Pioneer Prize 2021 Schedule Announced

Pioneer Prize 2021, a Blue Hill Community Development-sponsored project, is well underway, with several Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle students already entered.

Prize sponsors are holding several group sessions (socially distanced, of course) to share insights on design and coding techniques, and local mentors with technical skills are offered to each entrant/team.

The deadline for submissions is May 25, 2021, and it is anticipated that the winners will be announced on June 10, 2021.

Good luck to all of the entrants!

Read more about the Pioneer Prize competition.

Maine Arts Commission Grant to Word

The Maine Arts Commission has awarded Word, a BHCD-sponsored project, a $2,350 grant to support Word’s activities. The Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Word has an excellent track record of identifying, and successfully applying for, grants and awards to support its festival and other programs.

Congratulations again, Word volunteers!

“Word” Grant Awarded

Word, the Blue Hill literary festival fiscally sponsored by BHCD, has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Charles T. & Marion M. Thompson Foundation.

Word’s worthy efforts, which include an annual literary festival and several other events at other times of the year, have been recognized and supported by several grantors over the years.

Congratulations to the Word volunteers on continued festival success!

South Street Project Team Requests Donations

The effort to obtain a Federal grant under the state’s “Bicycle and Pedestrian Program” to make South Street more walkable and bikeable continues to move ahead.

One aspect of the approval process was that the project team indicated that they would make an effort to offset the cost of the Town’s matching funds (20%) with private donations.

A letter and connectivity map was mailed this week to all Blue Hill residents making the case for individual donations. Although the letter did not specify a deadline, the plan is to provide all donated funds to the Town in early 2020.

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