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Maine Artist Fellowship


Application Deadline: Spring, 2017

Maximum Award: $5,000


Maine Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are primarily informed by an applicant’s work.

No funding match is required.

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

Artistic disciplines require different application components, which are outlined in the Grants Management System (GMS).


Maine Artist fellowships are available in each of the following artistic disciplines. Each discipline requires its own application, which is submitted in the GMS. 


  • Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship (Available to residents of Hancock or Washington County only)

  • Craft

  • Literary Arts

  • Multimedia/Film

  • Performing Arts

  • Traditional Arts

  • Visual Arts 





You are eligible to apply if you meet all of the following criteria:
  • Are currently a practicing Maine artist.
  • Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the fellowship period. 
  • Are 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Are not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Are in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award you have received.
  • Have not received a Maine Artist Fellowship within the past 10 years.

You may submit only one fellowship application during a funding cycle. 

You must be an individual artist to apply. Multi-artist applications will not be accepted.

The Commission recognizes that performing artists may work solely or primarily as part of an ensemble. Such artists are encouraged to apply as individual artists on the stength of their work with the specific ensemble.

You may be awarded a maximum of three Maine Artist Fellowships in your lifetime.



Maine Artist Fellowship applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Reviewers are selected from out of state and will evaluate the caliber of the support materials, which vary depending on artistic discipline. The sole criterion for selection is artistic excellence based on the application and support materials provided.  



A complete application package for a Maine Artist Fellowship contains:

  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts as relevant to the artistic discipline (found in the GMS). 
  • Applicant resume, curriculum vitae, or bio (if required by discipline). 
  • Appropriate support materials as outlined in the GMS (varies depending on the discipline).


  • Completed State of Maine Vendor Form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in your application.


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. 



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. 


The sidebar menu on this page contains helpful information about the application process and guidance for writing your application. You are also welcome to contact agency staff with questions about the Maine Artist Fellowship.

GENERAL QUESTIONS—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—Please direct specific questions about the Maine Artist Fellowship to agency staff based on the discipline of your application.

Craft and Visual Arts: Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director or 207-287-2790

Performing and Media Arts: Mr. Kerstin Gilg, Media and Performing Arts Director or 207-287-6719

Traditional Arts: Kathleen Mundell, Traditional Arts and Creative Aging Director or 207-287-6746

Literary Arts: Julie Richard, Executive Director 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.