Delegation supports grants for Museum L-A


U.S. Sens. Angus King, I-Maine, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, have given their support for two federal grants of $200,000 each for Museum L-A.

One grant would be from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports learning experiences that deliver high-quality, accessible and audience-focused programs and services for lifelong learning. The museum is expected to learn in September whether it has won grant money.

In supporting the grants, Michaud and King wrote that over a relatively short time, Museum L-A has become an important part of the fabric of Lewiston-Auburn, that the museum’s programs and outreach contributes to the local and state economies.

Museum L-A has had a significant impact on civic pride and sense of place, and its mission aligns local efforts for a creative economy and a livable community and celebrates Lewiston-Auburn’s rich heritage and history, they wrote.

While hopeful, museum Director Rachel Desgrosseilliers cautioned Tuesday that the grants are competitive and tough to get.