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CCED Grant



This program encourages cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community revitalization. This consortium grant will be delivered to one nonprofit cultural organization within a geographic community or region. 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.

  • Application Deadlines: Letter of Interest, March 25, 2015; Full application upon invitation, October 2, 2015
  • Maximum grant award: $75,000 over three years. $40,000 in year 1; $25,000 in year 2; $10,000 in year 3


About the Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED) Grant

Maine’s distinct quality of place is its primary economic asset. In addition to its spectacular lands, waters and coastlines, Maine’s picturesque towns and villages containing historic buildings, galleries and cultural venues contribute to the rich cultural heritage of Maine and its unique sense of place. The Maine Arts Commission is offering this major grant program to stimulate downtown development through the creative economy. The CCED grant is designed to support dialogue and partnerships between municipalities and the cultural sector regarding the economic development of their communities. CCED will provide the cultural sector with significant funds to contribute to mutually agreed upon plans and initiatives that stimulate the local economy, strengthen the role of arts and culture and enhance the community’s quality of place. Successful applications will come from communities that have vibrant cultural nonprofits. The communities themselves must be poised for growth and engaged in economic and community planning as well as development using other funding sources. They will include an active network of involved citizens including elected officials and business leaders in a comprehensive revitalization effort. The lead applicant organization is expected to plan and oversee project direction, management and implementation side by side with their project partners. It is anticipated that the CCED project will have a designated coordinator to communicate with the public, partners, artists and others involved with the project.  


Eligibility Requirements

A professional Maine cultural organization is eligible to apply if it:

  • Is a nonprofit organization, legally established in the state of Maine, and
  • Has tax exempt status 501(c)(3) from the Internal Revenue Service, and
  • Has filed all final reports required for previous Maine Arts Commission grants.

An applicant must demonstrate a fiscal structure that allows it to legally and responsibly utilize grant funds. The applicant must provide a minimum of a 1:1 cash and/or in-kind match. This demonstrates the applicant’s ability to take on the project. This match must be documented as part of the application package.

The applicant becomes legally accountable for complying with the above eligibility requirements upon submission of this request.

Consortiums are encouraged to have proven, significant partnerships with community development initiatives such as Main Street Maine, the Orton Foundation, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) or Land for Maine’s Future.


Review Process

Letters of interest and then full applications are reviewed by a panel consisting of the representatives from private foundations, economic development professionals and former CCED recipients. The committee will be chaired by a member of the Maine Arts Commission.

Grant recommendations will be presented at the next scheduled meeting of the Maine Arts Commission. The approval of the review process, making the grant official, takes place at that time. Notifications are sent to all applicants following that meeting.

The review process and delivery of funds may take up to four months. This means that grant funds may be used to reimburse costs incurred for the project after the grant has been approved. Please plan accordingly.


Review Criteria

  • Evidence of a high level of commitment from a wide cross-section of community leadership and community partners (cultural, governmental and business), with the willingness and flexibility to undertake this initiative. QUESTION 4 (20%)
  • Evidence of planning, implementation and evaluation of goals. This includes the development of a comprehensive project plan and a thorough evaluation strategy. QUESTIONS 1 & 2 (50%)
  • Evidence of a realistic financial match and the ability to sustain the project, including the coordinator position beyond the granting period. The applicant organization should be financially stable and have the resources to take on a project of this scope.  QUESTIONS 3 & 5 (30%)


Required Application Materials

Your application will consist of two steps. The first is the completion of the electronic application which will include contact information, budget materials and the narrative portion of your application. The second part of your application will be the upload of your application attachments.

Please review the following required materials carefully in preparing your application. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in disqualification of your application. Only complete applications will be accepted. Make copies of all application materials for your records prior to submitting them

Resume(s).  For key staff members involved with the organization. Artists to be employed by the project may be included as well. The coordinator of the project is required.

Letters of Support(s). From individuals or representatives of organizations who can speak to their anticipated benefit from the project. (up to three).

Financial Documents. Organizations with an annual income of $5,000-$499,999 must include its most currently completed 990. Organizations with an annual income of over $500,000 must include its most recently completed organizational financial audit.

Organizational Budgets for current year and last two most recently completed fiscal years.


How to Apply

The CCED application a letter of interest and if invited a full application; both require a conversation with Julie Richard, Executive Directior at 207/287-2710 or The letter of interest is submitted via email whereas the full application, which may be submitted by invitation only, is submitted through the agency’s Grants Management System.

Letters of Interest

Applicants who have been invited to proceed must submit:

  • A letter indicating interest in submitting an application, with preliminary indications of how the money will be used and the relationship between the consortium and municipal government. (No more than 500 words.)
  • A letter of support from municipal government.
  • Financial Documents. Organizations with an annual income of $5,000-$499,999 must include its most currently completed 990. Organizations with an annual income of over $500,000 must include its most recently completed organizational financial audit.

 Please submit by email to by 5:00 pm, E.S.T on the date of the deadline.

The review panel will select a pool of potential applicants from the letters submitted, and site visits will be scheduled during the that summer. During this period, the Maine Arts Commission will also offer application assistance. 

Full Application

Applicants who have been invited to submit a full application are required to apply through the Maine Arts Commission Grants Managment System. An electronic application will be accepted until 5:00 pm on the date of the application deadline. Because of the volume of electronic submissions on the day of any grant deadline, we strongly recommend you give yourself a 24-hour buffer.

Applicants who are unable to apply through he Maine Arts Commission Grants Managment System must contact Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibibility at 207/287-2750 or to discuss an alternative prior to applying. Alternative submissions will not be accepted without prior authorization.

The agency will not accept late or incomplete applications under any circumstance.


Grant information is available in large print format by request. All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with disabilities. All programs funded by the Maine Arts Commission must also be accessible