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CCED Phase I: Cultural Plan Grant

PDF—How to Apply


Application Deadline: Spring, 2017

Maximum Award: $10,000

The Cultural Plan Grant is the required Phase I of the larger Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED) Phase II Implementation Grant or an opportunity for an organization wishing to create an independent Cultural Plan. CCED is a major grant program that encourages cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community cultural development that stimulates downtown development.

The communities themselves must be poised for growth and engaged in economic and community planning as well as development using other funding sources. 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.

There is a 1:1 required in-kind or cash match for the grant. 

The funding cycle for this program is July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.




Your organization is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • Is a nonprofit organization, legally established in the state of Maine.
  • Has a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission awards received.


Applicants must speak with Julie Richard, Executive Director, two or more weeks prior to the application deadline. She can be reached at or 207-287-2710. 



CCED Phase I: Cultural Plan applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  • Evidence of a high level of commitment of a cross-section of community partners.
  • Identification of a professional planning consultant to work with the applicant and community during this process.
  • Evidence of a sound planning process which includes research, strong steering committee representation, a detailed timeline and a comprehensive work plan.

The complete planning process is expected to take 12–18 months.



(All character counts include spaces. 4,400 characters/page.)

  1. Describe your organization. Include its mission and provide a brief description. (2,300 characters max.)
  2. Who are your community partners and what their role is in the planning effort. (2,300 characters max.)
  3. Who is your planning consultant? Outline the consultant's past successful cultural planning efforts. (1,500 characters max.)
  4. What type of research will be conducted? Include both qualitative and quantitative processes, populations surveyed and methodologies used. (3,450 characters max.)




A complete application package for the CCED: Cultural Plan Grant contains:


  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts
  • Completed project budget
  • Financial Documents. An organization with an annual income of $50,000-$499,999 must include its most currently completed Form 990. An organization with an annual income of $500,000 and over must include its most recently completed organizational financial audit.
  • Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key personnel
  • List of committee members, including individual affiliations
  • Consultant’s proposal including work plan and timeline



  • Completed vendor form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in your application
  • Completed and signed assurances form


For additional information about artist samples, click here.

Maine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the non-commercial promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs. 



Grant awards may not be re-granted nor used to cover the costs of brick-and-mortar projects, permanent or capital equipment, operating support or fundraising. 



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.



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.


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.


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.


Help with various topics is available HERE. 



You are welcome to contact agency staff to discuss your ideas at any time prior to the application deadline. You may also request an informal consultation about your completed application narrative two weeks or more prior to the application deadline.

General questions about the application or review process may be directed to Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, at or 207-287-2750.
Specific questions about your application should be directed to Julie Richard, Executive Director, at or 207-287-2710.


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.