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Organizational Development Grant

PDF—How to Apply

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT APPLICATION RESTRICTIONS: Please be aware that qualified organizations cannot accept, if awarded, both a Partnership Grant and a Project Grant for Organizations or an Organizational Development Grant in the same year. An applicant may not receive an Organizational Development and Project Grant for Organizations either. Applicants are welcome to apply to all grant programs in a cycle, but will then need to choose if multiple grants within these specific programs are awarded. Grant awardees in any of these three programs ARE eligible to receive Arts Learning Grants and the Creative Communities = Economic Development grants during the same cycle.

Application Deadline: March 23, 2017

Maximum Award: $5,000 

The Organizational Development grant is designed to support capacity-building projects for arts organizations throughout Maine. Grant funds can help address issues that include positioning of the organization, board and staff development, planning, financial management, and marketing. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.


There is a required 1:1 in-kind and/or cash match for this grant.


The funding cycle for this program is July 1, 2017 to 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 or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government.
  • Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission awards received.  




Organizational Development Grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis

using the following criteria:

  • Organizational readiness (40%)
  • Proposed outcomes (25%)
  • Project implementation and leadership (25%)
  • Application quality (10%) 



APPLICATION NARRATIVE (All character counts include spaces. 2,550 characters/page.)

  1. What does your organization do? Provide a brief history of your organization and describe what it produces, presents and/or provides. (1,275 characters max.)
  2. What is the project for which you seek funding? (1,915 characters max.)
  3. Why is this project important to your organization at this time? How did you come to realize the need for this project? (1,915 characters max.)
  4. What will be the outcome of this project? How will the outcome change your organization? How will it impact your work? If your organization has already taken steps to address this area, describe them. (2,550 characters max.)
  5. What efforts have been made to gain staff and board support for working on these areas and to prepare them for changes that may occur as a result? (2,300 characters max.)
  6. Who will implement this project? For projects using outside consultants, please attach a copy of the consultant’s proposal. Implementation plans should include: summary of the issue(s) to be addressed, detailed scope of work (including outcomes, deliverables and timeframe), fees and qualifications. (1,275 characters max.)  




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. 



A complete application package for the Organizational Development Grant contains:
  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts within the online grants system
  • Completed project budget
  • Most currently completed Form 990
  • Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key personnel
  • List of board members, including their individual affiliations
  • Copy of any consultant’s proposal/work plan if appropriate
  • Organizational operating budgets for the previous, current and next fiscal years
  • Completed vendor form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in your application
  • Completed and signed Assurances Form




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 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—Questions about the application or review process may be directed to Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, at 207-287-2750 or

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS—Please direct specific questions about your Organizational Development Grant application to Julie Richard, Executive Director, at 207-287-2710 or 


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.