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Project Grant for Artists

PDF—How to Apply


Application Deadline: April 20, 2017

Maximum award: $2,500 

(Average grant award last year was $1,550)


The Project Grant for Artists supports creative projects throughout Maine, assisting artists with the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

No match or nonprofit affiliation is required.

This funding cycle for this program is July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.




You are eligible to apply only if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • 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 project period.
  • Are at least 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Are not a 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.



A completed application in the Grants Management System (GMS) for the Project Grant for Artists must contain:


  • Completed answers to all narrative prompts
  • Completed project budget
  • Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key participants
  • Artistic samples:
    • Images (five), and/or
    • Audio or video (no more than 15 minutes in length), and/or
    • Prose or poetry (no more than 5 pages in length)



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



 For additional information about artist samples, click here. 

  • Reviews
  • Marketing materials
  • One to three letters of support


 Maine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the non-commercial promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs.



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

  1. Provide a detailed description of the project, including dates, locations, partners and expected outcomes, project timeline and plan. (1,915 characters max.)
  2. What makes the project artistically strong? (1,275 characters max.)
  3. How will this project advance your career and your creative practice? (1,275 characters max.)
  4. How will your project benefit the public? Please include the following: description of the community the project will impact, anticipated number of people the project will reach, and partnerships and collaborations. (1,275 characters max.)
  5. Provide examples of similar projects that you have successfully completed (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, non-project related travel or fundraising for the project.



Project Grant for Artists applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  • Quality of the project plan, components and outcomes (25%)
  • Artistic strength and creative practice (25%)
  • Community impact (20%)
  • Capacity to complete the project (20%)
  • Application completeness (10%)



Applications are reviewed by a panel of public members selected for their expertise in the arts and public programming.

All grant recommendations are presented to Maine Arts Commission members who approve the review process, making the grant official.

The review process and delivery of funds may take up to six months. This means that grant funds may be used to reimburse costs which have been incurred for the project after the grant has been approved but prior to funds being disbursed. Please plan accordingly.


Agency staff are always here as a resource to you. We recommend contacting the correct staff person a minimum of two-weeks prior to submitting your application


GENERAL QUESTIONS about the application or review process

     Kathy Ann Shaw

     Senior Grants Director or 207-287-2750

Craft and Visual Arts applicants

Julie Horn

Visual Arts Director or 207-287-2790

Media Arts and Performing Arts applicants

Kerstin Gilg

Media and Performing Arts Director or 207-287-6719

Literary Arts applicants

Julie Richard

Executive Director or 207-287-2710

Traditional Arts applicants

Kathleen Mundell

Traditional Arts Specialist or 207-236-6741



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.