Grants for Educators
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Grants for Educators 

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 Required Match for all grants in the FY22 grant cycle is waived--

However, applicants are encouraged to make a match if they are able.

Grants for educators are offered to support projects that have a central focus around learning. Funding supports schools and organizations for innovative PK-12 programs and for lifelong learning projects. The Maine Arts Commission supports all efforts to promote arts learning. Arts education is a major focus of the Maine Arts Commission and a nationwide movement aiming to provide all students with opportunities to learn in and through the arts (dance, music, theater, visual arts and creative writing). Methods for reaching this goal include providing discipline-specific, sequential learning opportunities; integrating the arts into all curricular content areas; programs in institutions and detention centers; programs in child care centers; and after-school programs.

Applications for Arts Education grants must be applied for by either a non-profit organization or, if school-based, through a school district office.  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. It is recommended that applicants be familiar with the following information prior to applying:

Arts Learning

Maximum Award: $5,000.
Required Match: 1 to 2 (50% match - In-kind or cash match). (Match waived for FY22)
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

The Arts Learning Grant provides funding to support schools and non-profit organizations for arts education programs serving students in PK- grade 12 age groups. This can be done through school programs, community arts education programs, afterschool/weekend programs, curriculum planning, professional learning for arts educators, teaching artists, and teachers of all content for arts integration. A school must apply through its school district. If the project calls for a teaching artist, preference will be given to applicants that use teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s  Teaching Artist Roster.

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Creative Aging

Maximum Award: $1,000.
Required Match: 1 to 1 (In-kind or cash match). (Match waived for FY22)
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

The Creative Aging grant supports the collaboration between artists and organizations in developing high-quality, participatory, arts programs for older adults. Funds are available to support the hiring of teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster to work in community settings such as libraries, senior centers, arts organizations, and assisted- and independent-living centers. 

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Dance Education Grant

Maximum Award: $2,500.
Required Match: None.
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

The Dance Education Grant provides funding to support schools doing dance education projects that enrich PK-12 students and/or educators. Eligible schools must NOT currently have a dance education program in place. Projects must originate in or be partnered with a public school.  Applicants are required to use teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster.

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Ticket to Ride - Not currently available 

Maximum Award: $500.
Required Match: None.
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

Ticket to Ride funding defrays the travel costs of Maine PK-12 schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events. Any school with a documented free and reduced lunch student population above 30 percent is eligible to receive support.

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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 Arts Learning 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.

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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