CCED Phase II: Implementation Grant
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The Maine Arts Commission is not accepting applications

to the Creative Communities = Economic Development: Implementation Grant

for the 2021-2022 grant cycle. 

CCED 2 applicants must be invided to apply by the Maine Arts Commission

Creative Communities = Economic Development: Implementation Grant (CCED2)

Deadline: March 26, 2020 (LOI)
Maximum Award: $75,000
Required Match: 1 to 1 (In-kind or cash match)
Award Cycle: July 1 June 30 (for three years) 

Applicants interested in the CCED2 grant must submit a Letter of Interest to the Maine Arts Commission by the deadline date. If the letter is approved, the applicant will be formally invited to apply for the $75,000 through an additional application process.

If you have received a CCED 2 grant you must make annual updates through the CCED 2 Update application.

Artists and organizations seeking relief funding for the COVID-19 emergency should visit the agency COVID-19 Resource Page. It has information about Maine Arts Commission support as well as support options from other organizations. 

The Creative Communities = Economic Development: Implementation Grant (CCED Phase 2) 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 partners. Awardees can divide the $75k over the three-year period however they choose, as long as the total amount for a single year does not exceed $40k. Once a grant is awarded the awardee must provide annual updates as to how the funding is being used each following year of the project. 

Maine’s distinct quality of place is its primary economic asset. In addition to its spectacular lands, waters, and coastlines, Maine’s picturesque towns and villages, containing historic buildings, galleries, and cultural venues, contribute to the rich cultural heritage of Maine and its unique sense of place. The Maine Arts Commission offers this major grant program to stimulate development through the creative economy. The Creative Communities Implementation Grant will provide the applicant community with significant funds to implement its cultural plan. Successful applications will include a quality, professional, Cultural Plan that is attainable and contains relevant priorities for advancing the creative economy in that community. Strong, sustained project leadership must be evident. The lead applicant organization is expected to plan and oversee project direction, management and implementation side by side with their project partners. The organization will be required to follow its recently-developed community or regional Cultural Plan and it is expected that the Creative Communities Implementation project will have a designated coordinator to communicate with the public, partners, artists and others involved in the project.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must have an active Maine Arts Commission account and current Vendor Code to receive funding. Your community/region is eligible to apply only if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • The lead applicant is a stable, well-established 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.
  • There is a complete and current Cultural Plan relevant to the project.
  • The applicant has discussed the proposal with agency Executive Director 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 Materials

Applicants who have been invited to proceed from their Letter of Interest, must submit a completed application package. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. A completed application in the Grants Management System (GMS) must contain

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

  • The applicant’s Cultural Plan (Required):  For their community or region
  • Letter(s) of support (Required): From municipal or regional government demonstrating a commitment to the project.
  • The most current completed 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). (Required)

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

  • Your Vendor Code is a state assigned number that allows for payment processing. 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. This must be provided to the agency prior to award notification and can be submitted through email, surface mail, or FAX. The form can be downloaded from the Grants Help page. - - 

Application Questions (To be completed in the GMS)

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

  • Provide information about the mission and a brief history of the organization that is the lead applicant. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
  • Outline the preliminary plan for how award money will be used and the relationship between the applicant, consortium, and local or regional governments. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words)

Review Criteria

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

  • Quality of the Implementation Plan, with priorities and strategies relating directly to the Cultural Plan. (50%)
  • Evidence of a high level of commitment from a wide cross-section of community leadership. (25%)
  • Overall readiness to take on a project of this scope. (25%)

Review Process

Letters of interest and then full applications are reviewed by a panel consisting of representatives from private foundations, economic development professionals and former CCED recipients. Finalists will be notified and a site visit may take place during the summer prior to the grant deadline.

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 and For general questions about the application or review process:
Please contact Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility, at or 207/ 287-6719.
For questions about award payments.
Please contact Darren Henry, Director of Operations, at or 207/ 287-2726.

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:

Interim Media & Performing Arts Director
Meg Fournier: 287-2713

Assistant Director, Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741