Grants For Organizations

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Grants for Organizations

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 organizations are offered to support Maine arts organizations in their operations and in their production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work, and the continuation of existing arts programs. Applicants must be is a 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.

Within each application there are the explanations for the specific parameters for each grant. This includes things like the application questions, word limits, etc. It is recommended that you copy/paste information into the online form from another program with proofreading functions for greater quality control.  Additional information that you may want to have available before you begin your application.

  • Proof of 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
  • Your organization’s mission, population served, and a brief description priority projects or services.
  • An overview of your project.
  • Financial information about your organization, including your annual operating budget, total revenues, expenses, assets, and liabilities, etc.
  • Financial information about your grant project, including a list of expenses, revenues, other sources of funding, etc.
  • List of key project personnel including a brief description of their roles and qualifications.
  • List of the organization’s board of directors or advisory committee, including their occupation and city/town of residence.
  • Support materials that highlight the best work of your organization.

Arts and Humanities

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

The Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council collaborate to provide Arts & Humanities grants that assist organizations in Maine to investigate and present stories and cultural expressions of the state, its communities and its people. Information can also be found at the Maine Humanities website at https://mainehumanities.org.

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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 organizations to enhance PK-12 arts education. This can be done through teaching artist programs, community arts education programs, curriculum planning, professional learning for arts educators, and teaching artists and teachers of all content. Applicants are encouraged to 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 organizations and artists that develop high-quality, participatory, arts programs for older adults. Funds are available to support 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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Cultural Planning

Maximum Award: $10,000.
Required Match: 1 to 1 (In-kind or cash match). (Match waived for FY22)
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

The Cultural Planning Grant provides communities or regions funds to assess their cultural assets (and needs) and create a Cultural Plan.  Please note that this grant is for a community Creative Plan and is not intended for individual organizational planning. 

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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 or organizations doing dance education projects that enrich PK-12 students and/or educators. Eligible schools must NOT currently have a dance education program in place. Applicants are required to use teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster.

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Organization Development

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

The Organizational Development grant is designed to support organizations in capacity-building projects. Funds can help address issues that include positioning of the organization, board and staff development, planning, financial management, and marketing.

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Organization Partnership

Maximum Award: $6,00 to $10,000 (depending on applicant’s annual budget).
Required Match: 1 to 1 (In-kind or cash match).  (Match waived for FY22)
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

The Partnership Grant provides unrestricted operating funds to arts organizations, it is not a project based grant. The award establishes a process for partnering with the Maine Arts Commission and awardees will recognize the Maine Arts Commission as a seasonal or organizational partner.

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Organization Project

Maximum Award: $5000.
Required Match: 1 to 1 (In-kind or cash match).  (Match waived for FY22)
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

The Organization Project grant supports 501c3 organizations with the production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work, and the continuation of existing arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

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Relief Organization Grant 

Maximum Award: $4,000.
Required Match: None.
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30, 2021

Relief Funding for Organizations offers funds to aid Maine arts sector organizations during the hardships created by the COVID-19 health emergency. Grants from this fund are intended to support administration costs for arts organizations facing issues relating to the health emergency.

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Ticket to Ride 

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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Assistance

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 and Accessibility, at kerstin.gilg@maine.gov 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

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741