200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

ALABAMA 200 is pleased to announce the fall 2018 Alabama Bicentennial Commission community grants for qualifying communities. These funding opportunities are available to support activities, events and projects commemorating the state’s 200th anniversary.

Awards range between to $2,500 and $5,000 directed to the community and county level. Fall 2018 deadlines are Friday, September 28 and Friday, October 26.

All bicentennial grant applications should be submitted by or with the endorsement of the local bicentennial committee and the local municipality or county commission. If your area has not yet formed a committee, there is still time. A bicentennial committee can be composed of any willing citizens, including city or county government officials, chamber of commerce representatives, county commissioners, business owners, non-profit organizations and educators.

Though Alabama will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019, plans are already underway to make this anniversary something very special through local and statewide events and programs. The three-year commemoration, called ALABAMA 200, officially began in May 2017 with a launch in Mobile and integrates Alabama’s two years as a territory before declaring statehood in 1819. In 2018, the focus is on “Honoring Our People” and “Sharing Our Stories” in 2019, themes that serve as gateways for all Alabamians to join the commemoration. 

“We hope every community and all our counties participate in the commemoration,” said Jay Lamar, Executive Director of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime anniversary, and there is no better time to celebrate our people and places.”  

In addition to grant opportunities, ALABAMA 200 offers a calendar of events and an endorsement process. Committees, communities, schools and organizations can post information about their bicentennial-related events and request official endorsement for activities. Endorsement includes use of the ALABAMA 200 logos and other promotional materials.   

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