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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 organizations 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, February 21, 2014; Full application upon invitation, October 4, 2014 
    Maximum grant award $75,000 over three years. $40,000 in year 1; $25,000 in year 2; $10,000 in year 3
  • Applicants must show a cash or in-kind match for each year


About the 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

An applicant meets the requirements of this grant program if they:

  • are a nonprofit organization, legally established in the State of Maine
  • have tax exempt status 501(c)(3) from the Internal Revenue Service
  • are working with a consortium of organizations that includes at least one, and preferably a group, of arts and culture organizations.

All applicants must have completed and filed all final reports required for previous Maine Arts Commission grants.An applicant must demonstrate a fiscal structure that allows them to legally and responsibly utilize grant funds. The applicant must provide a minimum of 1:1 cash 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 to the executive committee or the full Maine Arts Commission, at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The approval of the review process, making the grant official, takes place at that time.

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%)


Application Narrative

Provide clear, specific responses, addressed sequentially and numbered. The project description is the central element of the grant request. Responses cannot exceed seven pages total. Please do not use type fonts below 12 point. You may type directly into this form which will expand as you write.

  1. Briefly describe your mission, organizational history, demographics and audience.
  2. Describe the project. Include a project plan that outlines your market; an analysis of key opportunities and threats; your competition; your strategic goals and objectives; your performance indicators (evaluation strategies and projected outcomes); and the risk associated with this project and how you will mitigate that.
  3. What financial and in-kind contributions can your community offer to support the project over a period of three years?  How will this project or program be sustained after the grant period has ended? Explain your financial history and financial readiness for this project.
  4. Describe the commitment of community leaders and partners to the project. Indicate which partners will provide leadership for the project and what their roles and responsibilities will be.
  5. Who will coordinate the project? (Please attach a resume) If part of the grant will go to hire a project manager, what qualifications will you look for and what responsibilities will you assign to them?
  6. Are there any other key facts or circumstances you would like for us to know?


Examples of Successful Grants

Waterville Main Street This grant supported Waterville's Converge & Create brand through asset based marketing, incentives for artist and creative business attraction and new cooperative programming.

Waterfall Arts This grant supported the Belfast Creative Coalition: bringing together arts, cultural partners, economic partners to unite, brand and market the greater Belfast community as a vibrant arts, cultural and local foods destination.


Required Application Materials

To be submitted through eGRANT:

The preferred format for text files is .pdf, but .doc or .rtf files will be allowed. No other format will be accepted. Failure to save a document correctly may limit its ability to be uploaded through eGRANT and jeopardize the application. Instructions for submitting artistic work samples, if required, can be found below.

  1. eGRANT Application  Applicants are required to upload all supporting documents through eGRANT.
  2. Application Project Budget Form and Detail (form below)  No substitutions for the budget form are allowed (Organizations must provide evidence of 1:1 cash or in-kind match.).
  3. Application Narrative (form below)  Clear, specific responses to each of the questions, addressed sequentially and numbered. Responses can not exceed 5000 words. The project description is the central element of the grant request.
  4. Resume(s)  For key staff members involved with the organization. Artists to be employed by the project may be included as well.
  5. Letters of Support  from individuals or representatives of organizations who can speak to their anticipated benefit from the project. (up to three).
  6. Financial Statement including balance sheet or 990 for the most recently completed fiscal year. An audit is preferred.
  7. Organizational Budgets for current year and last two most recently completed fiscal years. (Please upload with Financial Statement.)
  8. Vendor Form (form below)  To be provided by a first time applicant or those who’s contact information has changed. This is information used by the Treasury to generate a check if the grant is awarded. Applicants should be sure to indicate the address the check should be sent to.
  9. Assurances Form for Organizations only (form below)  Form must include the original signature of an authorizing official. Please mark with name of applicant.

Mail or fax (207/287-2725) financial, assurances and vendor forms to the Maine Arts Commission, 193 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04333-0025. 


Each applicant must speak with Julie Richard, Executive Director at 207/287-2710, or TTY 877/887-3878, about the project concept before submitting a letter of interest. Failure to do so will disqualify the application.


How to Apply

The CCED application consists of two steps the letter of interest and full application; both require a conversation with Julie Richard as outlined above. 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 eGRANT 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.


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 summer of 2013. 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 eGRANT system. An eGRANT application will be accepted until 5:00 pm on the date of the application deadline. Because of the volume of eGRANT 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 e-GRANT must contact Kathy Ann Shaw at 207/287-2750, TTY 877/887-3878 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 

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eGRANT Access and Application Forms

Narrative Form

Vendor Form(PDF) and instructions(PDF)

Assurances (PDF)

Budget Form

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