Craft Apprenticeship Program Grant
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Deadline: Early December
Maximum Award: $3,000.
Required Match: None.

The Craft Apprenticeship Program provides a seven-month educational opportunity for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as specialized craft practitioners. This is done through a significant relationship with a master artist. This program does not include photography, painting or drawing. Please contact us if you are unsure if your craft discipline qualifies.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Master and apprentice have both resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Master and apprentice will both reside full-time in Maine throughout the apprenticeship.
  • Master and apprentice demonstrates competency in an eligible craft art form.
  • Master and apprentice are at least 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Master or apprentice are not a student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Master is in compliance with final reports required for previous Maine Arts Commission awards.

Eligible Expenses

Grant awards may be used for fees for the master teacher, supplies and/or equipment, books and educational materials.

Ineligible Expenses

Grant awards may not be used to fund lodging, rent, existing overhead, or food costs. Grant awards may not be re-granted nor used to cover the costs of brick-and-mortar projects, travel or fundraising for the project.

Application Requirements

Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. Applicants must submit artistic samples for both the master artist and apprentice(s). A completed application in the Grants Management System (GMS) must contain:


  1. Complete answers to all narrative prompts.
  2. Resume, bio, or curriculum vitae for the master and for the apprentice.
  3. Pieces of Support materials/ Artistic samples which should include:
  • Five images of the work of the master
  • Five images of the work of the apprentice
  • Up to four additional pieces of collateral such as press clippings, letters of recommendation, artist statements, articles, additional images, 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)


  • Describe your current studio practice, including your business structure and where you sell or exhibit your work. (Max: 500 characters)
  • To the best of your ability, assess the Apprentice’s potential and commitment to this craft form. (Max: 500 characters max)
  • How do you and the Apprentice know one another, why did you choose this apprentice? (Max: 500 characters)


  • Tell us how long you have been working in this craft and any previous instruction. (Max: 500 characters)
  • Show Details FOR APPRENTICE ONLY- Where are you currently making, how much time are you working on your craft and are you selling or exhibiting work? (Max: 500 characters)
  • What do you hope to accomplish with this apprenticeship experience? (Max: 500 characters)
  • Why do you want to work with this Master in particular? (Max: 500 characters)
  • In what ways do you plan to continue working with this craft form or technique in the future? (Max: 500 characters)


  • Where will the teaching take place? (Max: 100 characters)
  • What type of schedule will you arrange? (Max: 100 characters)
  • Are there any distance, mobility, communication, technology, space or schedule concerns or barriers that you will need to overcome? (Max: 100 characters)


CAP requires one-on-one training from the Master for 100 hours over seven months. List three goals that will advance the Apprentice's practice and can be taught in this amount of time.

  • Goal 1: Please give a brief description of the goal and provide estimated hours to accomplish it. (Max: 500 characters)
  • Goal 2: Please give a brief description of the goal and estimated hours to accomplish it. (Max: 500 characters)
  • Goal 3: Please give a brief description of the goal and estimated hours to accomplish it. (Max: 500 characters)


The Apprentice will receive $1000 which must be spent during the seven-month apprenticeship to support their future studio practice. Items may include materials, equipment, books, tools, studio specific furnishings, etc. All purchased items become the property of the Apprentice. Funds may not be used for travel expenses, rent or ongoing existing overhead costs. Note: The Master's funding is to compensate for their time and expertise, (do not submit a budget for these services).

  • Provide an itemized list of 1-10 items with their cost equaling $1000. (Max: 500 characters)


  • Any additional Information Master and/or Apprentice would like to share. (Max: 1000 characters)

Review Criteria

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

  • Quality of the project plan, components, and outcomes (40%)
  • Artistic strength of the master. (30%)
  • Skill and commitment of the apprentice. (20%)
  • Overall application quality (10%)

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 Maine Craft Apprenticeship program please contact Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director at vog.eniam@nroh.eiluj or 207/287-2790. 

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.

Get Started in our Grants Management System (GMS)

Apply for a Grant

Need More Help?

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

Performing & Media Arts Director
Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director
Argy Nestor: 287-2713

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741


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