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Maine Arts Commission Grant News

The Maine Arts Commission has spent over a year conducting a thorough evaluation of its grant programs. As a result the agency now unveils new offerings that match the needs of the field more closely. 

The entire process is simplified; there are fewer deadlines and fewer programs including partnership and project support for organizations, fellowships, apprenticeships and project support for artists, and professional development for both sectors. In addition, a new arts education program serves Maine's vital student community.


Arts and Humanities

Application Deadline: November 20, 2014
Maximum grant amount $1,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
Program Guidelines

This grant, jointly administered by the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council, funds projects that include elements of both the arts and humanities.


Arts Learning

Application Deadline: May 15, 2014

Maximum grant award: $5,000 (with a required 50% match)
Program Guidelines

This grant supports schools, arts organizations/institutions and community based teaching artists as they collaborate on the design and delivery of high quality arts learning experiences for K-12 students.


Creative Communities = Economic Development

Application Deadlines: Full application upon invitation, October 4, 2014 
Maximum grant award: $75,000 ($40,000 for year I, $25,000 in year 2, $10,000 in year 3)  (with a required 1:1 match)
Program Guidelines

This grant supports partnerships between cultural, economic and governmental sectors effect community revitalization. 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.


Individual Artist Fellowship

Application Deadline (for all disciplines: craft, literary, performing/media, traditional, visual): May 2, 2014 
Grant award: $5,000
Program Guidelines

This grant rewards artistic excellence, advances the careers of Maine artists and promotes public awareness regarding the eminence of the creative sector in Maine.


Jane Morrison Film Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 2, 2014
Maximum grant award: $2,000
Program Guidelines

This grant, offered through a partnership with the Maine Community Foundation and the Jane Morrison Film Fund, supports educational opportunities for filmmakers in the early stages of their career development. The Fund is designed to help filmmakers attain instructional guidance and skills.


Partnership Grant

Application Deadline: May 15, 2014
Maximum grant award $2000 to $25,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
Program Guidelines
This grant provides funding for arts and cultural organization to enter into partnership with the Maine Arts Commission.  Funds are unrestricted and will go to building  the state’s cultural infrastructure. 


Project Grant for Individual Artists

Application Deadline: May 15, 2014
Maximum grant award $2,500 (with a required 1:1 match)
Program Guidelines

This grant assists in the growth of Maine’s art’s community and artists by supporting the creation of high quality arts activities, new work or professional development. All proposed projects must include a public engagement component.


Project Grant for Organizations

Application Deadline: May 15, 2014
Maximum grant award $5,000 (with a required 1:1 match)
Program Guidelines

This grant fosters the growth of the arts in Maine. The program supports the creation of high quality arts programming that engages Maine’s communities, enhances the quality of life and attracts visitors to strengthen Maine’s creative economy.


Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

Application Deadline: May 2, 2014 
Maximum grant amount: $4,000
Program Guidelines
This grant supports Maine’s communities as they preserve valuable artistic traditions by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to qualified apprentices.
If you have general questions about grant applications or the review process, 
please contact Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility,