Arts Jobs Grant for Artists
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Deadline: November 18, 2021
Award Amount: $1,500 - $15,000
Required Match: 1 to 1
Award Cycle: December 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022


The Arts Jobs Grant uses American Rescue Plan Act funds to support individual artists for specific, definable projects. Artists can use funding solely towards an artist fee or stipend to carry out the specific project or activity. The cost of materials and supplies to carry out the project, as well as providing presentations, workshops, and research with tangible outcomes required by the project are allowable expenses and considered part of the artist fee or stipend. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

(Have general questions about the Grant/Application Process? Access the Grants FAQ

Applications are encouraged from anyone who meets the eligibility requirements. Priority may be placed on applicants that serve or represent populations that have historically been under-resourced by arts and cultural funding due to geography, gender, race/ethnicity, disability, or socioeconomic status. (PDF of Guidelines)

Arts Jobs Grant for Artists FAQ

Learn more about Eligibility Requirements, Application Materials, the Grant Review, and the Award Process.

All applicants must have a current Maine Arts Commission account and current Vendor Code to receive funding. An applicant is eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria at the time of application deadline:

  • Is an individual artist or part of an artist collective (collectives should apply under the name of an individual member of the applying collective).
  • Is a current Maine resident who has resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Will be a Maine resident throughout the project period.
  • Is 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Is not an enrolled student in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Awarded funds will be used within the award cycle (December 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022).
  • Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.

Eligible Expenses

An artist fee or stipend to carry out a specific project or activity. The cost of materials and supplies to carry out the project, as well as providing presentations, workshops, and research with tangible outcomes required by the project are allowable expenses and considered part of the artist fee or stipend. Applicants who have already received funding from the Maine Arts Commission within this award cycle are still eligible to apply for a Jobs Grant.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Deficit or debt reduction.
  • Donations, contributions to other organizations, and re-granting.
  • Equipment purchases over $5,000.
  • Fundraising.
  • Home office or home studio rent and expenses.
  • Lobbying activity.
  • All unallowable expenses for federal awards as defined in 2 CFR 200 Subpart E - Cost Principles.

If your contact information has changed in the past year you will need to fill out a new Vendor Form.  The ‘DUNS Number’ in the application does not apply to individual artist applicants; just enter “1” in the field. 

Narrative Questions

  1. Provide a brief bio of yourself and the work that you do (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words.)
  2. Explain your project and how the funding will be used to support your work. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words.)
  3. Explain how the funding will benefit your community, and/or the people you will be working with. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words.)

Review Criteria

  1. 10% = Artistic excellence and artistic merit of the applicant (as expressed through your answer to question #1 and supporting uploads).
  2. 40% = Evidence that the funds will be used appropriately; timeline encouraged (as expressed through your answer to question #2 and the online budget form).
  3. 40% = Evidence of community benefit; information about efforts of inclusion with populations that have historically been under-resourced by arts and cultural funding is encouraged (as expressed through your answer to question #3).
  4. 10% = Application overall quality.

All applications must be submitted through the online Application Portal. Application materials will not be accepted in any other format. Once an application is started, the applicant may revisit it to add materials or change answers. This can be done up until the deadline. When the application is complete, the applicant must hit the ‘Submit’ button on the final page. This locks the application and makes it ready for review. Applications must contain:

Online – You will need to complete all the required question fields within the Grants Portal.

  • (Required) Completed answers to all narrative questions.
  • (Required) Completed information about award use, project budget, and matching funds.

Uploads – You will be able to upload up to a total of 10 pieces of support materials through the Application Portal. Some of these 10 items will be required, others will be optional. The total amount should be 10 items or fewer.

  • (Required) Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key participants.
  • (Required) Artistic samples: This could include, images, audio or video materials, prose samples, poetry, etcetera; dependent on the artistic discipline. (Maximum time: five minutes each.)
  • (Optional) Additional information that supports the application (images, reports, letters of support, contracts, etc.)

Vendor Code – An applicant must have a current Vendor Code to receive award funds

  • Please check your Maine Arts Commission User/Organization account to see if there is a number in the Vendor Code field. If the field is blank you will need to complete a Vendor Form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in the application. If you have had a recent address change you will also need to fill out a new vendor form. It can take several weeks to be assigned a Vendor Code. Once it is assigned, it will be attached to your Arts Commission account automatically.  
  • Please do not upload the Vendor Form as part of the application. Vendor Forms should be surface mailed, faxed, or emailed to Kimberly Jablon.

Submitted applications are reviewed by Agency staff for completion, eligibility, and adherence to the funding guidelines. Applications determined to be ineligible will not move forward to the panel review. Eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of Maine arts and culture professionals with appropriate expertise related to the grant program. Applications will be scored and ranked based on the review criteria. Panel rankings translate into reviewer recommendations that are submitted to the Maine Arts Commission members for funding approval. Applications are awarded based on the ranked list, funding priorities, and available funds.

The delivery of funds may take up to six months from the time of award notification. This means that grant awards 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, as long as it takes place within the award cycle.

All applicants are notified of their award status (approved or declined) via email after the Commission members approve the review process. Awardees are also listed on the Maine Arts Commission website. Paperwork and instructions for an applicant to accept an award is sent via email. Award funding is delivered by surface mail in the form of a paper check. A grant is taxable income; however, the Agency does not send 1099 or other tax forms to awardees. A copy of your executed award contract can be accessed on the State of Maine site at:

Final Reports are required no later than two weeks after the close of the award cycle, but it is recommended that Final Reports be submitted just after the conclusion of the project.

Your Final Report form can be accessed through your application within the Application Portal. It consists of three sections: Information about the final budget and demographics, a project summary, and a section to upload materials. There is also a survey so awardees can offer feedback to the Agency about their experience. The Maine Arts Commission relies on Final Reports to inform our funding from the National Endowment of the Arts, to become more knowledgeable about Maine creative work, and as a resource to promote the State arts community.


Ask For Help

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

Specific Questions - Assistant Director, Julie Horn
vog.eniam@nroH.eiluJ or 207-287-2790
General Questions - Grants Director, Kerstin Gilg 
vog.eniam@glig.nitsreK  or 207-287-2710


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. Please direct questions about agency accessibility and accommodation to Kerstin Gilg, at vog.eniam@glig.nitsrek or 207-287-6719

Arts Jobs Grant for Artists Staff Contact: 
Kerstin Gilg  207-287-6719
Director of Grants & Accessibility