Springboard Artist Grant
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Deadline: April 08, 2021
Maximum Award: $1,500
Required Match: None
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30

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 Springboard grant supports artist projects throughout Maine. Funds assist individual artists who have not been previously funded by the Maine Arts Commission, (with an exception of awardees of the Apprenticeship programs and the Resilience Artist grant) 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. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

This grant is designed to help emerging artists and individuals who have had difficulty being funded through a grants process. Applicants are encouraged to contact agency staff for assistance with questions with this grant. Cultural organizations that do not have 501c3 status may use an individual representative to apply, if appropriate. Awardees of the Maine Arts Commission Apprenticeship programs are eligible to apply, as long as they have not received agency funding from another grant. Awards may be used for things like materials, equipment, production, installations, tours, planning, production, preparation, exhibition costs, documentation of work, internships, workshops, and more.

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 not previously received award funding by the Maine Arts Commission (with the exception of apprenticeship awardees and  Resilience Artist grant awardees; as long as they have not also received agency funding from another grant).
  • 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.
  • 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
  • An artist may not apply for the Artist Project Grant and the Springboard Grant in the same grant cycle

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

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)
  • Completed project budget. (Required)

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

  • Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key participants. (Required)
  • Artistic samples (Required): This could include, images, audio or video materials, prose samples, poetry, etc. depending on artistic discipline.

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 of yourself and the work that you do. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
  2. Provide a description of the project, including a timeline and goals. (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
  3. Explain how this public will interact with this project. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175words.

Review Criteria

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

  1. Artistic excellence and artistic merit of the project plan, components, and outcomes. (70%)
  2. Project shows evidence of community impact. (20%)
  3. 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.


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.



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.

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.

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. 
Springboard Grant Staff Contact: 
Kerstin Gilg  207-287-6719
Director of Grants & Accessibility

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:

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