Partnership Grants
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Application Deadline: March 1, 2018 at 5;00 p.m.

The Partnership Grant program provides much-needed unrestricted operating funds to arts organizations and establishes a process for partnering with the Maine Arts Commission to advance the role of the arts in strengthening communities and enhancing local economies. As part of this program, Maine Arts Commission Partners are required to provide impact numbers as they increase audience engagement throughout the state. 

The funding cycle for this program is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

REMINDER:

Partnership applicants at ALL levels need to complete, as part of the application, a Cultural Data Profile at Data Arts.

For more information on what a cultural data profile is; how it will benefit your organization in addition to our Partnership Grant application process; and how to get started, go to www.culturaldata.org.

IMPORTANT PARTNERSHIP RESTRICTIONS:

Please be aware that qualified organizations cannot accept, if awarded, both a Partnership Grant and a Project Grant for Organizations or an Organizational Development Grant in the same year. An applicant may also not receive both an Organizational Development and Project Grant for Organizations. Applicants are welcome to apply to all grant programs in a cycle, but will then need to choose if multiple grants across these programs are awarded. Grant awardees in any of these three programs ARE eligible to receive Arts Learning Grants and the Creative Communities = Economic Development grants during the same cycle.

Maximum Award:

  • Bronze Tier—up to $7,500
  • Silver Tier—up to $10,000
  • Gold Tier—up to $15,000

This program provides major funding for Maine’s arts and cultural organizations to enter into partnership with the Maine Arts Commission.
There is a required 1:1 in-kind or cash match for this grant.

This funding cycle for the program is July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

Your organization is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:

  •     Is a professional Maine cultural organization, legally established and located in the state of  Maine.
  •     Has a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.
  •     Has a history of at least three years of programming.
  •     Has received and successfully managed a Maine Arts Commission grant within the past five years.
  •     Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission  awards received.

 Funding Tier Eligibility:

 

BUDGET SIZE

MINIMUM STAFF REQUIREMENT

AUDIT/990

GRANT RECIPIENT W/IN PAST 5 YEARS

CURRENT STRATEGIC PLAN

504/ADA CHECKLIST

MINIMUM OF THREE YRS PROGRAMMING

 BRONZE TIER

$50,000 to $499,999

One FTE

990

x

x

x

x

 SILVER TIER

$500,000 to $999,999

Two FTE

AUDIT

x

x

x

x

 GOLD TIER

Over

$1 million

Three FTE

AUDIT

x

x

x

x

 

Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations, including arts organizations embedded in universities and colleges, are eligible if they demonstrate that the arts comprise at least 50% of the organization’s programming and if they have an independent advisory board or council. Universities or Colleges in their entirety, or individual departments, may not apply.

A fiscal agent may not serve as an applicant for this program. The applicant becomes legally accountable for complying with the above eligibility requirements upon submission of this request.

APPLICATION PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS

Please log into our Grants Management System. Your account is free and you can browse grant guidelines and requirements for all programs without applying. Your account also gives you the ability to add your entry to our Artists and Organizations Directory and to post press releases and events to this site's news and calendar sections.

ASSISTANCE

Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, at 207-287-2750 or vog.eniam@wahs.yhtak

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.        

Get Started in our Grants Management System (GMS)

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Need More Help?

For General Questions:
Senior Grants Director & Accessibility
Kathy Ann Shaw: 287-2750
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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