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Bangor Cultural Assistance COVID-19 Relief Grants

In June 2020, Bangor City Council authorized $15,000 for the Commission on Cultural Development to make available emergency grants funds to arts and culture institutions in light of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on these vital organizations. Unlike the biannual grants offered for project-based work, the relief grants are intended to provide much-needed operational support to arts and culture organizations that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maximum awards of $1,000 will be given to organizations with an annual operating budget under $500,000, and $2,000 for organizations with an annual operating budget over $500,000. Funds can be awarded for up to two months of normal operating expenses during March, April, May, and June 2020, including rent, payroll, utilities, etc.

Organizations are not excluded if they received other funds, such as PPP, but cannot use grant funds for operations covered by other funding. If there is more demand than the program can fund, a randomizer will be used to allocate available funds.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, July 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Please email completed applications to

Applications will be reviewed by August 7, 2020, and applicants will be notified if their application is being recommended for funding by August 14, 2020.

Download the Bangor Cultural Assistance COVID-19 Relief Grant Application HERE

Cultural Asset Survey Map

You can view the results of the Commission on Cultural Development's Cultural Asset Survey here as an interactive map. This includes cultural landmarks, buildings, artwork, and more.

Bangor: A Culture of Places StoryMap

The Commission on Cultural Development turned its cultural asset survey into an interactive online StoryMap. View Bangor: A Culture of Places here. 


The City of Bangor Commission on Cultural Development supports art and culture in Bangor, Maine through funding, marketing, advocacy, and education to benefit citizens, visitors, and the economic and cultural vitality of the city.

The Commission has authorization to assess Bangor’s cultural needs, develop and maintain a comprehensive arts and cultural policy, review grant applications and public art requests, and work with the community to identify and encourage opportunities for the incubation of promising arts and cultural enterprises.

The Commission on Cultural Development accepts grant applications from non-profit arts and cultural organizations twice per year (May 1st and November 1st). Only 501(c)3 organizations are eligible to apply for grants. Please review the grant applications below for more details:

Download the Commission on Cultural Development Grant Application PDF

If you are an artist, or have a project that does not have a non-profit designation, please consider reaching out to any one of the many arts organizations in the City to see if they would be willing to serve as a fiscal sponsor for your project.

Arts & Economic Prosperity V Study

The City of Bangor participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity V study in fiscal year 2015, which measures the economic impact of non-profit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences. See the study results here.



Name Term Expires
Bragg, Jane 2021
Berube, Christina 2023
Smith, Kevin 2021
Donovan, Mary 2022
Dyer, Edythe 2022
Filipiak, Aubrae 2021
Greenlaw, Tristan 2022
McDade, Barbara 2023
Roeder, Amy 2021
Stockwell, Lovern 2021
McGill, Margaret 2023
Okafor, Angela Councilor
 Lundy, Betsy City Staff

Watch Commission on Cultural Development monthly meetings online here.


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