal is the moose and it has the largest population of them in the country
- In addition, sweet lovers can rejoice, because donught holes were actually invented in the state.
- Maine is the second coldest state in the U.S. during spring.
- Its highest mountain is Mount Katahdin at 5,269 feet
- Novelist Stephen King is from Maine and most of his books take place there.
- The state insect is also a honeybee.
- Additionally, the state has more than 40,000 acres of wild blueberries.
- Two U.S. vice presidents, Hannibal Hamlin and Nelson Rockefeller, are both from there.
- Lastly, it is the only state name that’s one syllable.
Five Maine-Specific Grants for National Maine Day
- Firstly, there are grants of up to $10,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations for programs or operating support that impact the community in eligible locations. Funding is for the focus areas of environment and conservation, early childhood and youth programming, and arts and culture.
- There are also grants of up to $5,000 to Maine nonprofit theaters and theater groups to support and strengthen local entertainment. Funding is to support performances and plays in community and professional theaters throughout the state. Eligible uses of funds are programmatic, capacity-building, operating, and capital support.
- In addition, there is funding for Maine arts and cultural nonprofits, medical groups, and educational institutions for programs in the areas of arts and culture, medical care, and education. Applications should come from Southern Maine, while secondary priority will go to applications from other parts of the State.
- There is also funding of up to $50,000 to Maine municipalities, nonprofits, and school systems for projects that benefit local communities. Funding is to support projects that address environmental and social needs.
- Finally, there are grants available to Maine nonprofits in eligible areas for financial education and community development.
GrantWatch has an entire website dedicated exclusively to grants for Maine. You can also find grants for all the other 49 states, as well as the territories and some international regions on the site by using the search bar and changing the geographic focus option to match.
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