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Maine Arts Commission Grants

Dealines for the FY22 grant cycle 

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.

The Maine Arts Commission offers grant funding to Maine organizations, individuals, schools, and municipalities. The grant cycle opens in January each year with the majority of deadlines before the end of April, 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. Applicants are welcome to apply to multiple grants, unless it is otherwise stated in the application. All applications must be made through the agency online Grants Management System.

If you have questions about how to apply or other aspects of the Agency grants process; please go to the Grants Help page. The Help Page offers a list of documents that address general questions and also provide specific details about certain application processes. If you are unable to find the answers you need please feel free to contact agency staff. Applicants are also encouraged to contact staff if they feel such feedback would strengthen their application.

Wednesdays from 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. applicants can schedule a meeting with the Grants Director.

You can reserve a half hour meeting through Calendry at https://calendly.com/k-gilg/grant-chat

Meeting address is
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88981924822?pwd=Z3dHbUx1MVZubnhaNUY3cW1pVkFkQT09
Meeting ID: 889 8192 4822
Passcode: 612645

You will be placed in a Zoom waiting room until the time your meeting begins.

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 for PK-12 arts education programs. This can be done through school programs, community arts education programs, curriculum planning, professional learning for arts educators, teaching artists, and teachers of all content for arts integration. Applicants are encouraged to use teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster. 

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Craft Apprenticeship Program

Maximum Award: $4,000.
Required Match: None.

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.

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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 the collaboration between artists and organizations in developing 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. 

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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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Jane Morrison Memorial Film Scholarship

Maximum Award: $2,000.
Required Match: None.
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

The Jane Morrison Memorial Film Scholarship 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.

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Maine Artist Fellowship

Maximum Award: $5000.
Required Match: None.
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

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.

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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 Organization 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, marketing, and more.

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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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Project Grant for Artists

Maximum Award: $2,500.
Required Match: None.
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

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.

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Relief for Organizations 

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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Resilience Artist Grant

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

The Resilience Artist Grant supports the efforts of artists who are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID 19 related cancellations and closures, but are working to maintain some creative and economic viability during the COVID-19 health emergency.  

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Springboard Artist Grant 

Maximum Award: $1,500.
Required Match: None.
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

The Springboard grant supports artist projects throughout Maine. Funds assist individual artists who have not been previously funded by the Maine Arts Commission, (with an exception of awardees of the Apprenticeship programs) with the creation of new work, the continuation of existing practices, and participation in professional development programs and activities. 

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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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Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

Maximum Award: $3,000.
Required Match: None.
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30.

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.

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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