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CCED Grant

 

This program encourages cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community cultural development. Beginning in 2015, applicants to the CCED grant program will be required to have completed a community or regional Cultural Plan. Because of this new requirement, the Maine Arts Commission has divided this program in to two phases. Phase I will award successful community applicants a $10,000 grant to develop a Cultural Plan. Phase II will award one successful applicant the $75,000 implementation grant over three years. 

 

PHASE I – Cultural Planning Grant

  • Application Deadline:  Spring 2016
  • Maximum Grant Award:  $10,000 (with a required 1:1 match) – a maximum of three of these grants will be awarded

 

PHASE II Full CCED Grant

Letters of Interest

  • Application Deadline:  Spring 2016

 

Full Application (Invitation Only)

  • Application Deadline:  Fall 2016
  • Maximum Grant Award:  $75,000 (with a required 1:1 match) 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 will be required to follow its recently developed Cultural Plan and it is anticipated that the CCED project will have a designated coordinator to communicate with the public, partners, artists and others involved in 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.

 

Review Process

PHASE I

Applications for this Phase are reviewed by a panel consisting of the representatives from private foundations, economic development professionals and former CCED recipients.

PHASE II

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. Finalists will be notified and a site visit will take place during the summer and prior to the full grant deadline.

Final award recommendations for both phases will be presented to the Maine Arts Commission to approve the process, making the grant official. 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

PHASE I

  • Evidence of a high level of commitment of a cross section of community partners. (1,750 characters)
  • Identification of a professional planning consultant to work with the community during this process. (1,750 characters)
  • Evidence of a strong planning process to include research, strong steering committee representation, timeline and workplan. (3,500 characters)

It is expected that the complete planning process could take 12 - 18 months.

PHASE II

  • 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%) (7,000 characters)
  • 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%) (3,500 characters)
  • 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%) (3,500 characters)

 

Required Application Materials

PHASE I

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.

Consultant Proposal. If working with consultants to assist in planning, include a copy of the proposal including their workplan and timeline.

Steering committee. Include affiliations.

Workplan with timeline. For completing the planning process.

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 $500,000 and over must include its most recently completed organizational financial audit.

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

PHASE II

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.

Cultural Plan. You must submit your completed Cultural Plan with your Letter of Interest.

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 $500,000 and over 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

PHASE I

All applicants are required to have a conversation with Julie Richard, Executive Director at 207/287-2710 or  julie.richard@maine.gov at least one-week prior to submitting the application. Applicants are required to apply through the Maine Arts Commission Grants Management 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.

SUBMITTING YOUR PHASE I APPLICATION

Applications are submitted via the agency’s Grants Management System (GMS). Some Internet Explorer users have experienced problems during the application process. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you use the Firefox or Chrome web browser to access the GMS and submit your application. 

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. 
 
 

PHASE II

The CCED application: a letter of interest and if invited a full application; both require a conversation with Julie Richard, Executive Director at 207/287-2710 or julie.richard@maine.gov. 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 $500,000 and over must include its most recently completed organizational financial audit.

 

Please submit by email to kathy.shaw@maine.gov by 5:00 pm, 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 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 Management System. An electronic application will be accepted until 5 p.m. 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.

The agency will not accept late applications under any circumstance.

SUBMITTING YOUR PHASE II APPLICATION

Applications are submitted via the agency’s Grants Management System (GMS). Some Internet Explorer users have experienced problems during the application process. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you use the Firefox or Chrome web browser to access the GMS and submit your application. 

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. 
 
 
 
 

     

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.