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The Maine Arts Commission offers funding programs for organizations, individuals, educators, and municipalities.

Arts and Humanities

Application Deadline: April 12, 2018
Maximum award: $1,000 (with a required 1:1 match)

Summary
This grant, jointly administered by the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council, funds projects that include elements of both the arts and humanities.

Please visit the Maine Humanities website at https://mainehumanities.org for application instructions.

Arts Learning

Application Deadline: Spring, 2018
Maximum award: $5,000 (with a required 50% match)

Summary
This grant supports schools, arts organizations/institutions and community-based teaching artists as they collaborate on the design and delivery of high-quality arts learning experiences for K-12 students. 

Craft Apprentice Program (CAP)

Application Deadline: December 2017

This annual program is a partnership between the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Craft Association and was established to address the need for sustainability and resiliency in Maine’s craft sector by allowing craft artisans to acquire new skills, tools and management habits that help them adapt to the changing environment of craft consumers.

The deadline for applications to participate in this new program was December 9, 2016.

Please visit www.maineCAP.org for more information about the program and how to apply.

Creative Aging

Application Deadline: October 30, 2017 April 12, 2018
Maximum award: $1,000 (with a required 50% match)

Summary
This grant supports teaching artists to work with older adults in a range of community settings.

Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED), a two-phase program

CCED Phase I: Cultural Plan

Application Deadlines: Spring, 2018
Maximum award: $10,000 (with a required 1:1 match) 

Summary
This grant will award successful community applicants a $10,000 grant to develop a Cultural Plan. A Cultural Plan is a prerequisite to a CCED Phase II: Implementation application.

CCED Phase II: Implementation

Application Deadlines

Letter of Interest : March 23, 2017 Full application (upon invitation)—September 21, 2017
Maximum award: $75,000 ($40,000 for year one, $25,000 in year two, $10,000 in year three) with a required 1:1 match.

Summary
This grant supports partnerships between cultural, economic and governmental sectors to effect community revitalization. Applications will be considered from communities/regions with a strong commitment to inter-sector collaboration that seeks to strengthen the cultural assets of their community.

Maine Artist Fellowship

Application Deadline: Spring, 2018
Disciplines include: craft, literary, performing, multimedia/film, visual, and the Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship (available only to artists in Washington or Hancock County):
 
Fellowship award: $5,000

Summary
The Maine Artist Fellowships are given annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are primarily informed by an applicant’s prior work. No match is required.  

Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund

Application Deadline: Spring, 2018   
Maximum award: $2,000

Summary
The Jane Morrison Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities that develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards.

Organizational Development Grant

Application Deadline: Spring, 2018
Maximum award: $5,000 (with a required 1:1 match)

Summary
This grant provides funding for arts and cultural organizations to support capacity-building projects for organizations throughout Maine. Grant funds can help organizations address issues that include positioning of the organization, board and staff development, planning, financial management, and marketing. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

Partnership Grant

Application Deadline: Spring, 2018
Maximum award: $2,000 to $25,000 (with a required 1:1 match)

Summary
This grant provides funding for arts and cultural organizations to enter into partnership with the Maine Arts Commission. Funds are unrestricted and will go to building the state’s cultural infrastructure. 

Project Grant for Artists

Application Deadline: Spring, 2018
Maximum award: $2,500

Summary
This grant is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist artists with the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. There is no matching funding requirement for this award.

Project Grant for Organizations

Application Deadline: Spring, 2018
Maximum award: $5,000 (with a required 1:1 match)

Summary
This grant is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist organizations with the production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work, and the continuation of successful arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. 

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

Application Deadline: Spring, 2018
Maximum award: $3,000

Summary
This grant provides fiscal support for a master traditional artist to share his or her skills with a qualified apprentice. The master artist and apprentice submit one joint application. The funds support the pair as they work together in one-on-one instructional sessions. The master provides instruction about the traditional art and allows the apprentice to learn through observation, example, practice, and collaboration.

TO APPLY:

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If you have general questions about grant applications or the review process, please contact Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, 207/287-2750

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Need More Help?

For General Questions:
Senior Grants Director & Accessibility
Kathy Ann Shaw: 287-2750
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

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