Help information on this page is organized into categories of preparing your application, filling out and completing your application, and award management. Information about specific grants can be found in the individual grant website pages. General information and an overview of all grant programs can be found on the Overview Page and 'cluster' pages have information for Artist Grants, Organization Grants and Education Grants. All grant applications must be made through the online Grants Management System (GMS).
The application process can sometimes be time-consuming and it is recommended that you prepare your narrative responses, edit the content, and ensure character counts are within limits, prior to logging on to the GMS. This will allow you to simply copy and paste your information into the appropriate fields of the grant application.
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.
Preparing for your Application
When considering applying for a Maine Arts Commission Grant, please make sure that you will have enough time to prepare your application materials before the deadline date. You should also be confident that your proposal aligns with the goals of the funding and that understand the criteria by which your application will be evaluated. This information is on the individual site pages for each grant. Additional resources that may help are:
Completing your Application
The application submission process opens on January first, however, you can prepare your materials before this date.
All grant applications must be made through the online Grants Management System (GMS). When using the system, please note that there is a log-out feature that becomes active after 90 minutes of idle time. Please be aware of the application field character limits (which include spaces), and the fact that you can edit your application at any time prior to the deadline as long as you have not selected the final Submit Application button.
To access the GMS (or create an account) you must go to https://mainearts-grants.maine.gov/account/login. Additional resources that may help are:
Applications are reviewed by panels of public members who are selected for their expertise. All grant recommendations are presented to Maine Arts Commission members who approve the review process, making the grant official. All applicants are notified on whether their application was approved or declined as soon as the approval process is complete. The review process and delivery of funds may take up to six months, however.
If your application was approved for funding you will need to complete some paperwork. You will also need to be prepared to highlight the agency support for project and complete a Final report when the project concludes. Additional resources that may help are:
Legislative Letter Template
Maine Arts Commission Logo
Recipients of Maine Arts Commission funding must acknowledge the Maine Arts Commission. Recipients are required to acknowledge the agency’s support related to the awarded funding using the agency logo and the following language: “Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.” Please use the primary logo, if you can, when crediting the Maine Arts Commission.
Additional option: To be used when printing in black and white, for faxes, or when primary logo is not optimal
Black and White - (EPS file)
If you need to use the NEA logo, it can be found at: https://www.arts.gov/grants/manage-your-award/nea-logo
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)
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