The Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded 17 grants that total $76,829 to support professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater.

Area grant recipients include:

• Everyman Repertory Theatre, Rockport, to present the 2021 season of plays that celebrate the arts in Maine and the state's history

• Marsh River Theater, Brooks, for new lights

• Midcoast Actors Studio, Belfast, to provide quality year-round theatre opportunities in the new performance space at the former Waldo County Courthouse

• Waldo Theatre Inc., Waldoboro, to purchase and install essential flame-retardant stage masking curtains and the required stage rigging

An anonymous couple who recognized the connection between vibrant communities and support for the arts established the Maine Theater Fund in 2005 to strengthen and sustain theater performance throughout the state.

Awards are typically between $2,500 and $5,000. The next deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2021. Guidelines, application and a list of recent grants are available at mainecf.org.

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Rockport, 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.