BIDDEFORD — Organizations in Biddeford received a $50,000 community revitalization grant today from the Maine Arts Commission.

The City Theater, Engine, Heart of Biddeford and University of New England plan to use the money to promote economic development centered on the arts in downtown Biddeford.

Long-range goals include developing space for artists to work and live, establishing an arts district, increasing the area’s livability, attracting arts and tourism, and growing the tax base. The work will involve collaboration with city government.

“This grant is further validation that Biddeford – with its incredible geographic location, architecturally stunning Main Street, and millions of square feet of pristine mill space – is fertile ground to continue growing its creative community,” said Joshua Bodwell, co-founder of Engine. “We will move forward guided by our belief that commerce follows culture.”

Eastport also received a $50,000 grant, which it will use for the Tides Institute and Museum of Art.