The Maine Arts Commission provides grant support for artists, school districts, community organizations and art institutions through a variety of specialized grant programs. The agency draws on its state appropriation and federal funds through the National Endowment for the Arts, in addition to tapping into other public and private resources, to make awards across the entire state.
In order to review grant applications, the agency convenes outside experts into groups. These groups balance the professional perspectives on a given field and represent diversity in geography, gender and ethnic background. Panelists review all materials, including work samples, and convene to score each application. The panels’ recommendations are considered by Maine Arts Commission members and its chairman before final approval.
The links below will direct you to pages containing an overview of recently approved grants in all of our programs. Within these pages you can read more about successful grant applications, access archives of previous years, and download successful grants for guidance.