St. John Valley

Heritage Council calls for grant applications

MADAWASKA, Maine — Maine Acadian Heritage Council is beginning its annual grant process. This year the Council will distribute over $52,000 of its funds received from the National Park Service in the form of grants to its participating  members, St. John Valley teachers, non-profit organizations, and individuals.

There are four different grants  available. This year there is no minimum award limit for each of the grant areas.

 The Heritage Trail Guide Grant is earmarked for St. John Valley member museums and historical  sites. This grant supports hiring, training, and retaining personnel at local museums and historical sites.  At these sites, hired personnel will be available to welcome visitors, bus tours, and school groups  throughout the summer months. 

The Preservation Grant was developed to help historic sites and member societies in the St. John  Valley. This award is specifically to help historical societies preserve and repair historic buildings, artifacts  and documents. This is a 50-50 matching grant which means that the historical societies have to provide 50% of the value of the project submitted. The 50% match can be money, donated materials, and in-kind  work. 

The Acadian Heritage Speakers and Performers Grant is intended to support local festivals,  organizations, or individuals hoping to invite Acadian musicians, scholars, and performers to the St. John  Valley. In seeking to “advance and maintain the cause of Acadian life, culture, history, and art in the state  of Maine,” MAHC has developed a program to support local speakers and performances at festivals and  other venues in the St. John Valley. This grant is specifically for experts in Acadian/St. John Valley history,  culture, music, and traditional arts, to be performed at public events in the St. John Valley. 

The Education Resource Development Grant: This grant supports projects that teach Acadian  heritage, language, and culture to residents of the St. John Valley. These grants will help bring Acadian  culture, history, language, and art to the classroom or other public areas, while fostering stewardship which  will, in turn, preserve this unique heritage. Proposals will explore Maine Acadian themes such as traditional  Acadian folklore, cuisine, language, music, dance, ethnography, history, material culture, architecture, and  historic and cultural landscapes. 

  Once the applications have been deemed complete, appointed committees will evaluate the  application for eligibility and rank them for funding in accordance with the following criteria: application  completeness, administrative capability, community support, and project narrative, in addition to information  specific to each type of grant requested. A general accounting of spending is requested once the grant  funds have been used. The Council also requires that any publicity for the tourist activities at the site of  the grant recipients will name the Maine Acadian Heritage Council as a financial supporter of the activities. 

  The Council reserves the right to adjust the amount of each respective award depending on the  availability of funds and feasibility of funding certain projects at less than the amount requested. 

A public  announcement of the awarded grants is made at the Council’s annual dinner and meeting. This year’s  annual dinner will be held May 17th at the Lakeview Restaurant. 

Applications can be obtained by emailing maineacadianheritage@gmail.com or by  calling 728-6826. Deadline to return your completed application is February 22, 2021.

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