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Arts Learning Grant

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Application deadline: March 23, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Maximum award: $5,000 (Average grant award last year was $2,050)

This program provides funding to support high-quality visual or performing arts education for PK-12 students and/or educators of this population.

There is a required 50% in-kind or cash match for this grant. (For example, an applicant asking for $5,000 must provide $2,500 of matching support.)

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


The proposal should include the use of best educational standards-based practices reflecting 21st-century teaching and learning.

PK-12 schools, community organizations, and cultural institutions acting as or in partnership with teaching artists are eligible to apply for the Arts Learning grant.



Your school or organization is eligible to apply only 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, is a public school, 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.



A completed application in the Grants Management System (GMS) for the Arts Learning Grant contains:



·     Completed answers to all narrative prompts

·     Completed project budget

·     Most recently completed Form 990 (for organizations only)

·     Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key personnel. Include resumes for all teaching artists

·     One to three letters of support from individuals or representatives of organizations or schools who can speak to their anticipated benefit from the project

·     Lesson Plan/Unit showing learning outcomes and assessment tools




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

·     Completed and signed assurances form




These materials may be provided by the school, organization or teaching artist(s) if desired.

To provide a snapshot of the quality of your organization and or/work please provide no fewer than two or more than five artistic samples. Samples may be any combination of:

·     Images

·     Audio or video (no more than 15 minutes in length)

·     Prose or poetry (no more than 5 pages in length)

·     Reviews

·     Marketing materials


For additional information about samples, click here.


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


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


1. In two to four sentences, please describe your idea. (638 characters max.)

2. Clearly state the objectives for the idea, and plans for evaluating your success. (1,275 characters max.)

3. Describe your partnership, collaborative planning and the learners that you serve, including underserved students. (1,275 characters max.)

4. How does your proposal align with the State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts and other standards if relevant? (1,275 characters max.)

5. Who are the professional teachers and teaching artists involved in this project? Summarize their professional experience.(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.



Arts Learning Grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

·    Demonstration of high-quality arts education teaching and learning opportunities. (25%)

·    Clear description of the project and its impact. (20%)

·    Evidence of significant collaborative planning among teachers and other partners and capacity to carry it out. (20%)

·    Description of evaluation methodology with clear objectives and outcomes. (15%)

·    Alignment with State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts. (10%)

·    Assurance that the project will include certified, trained teaching artists and will provide professional development opportunities where appropriate. (10%)




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



about the application or review process

Kathy Ann Jones Shaw

Senior Grants Director or 207-287-2750.


about the Arts Learning application

Argy Nestor

Director of Arts Education or 207-287-2713