Dance Education Grant
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Deadline: April 08, 2021
Maximum Award: $2,500
Required Match: None.
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30

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 Dance Grant provides funding to support schools for dance education projects that involve PK-12 students. Eligible projects must originate from or be partnered with a public school that does NOT currently have a dance education program in place. Applicants are required to use dance educators from the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster and there is an expectation that the project will be documented so others can learn about the work. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Eligibility Requirements 

All applicants must have an active Maine Arts Commission account and current Vendor Code to receive funding. A school is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:
  • The applicant Is an organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, or is a public-school district, or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government in the state of Maine.
  • Has not  received a Dance Education grant with in the last 3 years.
  • Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.

Award Restrictions

A school must apply through its school district. All paperwork must be conducted through the Superintendent’s offices. Communications and funds will go directly to the district to then be delivered to the applying school. The Maine Arts Commission will not contract directly with individual schools.

Ineligible Expenses

Grant awards may not be re-granted nor used to cover the costs of brick-and-mortar projects, permanent or capital equipment over $4,999 in value, operating support, or fundraising.

Application Materials

Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. 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. All application materials must be submitted through the Grants Management System (GMS) and 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

  • Two letters of support (Required): One from a teacher from the school and one from the collaborating teaching artist from the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster.

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

  • Your Vendor Code is a state assigned number that allows award 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. Please do not upload the Vendor Form as part of the application.The form can be downloaded from the Grants Help page.
  • Vendor Forms can be emailed to vog.eniam@glig.nitsrek 

The Maine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the non-commercial promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs.

Application Questions (To be completed in the GMS)

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

  1. Provide a description of the project and a project timeline. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
  2. Clearly state what you hope to achieve and how you will evaluate project success. Including assessment tool(s) and how your proposal aligns with the State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts standards. Include other standards if relevant. (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
  3. Describe how this project will be accessible for all students, addressing various learning styles and abilities. (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
  4. Identify who will be involved with this project (school community, population served, teaching artist(s) from roster and school) and how they will be collaborating.  (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
  5. Explain your plans to sustain the work after this project is concluded. (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)

Review Criteria

Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the artistic excellence, artistic merit, and educational value of the project. (30%)
  2. Alignment of project with State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts. Description of evaluation methodology with clear objectives and outcomes. (20%)
  3. Clear demonstration of equity and access to learning addressing the differences of learners. (20%)
  4. Evidence of significant collaborative planning among teachers and other partners, and the capacity to carry it out. (20%)
  5. Commitment beyond the conclusion of the project. (10%)

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by panels of public members, selected for their expertise. Reviewer recom ndations are presented to Maine Arts Commission members who approve the review process, making an award official. Notifications to applicants of the spring deadlines are sent in mid-July. 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.


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 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:



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 Dance Education grant application :
Please contact Martha Piscuskas, Director of Arts Education, at vog.eniam@saksucsiP.ahtraM or 207-287-2750.
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.

Dance Eduation Grant Staff Contact: 
Martha Piscuskas  207-287-2750
Arts Education Director

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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