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Applications will again be accepted in the Spring of 2016. Deadlines will be posted shortly.  

BEFORE YOU APPLY:

It's a good idea to take a few minutes and review the Application Process Help document in the sidebar menu on the left. It provides some guidance and recommendations about submitting your application in the GMS. The other documents also provide useful information about applying for funding.

In order to use the GMS and create your application, you must have a user account (username and password) on the Maine Arts Commission website. This is not the same account that you have used with the previous eGRANT system.

ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT?

To begin your application, click HERE and enter your Maine Arts Commission username and password. After you have logged in, select the 'Read More' link at the bottom of the funding opportunity you are interested in and follow the prompts to enter your application information. Be sure to click the ‘Save and Next’ button before moving on to the next part of the application.

 

DON’T HAVE AN ACCOUNT?

There’s no charge to set one up and it only takes a few minutes. At the login screen, click ‘New User?’ in the lower right corner and then key in the information as indicated. Click HERE to reach the login screen.

 

FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD?

If you know your username but have forgotten your password, click the ‘Forgot Password’ link at the bottom middle of the login screen. Click HERE to reach the login screen.

 

OTHER ACCOUNT QUESTIONS?

Help with various topics is available HERE. 

 

Some Internet Explorer users have experienced problems during the application process. Because of this, we recommend that you use the Firefox or Chrome web browser to access the GMS and submit your application. 

 

Grant Guidelines

Arts and Humanities

Application Deadline: November 13, 2015; March18, 2016
Maximum grant amount $1,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
Program Guidelines

This grant, jointly administered by the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council, funds projects that include elements of both the arts and humanities.

 

Arts Learning

Application Deadline: Spring 2016
Maximum grant award: $5,000 (with a required 50% match)
Program Guidelines
This grant supports schools, arts organizations/institutions and community based teaching artists as they collaborate on the design and delivery of high quality arts learning experiences for K-12 students.
 

Creative Communities = Economic Development

PHASE I

Application Deadlines: Spring 2016Maximum grant award: $10,000 (with a required 1:1 match) Program Guidelines
This grant will award successful community applicants a $10,000 grant to develop a Cultural Plan.
 
PHASE II
Application Deadlines: Letter of Intent. April 13, 2015; Full application upon invitation, October 2, 2015
Maximum grant award: $75,000 ($40,000 for year I, $25,000 in year 2, $10,000 in year 3)  (with a required 1:1 match)
Program Guidelines

This grant supports partnerships between cultural, economic and governmental sectors effect community revitalization. Applications will be considered from communities/regions with a strong commitment to inter-sector collaboration that seeks to strengthen the cultural assets of their community.

  

Maine Artist Fellowship

Application Deadline: Spring 2016
Disciplines include: craft, literary, performing, multimedia/film, visual, and the Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship (available only to artists in Washington or Hancock County): 
Grant award: $5,000
Program Guidelines

The Maine Artist Fellowships are given annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are primarily informed by an applicant’s prior work. No match is required.  

 

Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund

Application Deadline: Spring 2016
Maximum grant award: $2,000
Program Guidelines

The Jane Morrison Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities that develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards.

 

Organizational Development Grant

Application Deadline: Spring 2016 Maximum Award: $5,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
Program Guidelines

This grant provides funding for arts and cultural organizations to support capacity-building projects for organizations throughout Maine. Grant funds can help organizations address issues that include positioning of the organization, board and staff development, planning, financial management, and marketing. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

 

Partnership Grant

Application Deadline: Spring 2016
Maximum grant award $2000 to $25,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
Program Guidelines
This grant provides funding for arts and cultural organizations to enter into partnership with the Maine Arts Commission. Funds are unrestricted and will go to building  the state’s cultural infrastructure. 

 

Project Grant for Artists

Application Deadline: Spring 2016
Maximum grant award $2,500
Program Guidelines

The Project Grant for Artists is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist artists with the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. There is no matching funding requirement for this award.

 

Project Grant for Organizations

Application Deadline: Spring 2016
Maximum grant award $5,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
Program Guidelines

The Project Grant for Organizations is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist organizations with the production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work, and the continuation of successful arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. 

 

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

Application Deadline: Spring 2016
Maximum grant amount: $4,000
Program Guidelines

The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship provides fiscal support for a master traditional artist to share his or her skills with a qualified apprentice. The master artist and apprentice submit one joint application. The funds support the pair as they work together in one-on-one instructional sessions. The master provides instruction about the traditional art and allows the apprentice to learn through observation, example, practice, and collaboration. 

 

Traditional Arts Fellowship

Application Deadline: Spring 2016
Maximum grant amount: $5,000
Email Kathy Ann Shaw for Program Guidelines 
Maine Artist Fellowships are given annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are primarily informed by the applicant’s work.  
 
If you have general questions about grant applications or the review process, 
please contact Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility,
207/287-2750, kathy.shaw@maine.gov
 

Maine Arts Commission Grant News

We've completed our annual cycle with our new grant offerings. Review of the applications took place in June and awards were approved at the end of July for Arts Learning, Partnership, Project Grants for Artists, and Project Grants for Organizations, Organizational Development and CCED Cultural Plan.