Grants for Organizations
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.
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.
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.
The Creative Aging grant supports organizations that develop 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 Creative Communities = Economic Development: Planning Grant (CCED Phase 1) provides communities or regions funds to asses 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. A completed Cultural Plan is required in order for a community or region to apply for the CCED Phase II: Implementation Grant.
The Creative Communities = Economic Development Implementation Grant (CCED Phase 2) supports partnerships between municipalities and the cultural sector for the economic development of communities. A lead applicant organization is expected to plan and oversee the project direction, management, and implementation with their project partners. The applicant must have included a completed cultural plan with their Letter of Interest to be eligible to apply for CCED Phase 2.
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.
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.
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.
Project Grant for Organizations funding 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.
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.
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.
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:
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