Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund
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JANE MORRISON MEMORIAL FILM FUND

Deadline: April 2, 2020
Maximum Award: $2,000.
Required Match: None
Award Cycle: July 1 June 30

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.

Eligibility Requirements

An individual is eligible to apply if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • 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.

Ineligible Expenses

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

Application Requirements

Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. A completed application in the Grants Management System (GMS) 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 (Optional): Materials such as press reviews, articles, marketing materials, etc.

By Mail (or FAX)

  • A completed State of Maine Vendor Form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in the GMS application.

Application Questions (to be completed in the GMS)

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

  1. Provide a description of the opportunity. Please include a timeline, the expected outcomes, and the costs associated. (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
  2. What makes this opportunity artistically strong? Please include the instructor's background and any benefits, certificates, or honors you will receive after completion of the opportunity. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
  3. How will this opportunity advance your career and creative practice? (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
  4. Please include any public good that may arise from this opportunity. Include any partnerships or collaborations surrounding this opportunity. (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
  5. 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 project plan, components and outcomes. (20%)
  2. Project shows evidence of artistic strength. (30%)
  3. Project shows evidence of benefit to the applicant. (20%)
  4. Project shows evidence of community impact. (5%)
  5. Applicant shows strong capacity to complete the project successfully. (15%)
  6. Application overall quality. (10%)

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by panels of public members, selected for their expertise. All grant recommendations are presented to Maine Arts Commission members who approve the review process, making the grant official. 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.

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 and specific 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 Arts & Media Director
Brita Wanger-Morier: 287-2750

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director (Interim) 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2713

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741

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