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Maine theaters receive $200,000 in grants

Oct 05, 2020
Basil Burwell Community Theater, home to Belfast Maskers.

Belfast — An anonymous Maine Community Foundation donor has provided $200,000 in general support grants to 20 community theaters across Maine to help sustain them during the pandemic shutdown.

“In addition to its emergency response to COVID-19, the Maine Community Foundation and its donors are working to build resiliency in Maine communities,” said MaineCF President and CEO Steve Rowe. “In this case, an anonymous donor has chosen to shine a spotlight on smaller community theaters and how they are a critical part of a community’s identity and creative spirit. We are grateful for the donor’s generosity and vision.”

Among the grant recipients is the Belfast Maskers. In response to the pandemic, the troupe has been offering small outdoor performances of one-acts and shorts this season. Belfast Maskers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more on upcoming events, and the renovations at the Basil Burwell Community Theater, check out or like them on

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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