Project Grant for Artists
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Deadline: March 21, 2019
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.

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:


  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts
  • Completed project budget
  • Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key participants
  • Ten pieces of support materials/ Artistic samples which could include:
  • Images
  • Audio or video (no more than 15 minutes in length)
  • Prose (no more than 20 pages in length), or poetry (no more than 5 poems)
  • Collateral such as letters of support, press clippings, agreement documents from partners, marketing materials, etc.
  • A list that itemizes the attached support materials

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 brief bio of yourself and your creative practice. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
  2. Provide a description of the project, including a timeline and the expected outcomes. (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
  3. Describe what makes this project artistically strong. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words)
  4. Explain how this project will advance your creative practice or benefit your career. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175words)
  5. Explain how this project will benefit the public. Identify the communities or individuals that this project will serve. Identify the anticipated benefit, impact, and reach of the project as well as any collaborations or partnerships that arise from this project. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175words)
  6. Provide examples similar projects you have successfully completed. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175words)

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. (20%)
  3. Project shows evidence of benefit to the applicant. (15%)
  4. Project shows evidence of community impact. (15%)
  5. Applicant shows strong capacity to complete the project successfully. (20%)
  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.


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 Project Grant for Artists please contac the appropriate agency staff person based on the discipline of your application.

  • Craft and Visual Arts applicants: Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director at vog.eniam@nroh.eiluj or 207-287-2790.
  • Media Arts and Performing Arts applicants: Mr. Kerstin Gilg, Media and Performing Arts Director at vog.eniam@glig.nitsrek or 207-287-6719.
  • Traditional Arts applicants: Kathleen Mundell, Traditional Arts Specialist at moc.oohay@1002secruoserlarutluc or 207-236-6741.
  • Literary Arts applicants: Julie Richard, Executive Director, at vog.eniam@drahcir.eiluj or 207-287-2710.

For general questions about the application or review process please contact Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility, at 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.        

Get Started in our Grants Management System (GMS)

Apply for a Grant

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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