Resilience Artist Grant
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Deadline: February 18, 2021
Maximum Award: $1,000
Required Match: None
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30, 2021

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 Resilience Artist Grant will award funding of $1,000 to individual artists of all disciplines who live in Maine and whose creative practices and incomes are being adversely impacted by the Coronavirus Disease.

The Resilience Artist Grant supports the efforts of artists who are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID 19 related cancellations and closures; but are working to maintain some creative and economic viability during the pandemic. Artists that have made adaptations to their practice can use the grant to continue their efforts during these challenging times.

Please note that this grant is for this year and the funds must be used by June 30, 2021. This means applicants will be notified of award status in March, funds should arrive in April, and money needs to be used before July. Since this is funding for artists to continue the research and innovation they have practiced due to COVID, it should not be difficult to complete a final report by July reusing some of the language from the application.  

The Resilience Artist Grant may be thought of as a project grant with a relief component. Artists that have modified their creative practice due to COVID have had to research alternatives and implement new ways of operating. This grant supports how artists will use what they have learned into their practice. The application has the framework of a project grant, so thinking about navigating COVID as a project, may help in articulating the support you are requesting.

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 award notification:

  • Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Is at least 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Is 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 in the past year you will need to fill out a new Vendor Form

Ineligible Expenses

Funding from this award can only be used for efforts that address challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application Materials

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. Please note that specific artistic sample requirements will be more defined within the Grants Management System application.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

  • Proof of lost income or opportunity (Required) I.e. copies of emails, screen shots of cancelled Eventbrite engagements, cancellations, texts, letters from employers, 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. Describe the losses you have incurred due to COVID-19. Character count 900 max (about 150 words)
  2. Provide details of specific research, adaptations, skill building, learning, and solutions you have engaged in to address the challenges you are faced with. Please include how you plan to continue incorporating these practices in the future. Character count 3,500 max (about 500 words)
  3. Answer a brief multiple-choice survey
  • How has your income been impacted by CODID-19?
  • How have your expenses been impacted by CODID-19?
  • Have you failed to meet any financial commitments (pay bills) due to losses caused by COVID-19?
  • Approximately how much are your monthly expenses?
  • Approximately how much have you lost from your arts related job/s due to COVID 19
  • Approximately how much monthly income came from your artistic practice in the last 12 months
  • Did you seek financial assistance from any of the resources listed here?
  • If you sought financial assistance from other organizations, please list them.
  • Did you apply for and receive Paycheck Protection Program assistance?
  • Did you apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?
  • If you received PUA, what percentage of your normal average monthly income were you approved for?

Review Criteria

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

  1. Evidence of loss of income or opportunity in relation to the COVID-19 crisis. (50%)
  2. Evidence of resilience and adaptability in time of crisis. (50%)

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 should be emailed to all applicants by the end of March 2021.


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 copy of your executed award contract can be accessed on the State of Maine site at:



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: Megan Fournier, Interim Media and Performing Arts Director at vog.eniam@reinruoF.B.nageM or 207-287-2713.
  • Traditional Arts applicants: Kathleen Mundell, Traditional Arts Specialist at moc.oohay@1002secruoserlarutluc or 207-236-6741.
  • Literary Arts applicants: Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility, at or 207/ 287-6719.

For general questions about the application or review process please contact Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility, at or 207/ 287-6719.

All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with disabilities. All programs funded by the Maine Arts Commission must also be accessible.        


Grant information is available in large print format by request. 
Staff Contact: 
Kerstin Gilg  207-287-6719
Director of Grants & Accessibility

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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