Grants for Individuals
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 individuals are offered to support Maine artists with their work. Funds assist individual artists with the creation of new work, the continuation of existing practices, and participation in professional development programs and activities. Applicants do not need to be affiliated with a 501c3 organization in order to be eligible for funding. An individual is eligible to apply if they meet all of the following criteria at the time of application:
- Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
- Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the project period.
- Are at least 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
- Are not a student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
- Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.
This program supports craft artists in sharing their skills with a qualified apprentice. Apprenticeships help craft artisans in acquiring new skills, tools and management habits that help them adapt to the changing environment of craft consumers. This is a partnership between the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Craft Association. Please visit www.maineCAP.org for more information.(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.
The Jane Morrison Memorial Film Scholarship supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities to develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards. Participating in film workshops, seminars, conferences, and festivals are how the funds are usually applied.
Maine Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are not grants, they are merit-based awards that are informed by an applicant’s work as documented through materials included in the application. Maine Artist Fellowships are available in the categories; Belvedere Handcraft, Craft, Literary Arts, Multimedia/Film, Performing Arts, Traditional Arts, and Visual Arts.
Project Grant for Artists funding supports artist projects throughout Maine. Funds assist individual artists with the creation of new work, the continuation of existing practices, and participation in professional development programs and activities. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.
The Resilience Artist Grant supports the efforts of artists who are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID 19 related cancellations and closures, but are working to maintain some creative and economic viability during the COVID-19 health emergency.
The Springboard grant supports artist projects throughout Maine. Funds assist individual artists who have not been previously funded by the Maine Arts Commission, (with an exception of awardees of the Apprenticeship programs) with the creation of new work, the continuation of existing practices, and participation in professional development programs and activities.
The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship helps communities sustain their cultural heritage by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to a qualified apprentice or apprentices.
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 general questions about the application or review process: please contact Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants & Accessibility, at email@example.com, 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)
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