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Jane Morrison Film Fund

This program, in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, supports educational opportunities for professional filmmakers in the early stages of their career development. The Fund is designed to help filmmakers attain instructional guidance and skills. Applicants should identify specific opportunities for educational benefit and be prepared to explain why the experience would help them.


  • Deadline: May 5, 2015
  • Maximum grant amount: $2,000


In the past funds have been used to support attendance at the Summer Film Institute in New York and the Sundance Institute in Utah. The funds can also be applied to film classes at educational institutions, film workshops, seminars and apprenticeships. The committee prefers applications that cover tuition costs rather than living expenses.

Jane Morrison was an Augusta-area native who died suddenly while on location shooting a film in Africa. Jane's career in filmmaking began when she was an English teacher at Cony High School in Augusta and participated in that school's first Maine Arts Commission-supported Artist-In-Residence Film Program. She received special training in filmmaking, continued to develop the film program at Cony, and then went on to a full-time career in filmmaking. Among her titles are Sarah Orne Jewett's The White Heron, Master Smart Woman, and The Two Worlds of Angelita.


Eligibility Requirements

A person is eligible to apply if they are a professional Maine artist and they: have a Maine address, reside full-time in Maine for a minimum of two years at the date of application, are 18 years of age or older at the time of the application, and are not enrolled as a student. All applicants must have completed and filed all final reports required for previous Maine Arts Commission grants


Review Process

Applications are reviewed by a committee composed of members of the public selected for their expertise in film.

Grant recommendations will be presented at the annual meeting of the Maine Arts Commission. The approval of the review process, making the grant official, takes place at that time. Notifications are sent to all applicants following that meeting.

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


Review Criteria

Grant applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence of the applicant.
  • Evidence that the proposal will have positive impact on the applicant.
  • Financial need of the applicant.
  • Appropriate use of the requested funds.


How to Apply

For questions before you begin the application process:

Performing, Media, Film and Multidisciplinary Arts: Kerstin Gilg, Performing and Media Arts Director, 207/287-6719,

For general questions about the application or review process please contact Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, at 207/287-2750,

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, on the date of the application deadline. The agency will not accept late or incomplete applications under any circumstance.


Required Application Materials

Your application will consist of two steps. The first is the completion of the electronic application which will include contact information. The second part of your application will require the upload of the narrative portion of your application and application attachments.

Please review the following required materials carefully in preparing your application. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in disqualification of your application. Only complete applications will be accepted. Make copies of all application materials for your records prior to submitting them.   

Please click on eGRANT to start your application. You may want to complete your narrative (see link) for upload before you begin.

  1. eGRANT Application. 
  2. Application Narrative.
  3. Resume.
  4. Support Materials. These should be of professional quality and appropriate to the proposal. Materials can include samples of an artist’s work, letters of support from community partners, letters of commitment from venues, diagrams for the proposed work, or other elements that will assist the reviewers in understanding the project.
  5. Work Samples. See guidelines below.
  6. Work Sample Description Sheet.
  7. Vendor Form. To be provided by a first time applicant, or those whose contact information has changed. This is information used by the Treasury to generate a check if the grant is awarded. Applicants should be sure to indicate the address the check should be sent to.


Mail or fax (207/287-2725) vendor form (if required) to the Maine Arts Commission, 193 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04333-0025.

Work Sample Submission Guidelines

Work samples are a crucial aspect of your application and it is essential that they are of professional quality and are appropriate representations of your current abilities. Samples are uploaded through the electronic submission system.

Represented work must be current; preferably within the past three years. Failure to submit samples in the formats outlined below will disqualify the application.




Preferred format PDF, but WORD documents will also be accepted. Manuscripts should include works of prose, not to exceed 20 pages, or up to five poems. Script and playwriting applicants should include one act or scene. Selections from a longer script or work of prose may be accompanied by a synopsis of the complete work. The synopsis is not part of the 20 page maximum. All materials must be legible in 12-point or larger type and double spaced.


Preferred format JPEG, but PDF images will also be accepted. Five samples total may be submitted. Optimal image size is 1920 pixels on the longest side (to accommodate HD viewing) at a resolution of 96 dpi and a file size under 5 mb. Images can be a digital photograph or a digital scan.


Audio and Video submissions will be accepted. Five samples total may be submitted. Optimal work samples will be under five minutes in length. If the file is longer than five minutes listening/viewing points should be indicated in the description of the piece. This must explain how to view or listen to the work sample(s). The reviewer will not be expected to listen/view a larger piece in its entirety.

We recommend that contributors consider licensing their media files under a Creative Commons Attribution/Non-Commercial/Share-Alike license.

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.



Grant information is available in large print format by request. 

All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with disabilities.