The Good Idea Grant program fosters the growth of Maine’s artists by supporting the creation of new work or professional development. Any "good idea" that furthers an individual artist's creative growth is eligible for the grant.
Three additional awards will be available in Hancock or Washington County in 2012-2013 to fund artists working in any of the contemporary or studio functional craft media. These extra awards have been made possible through a partnership with the Maine Community Foundation (http://mainecf.org/), which is funded by the generous support of the Belvedere Fund.
All other Good Idea Grant eligibility and application process requirements apply.
- Deadline: June 21, 2013
- Maximum grant amount: $1,500
- Project must take place between: September 12, 2013 and September 11, 2014
- Funding will be made available after: September 12, 2013
- Deadline: October 4, 2013
- Maximum grant amount: $1,500
- Project must take place between: December 19, 2013 and Decmber 20, 2014
- Funding will be made available after: December 19, 2013
A profession Maine artist is eligible to apply if s/he has a valid Maine address and has resided full-time in Maine for a minimum of two years at the date of application, is 18 years of age or older at the time of the application, and is not enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and the application is not a required part of their course of study.
All applicants must have completed and filed all final reports required for previous Maine Arts Commission grants.
Applications are reviewed by a committee of public members who are selected for their expertise in specific artistic fields. The committee will be chaired by a member of the Maine Arts Commission.
Grant recommendations will be presented at the next regularly scheduled meeting of either the Maine Arts Commission or its executive committee. 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.
Grant proposals are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:
- Artistic excellence.
- Evidence that the idea will advance the artistic growth of the applicant.
- Ability to use the funds appropriately.
Examples of Succesful Grants
Kyle Bryant: This grant supported the Monster House Project.
Tavia Gilbert: This grant supported the Let Me Stand Alone audiobook production.
Required Application Materials
Please review the following required materials carefully in preparing your application materials. 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.
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 Narrative (form below) Clear, specific responses to each of the questions, addressed sequentially and numbered. Responses cannot exceed five pages. The project description is the central element of the grant request.
4. Resume(s) Up to three for key staff members involved with the organization. Artists to be employed by the project may be included as well.
5. Vendor Form (form below) To be provided by a first time applicant, or those whose 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.
Mail or fax (207/287-2725) the assurances and vendor forms (if required) to the Maine Arts Commission, 193 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04333-0025.
Art Work Sample Submission Guidelines
There are up to ten opportunities to submit work samples with your application, although not every application will ask for ten samples. Work samples are a crucial aspect of your application and it is essential that they are of professional quality and appropriate representations of your current abilities.
Naming of all files should use the following convention: last name_title_year of work (Eg: Doe_Untitled_2010.jpg). There is a maximum of 72 characters file name limit and the name should NOT contain spaces or characters other than letters, numbers, underscores and hyphens.
A Description of Work Samples must be included to provide an additional reference for the submissions. Information on this document should list the work and include artist name, title, medium, size (if applicable), year of creation, and any other (brief) information that will better inform the reviewers about the artwork.
For Individual Artist Fellowship applications only: The review process is anonymous therefore there should be no evidence of your name anywhere on your actual samples. You are asked to submit a work sample description with your name that only staff will see during the review
Represented work must be current; preferably within the past three years
FORMAT REQUIREMENTS FOR WORK SAMPLES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Preferred format PDF, but WORD documents will also be accepted. Literary samples should be examples of an artists literary creation(s), submitted in the way that corresponds to the application. Manuscripts should include works of prose or up to five poems. Script and playwriting applicants should include one act or scene. Manuscripts in all genres must not exceed 20 pages. Selections from a longer script or work of prose may be accompanied by a synopsis of the complete work. All materials must be legible in 12-point or larger type and double spaced.
Preferred format JPEG, but PDF images will also be accepted.Optimal image size is 1920 pixels on the longest side (to accommodate HD viewing) at a resolution of 96 dpi and a file size under 5mb. Images can be a digital photograph or a digital scan.
AudioPreferred format MP3, but WAV or AIFF files will also be accepted.Optimal audio submissions should be an audio file under five minutes in length in a file size under 10mb. If the audio file is longer than five minutes listening points should be indicated on the explanatory document about how to listen to the work sample(s). Links to audio files that are housed online can count as audio submissions.
Preferred Format MPEG-4, but MOV and AVI files will be accepted.It is preferred that time-based works submit at least one video work sample. Optimal video submissions should be a video or video clip under five minutes in length in a file size under 20mb. If the video file is longer than five minutes viewing points should be indicated on the explanatory document about the work samples. Links to a video URL that is housed on a hosting site such as Youtube, Vimeo, or the artist’s website can count as a video submission.
If you are unable to upload your materials or you wish to submit files that are copy-protected you may submit the work samples on a CD or DVD. If you do this you must send six copies of the material. Please write the appropriate information to identify the application on the disc itself (not on the case).
Website URL address in a PDF, but WORD documents will also be accepted.If the artist has their materials in an online resume or some other networked means of exhibition they can direct reviewers to the material by providing a URL. The URL should link to a specific page containing the work sample. An applicant should not assume the reviewers will navigate into the site if directed to the home page. The applicant may suggest preferred web browsers for optimal viewing of submitted materials in the explanatory document about the work samples.
The Maine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs. The material will be used in a promotional manner only and will not be used for commercial purposes.
We recommend that contributors consider licensing their media files under a Creative Commons Attribution/Non-Commercial/Share-Alike license.
Each applicant must speak with Kerstin Gilg, Media and Performing Arts Director, at 207/287-6719 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or TTY/NexTalk 877/887-3878, about the project before submitting an application. Failure to do so will disqualify the application.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to apply through the Maine Arts Commission e-GRANT system. E-GRANT will accept applications until 5:00 pm, E.S.T., however; agency staff is only available to answer questions until 5:00 pm, E.S.T. Because of the volume of e-GRANT 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, 877/887-3878 TTY/NexTalk User ID: kathy.shaw or email@example.com 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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