CCED Phase II: Implementation Grant
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Creative Communities = Economic Development: Implementation Grant

Deadline: October 17, 2019
Maximum Award: $75,000 (over three years)
Required Match: 1 to 1 (in-kind or cash match) 
Award Cycle: July 1 June 30 (for three years)

*Awardees can divide the $75k over the three year period however they choose, as long as the amount for a single year does not exceed $40k

The CC=ED Implementation Grant supports partnerships between municipalities and the cultural sector for the economic development of communities. A lead applicant organization is expected to plan and oversee the project direction, management, and implementation with their project. Applicants must have a current cultural plan to be eligible to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

Your community/region is eligible to apply only if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • The lead applicant is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government, legally established in the state of Maine.
  • The lead applicant is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.
  • A letter of interest and complete cultural plan has been provided prior to the Letter of Interest deadline.
  • The applicant has discussed the proposal with agency Executive Director Julie Richard and has been approved to apply.

Ineligible Expenses

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. Funds may not be used to pay for existing programs or expenses.

Application Requirements

Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. A completed application in the Grants Management System (GMS) must contain:

Letter of Interest Requirements

Online - Fields within the Grants Portal that will need to be completed

  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts (Required)

Uploads - Up to a total of 10 pieces of support materials uploaded through the Grants Portal

  • A letter of interest (Required): Documents outlining the preliminary plan for how the money will be used and the relationship between the applicant, consortium, and local or regional governments. (500 words max.)
  • A copy of the applicant’s community or regional Cultural Plan. (Required)
  • Letter(s) of support (Required): Up to five endorsements from municipal or regional government demonstrating a commitment to the project.
  • The most current completed Form 990/audit (Required): Form 990 for organizations with income of $499,999 and under, OR the most recently completed financial audit for organizations with income of $500,000 and over.

Full CCED 2 Application Requirements

  • Prior approval by agency Executive Director Julie Richard to apply for the grant from the Letter of Interest deadline (Required)

Online - Fields within the Grants Portal that will need to be completed

  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts (Required)
  • Completed project budget (Required)

Uploads - Up to a total of 10 pieces of support materials uploaded through the Grants Portal

  • Completed Implementation Forms (Required): Documents identifying Goals and Strategies from the Cultural Plan that will be addressed through this grant.
  • Resumes for key staff members involved with the organization (Required): If the lead applicant will be passing funds to a partner to implement a strategy, include key resumes from that organization as well.
  • One to three letters of support (Required): Letters from individuals or representatives of organizations who can speak to their anticipated benefit from the project.
  • Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter (Required for nonprofit organizations)
  • Collateral (Optional): Materials such as press reviews, articles, marketing materials, etc.

By Mail (or FAX)

  • A completed State of Maine Vendor Form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in the GMS application.

Application Questions (To be completed in the GMS)

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

  1. Provide the mission and a brief history of the organization that is the lead applicant. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
  2. Provide an overview of your project. Please include the project leader(s), a timeline, if this is a one-time endeavor or ongoing, and the expected outcomes.Clarify if there are different coordinators for different project goals/strategies. If the lead applicant is passing funds to a partner, please include organizational descriptions for those partners. Be sure to attach all resumes of key personnel in the uploads section. (Max: 5,000 characters - about 800 words)
  3. Describe your community or region, its arts and culture sector, and its history. (Max: 2,275 characters)
  4. Describe the process you followed to develop your Cultural Plan. If you engaged in data collection please describe the process and provide an overview of the results. (Max: 5,000 characters - about 800 words)
  5. Describe the commitment of community leaders and partners to the project. Indicate which partners will provide leadership for the project and what will be their roles and responsibilities. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words)
  6. Describe your communities’ financial readiness for this project. Please explain how you plan to achieve goals not funded by this grant and how you plan to sustain the progress made from this grant. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words)
  7. Are there any other key facts or circumstances that the review panel should know about? (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)

Review Criteria

CCED Implementation Grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the Implementation Plan, with priorities and strategies relating directly to the Cultural Plan. The plan and budget must be clear, feasible, detailed, and attainable.
  2. Quality of the Cultural Plan that includes evidence-based priorities and attainable outcomes to advance the creative economy in the community.
  3. Evidence of a high level of commitment from a wide cross-section of community leadership.
  4. Evidence of realistic financial matches and the ability to sustain the project beyond the granting period.
  5. Strong project leadership that is stable, experienced, and committed to Plan implementation.
  6. Overall readiness to take on a project of this scope.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by panels of public members, selected for their expertise. 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.

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.
For specific questions about the CCED 2 Grant, please contact Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission at 207-287-2710 or vog.eniam@drahcir.eiluj.
For general questions about the application or review process please contact Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility, at or 207/ 287-6719 .

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.        

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Need More Help?

For General Questions:
Director of Grants & Accessibility
Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719
Help by Discipline:

Performing Arts & Media Director
Brita Wanger-Morier: 287-2750

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director (Interim) 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2713

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741


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