The Maine Arts Commission offers grant funding to Maine organizations, individuals, schools, and municipalities. The grant cycle opens January first each year with the majority of deadlines before the end of March, with some offerings that have additional autumn deadlines. Funding support must be used for projects between July 1 of this year and June 30 of the following year. If a project has components that fall outside of the timeframe, those components cannot be funded, although components within the timeframe are eligible for funding. All applications must be made through the agency online Grants Management System.
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.
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.
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 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. 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 Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Arts & Media Director
Brita Wanger-Morier: 287-2750
Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790
Arts Education Director
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750
Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741