Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund
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JANE MORRISON MEMORIAL FILM SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: April 08, 2021
Maximum Award: $2,000.
Required Match: None
Award Cycle: July 1 June 30
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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 Jane Morrison Memorial Film Scholarship supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. This program is 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. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must have an active Maine Arts Commission account and current Vendor Code to receive funding. An individual is eligible to apply if they meet all of the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the project period.
  • Are at least 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Are not a student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.

Artist-specific application information:

  • ‘DUNS Number’ does not apply to individual artist applicants; just enter “1.”
  • If your contact information has changed within the past year you will need to fill out a new Vendor Form

Ineligible Expenses

Grant awards may not be re-granted nor used to cover the costs of brick-and-mortar projects, permanent or capital equipment over $4,999 in value, operating support, or fundraising.

Application Materials

Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. Once an application is started, the applicant may revisit it to add materials or change answers. This can be done up until the deadline. When the application is complete, the applicant must hit the ‘Submit’ button on the final page. This locks the application and makes it ready for review. All application materials must be submitted through the Grants Management System (GMS) and must contain:

Online - Fields within the Grants Portal that will need to be completed

  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts. (Required)

Uploads - Up to a total of 10 pieces of support materials uploaded through the Grants Portal

  • Resume, bio, or curriculum vitae of the applicant. (Required)
  • Artistic samples. (Required) Images (up to five), audio or video materials (no more than 15 minutes in length), prose samples (no more than 20 pages in length), poetry (no more than 5 poems), etc.
  • Collateral. (Oprional) Materials such as press reviews, articles, marketing materials, etc.

Vendor Code – An applicant must have a current Vendor Code to receive award funds

  • Your Vendor Code is a state assigned number that allows award payment processing. Please check your Maine Arts Commission User/Organization account to see if there is a number in the Vendor Code field. If the field is blank you will need to complete a Vendor Form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in the application. This must be provided to the agency prior to award notification and can be submitted through email, surface mail, or FAX. Please do not upload the Vendor Form as part of the application.The form can be downloaded from the Grants Help page.
  • Vendor Forms can be emailed to vog.eniam@glig.nitsrek

The Maine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the non-commercial promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs.

Application Questions (to be completed in the GMS)

(All character counts include spaces. 2,550 characters/page)

  1. Provide a brief bio about yourself, your creative practice, and the opportunity. Please include a timeline and the costs associated. (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
  2. How will this opportunity advance your career and creative practice? (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
  3. Please include information about your capacity for successful project completion. This could include noting previous accomplishments, etc. (Max: 1275 characters - about 175 words)

Review Criteria

Grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the opportunity, components, and outcomes. (30%)
  2. Project shows evidence of benefit to the applicant. (30%)
  3. Applicant shows strong capacity to complete the project successfully. (30%)
  4. Application overall quality. (10%)

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by panels of public members, selected for their expertise. Reviewer recommendations are presented to Maine Arts Commission members who approve the review process, making an award official. Notifications to applicants of the spring deadlines are sent in mid-July. The review process and delivery of funds may take up to six months. This means that grant funds may be used to reimburse costs which have been incurred for the project after the grant has been approved but prior to funds being disbursed.

Awards

All applicants are notified of their award status (approved or declined) via email after the Commission members approve the review process. Awardees are also listed on the Maine Arts Commission website. Paperwork for an applicant to accept an award is sent via email. Award funding is delivered by surface mail in the form of a paper check. A grant is taxable income, however, the Agency does not send 1099 or other tax forms to awardees. A copy of your executed award contract can be accessed on the State of Maine site at: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bbm/procurementservices/reports/service-contract-search.

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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 specific questions about the Jane Morrison Scholarship please contac  Interim Media and Performing Arts Director, Megan Fournier, at vog.eniam@reinruoF.B.nageM or 207/ 287-2713
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.

Jane Morrison Staff Contact: 
Megan Fournier  207 287-2724
Interim Media & Performing Arts Director

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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

Assistant Director, Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741