CCED Phase II: Implementation Grant
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CCED 2 applicants must be invided to apply by the Maine Arts Commission

Creative Communities = Economic Development: Implementation Grant (CCED2)

Deadline: October 15, 2020
Maximum Award: $75,000
Required Match: 1 to 1 (In-kind or cash match)
Award Cycle: July 1 June 30 (for three years) 

Before you apply for the CCED 2 grant you must submit a Letter-of-Interest through the CCED2 Letter application.

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.
  • The applicant has been invited to apply by the Maine Arts Commission.

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

  • Completed Implementation Forms (Required): Documents identifying Goals and Strategies from the Cultural Plan that will be addressed through this grant. These can be found on the Grants Help page
  • 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.
  • Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter (Required for nonprofit organizations) Current year financial statement (Required) for most recent month ended
  • Audit or IRS 990 Form (Required) from the most recently completed fiscal year
  • One to three letters of support (Required): Letters from individuals or representatives of organizations who can speak to their anticipated benefit from the project.
  • Collateral (Highly Recommended): Materials such as press reviews, articles, marketing materials, etc.

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)

  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, a timeline, and the expected outcomes. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words)
  3.  Describe your community or region. Outline the demographics, cultural entities, and geography that will be involved. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words)
  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.  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. List all project coordinators along with their duties. 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: 2,550 characters - about 350 words)
  8.  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:

  • Quality of the Cultural Plan that includes evidence-based priorities and attainable outcomes to advance the creative economy in the community.
  • Quality of the Implementation Plans, with priorities and strategies relating directly to the Cultural Plan.
  • The budget, and how it is clear, feasible, detailed, and attainable. Please include financial matches.
  • Strong project leadership that is stable, experienced, and committed to plan implementation.
  • Evidence of a high level of commitment from a cross-section of community leadership.
  • Overall readiness to take on a project of this scope and ability to sustain the project beyond the granting period.

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.
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

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741


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