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

Arts and Humanities

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

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 PK-12 students. 

Craft Apprentice Program (CAP)

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.

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

Creative Aging

Maximum award: $1,000 (with a required 1:1 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

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

Letter of InterestFull application (upon invitation): October 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
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.

Dance Education Grant

Maximum award: $2,250

Summary
This grant provides funding to support high-quality dance education for PK-12 students and/or educators of this population in schools where dance education is not currently in place. This funding is meant to inspire and to exhibit the value of dance education. 

Maine Artist Fellowship

Disciplines include: craft, literary, multimedia/film, performing, traditional, 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 informed by an applicant’s work. No match is required.  

Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund

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

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

Maximum award: $7,500 to $15,000 (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

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

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. 

Ticket to Ride

Maximum award: $500 

Summary
This program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events as part of a well-rounded curriculum. Any PK-12 school in Maine  with a documented free and reduced lunch student proulation between 30 and 49 percent is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year. Any PK-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced lunch student population over 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

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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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:

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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