The Maine Office of Tourism has awarded more than $46,000 in the Fall 2018 cycle of Tourism Enterprise Grants. Among the recipients is the Farnsworth Art Museum of Rockland. MOT's Tourism Enterprise Grants are designed to fund smaller or focused tourism-marketing projects of permanent, nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to promote and expand tourism in Maine.

The Fall 2018 grant awards support a range of tourism marketing efforts. The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum received $9,250 in support of efforts to brand Rockland as a major art destination for travelers to Maine, with unique "Rockland — Art Capital of Maine" -branded activities and sites.

Other grant recipients are Visit Freeport, $8,250 to promote the Maine Pumpkin Trail in conjunction with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the trail's founding members, Maine Maritime Museum and Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta; Bates Dance Festival, $10,000 to support efforts to build cultural tourism in Lewiston/Auburn; Wesserunsett Arts Council, $3,877.50 to support the Somerset County Rural Cultural Plan; Abbe Museum, $10,000 to expand the reach of the Abbe Museum Indian Market; Northern Forest Center, $2,450 in partnership with the Moosehead Event Marketing Committee to coordinate and support 10 events that attract visitors to the Moosehead Lake region; and Main Street Bucksport, $2,500 to promote the fourth annual International Maritime Film Festival.

"The award recipients were selected based on the potential of the project to increase tourism in Maine beyond the immediate region, project sustainability and the organizations' ability to execute successfully," said MOT Grant Manager Hannah Collins.

The Spring 2019 Tourism Enterprise Grant cycle will open in April. Online application forms will be posted at at that time, with grant requests due by mid-May. For more information regarding MOT's marketing grants program, send email to

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or