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DANCE EDUCATION GRANT

Application deadline:Spring 2018

This new program funds dance education residencies for PK-12 schools/districts to use for a dance program. There is no required matching of funds. Dance educators must be members of the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. 
Applicants may apply for awards up to $3,000. Applications will be reviewed on the following criteria.

APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA

  • Demonstration of high-quality teaching and learning for all learners.
  • Clear description of the project and its impact.
  • Description of the learning opportunity including objectives, outcomes (including performance information), and assessment methodology. 
  • Allignment with dance standards. 
  • Evidence of collaborative planning among the school educator(s) and the Teaching Artist(s) and evidence on how you will sustain this program.

The funding cycle for this program is September 1, 2017 through March 30, 2018. 

This grant is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Thornton Academy dance education program and seven collaborative schools/studios and the non-profit organization Dancers Making a Difference. 

PDF—Guidelines

ARTS LEARNING GRANT

Application deadline: Spring, 2018

Maximum award: $5,000

(Average grant award last year was $2,300)

This program provides funding to support high-quality visual or performing arts education for PK-12 students and/or educators of this population.

There is a required 50% in-kind cash match for this grant. (For example, an applicant asking for $5,000 must provide $2,500 of matching support.) 

The funding cycle for this program is July 1, 2017 through June 30, July 2018.

ABOUT THE ARTS LEARNING GRANT

Funds are to be used to enhance PK-12 arts education through teaching artist programs, connections with community arts education, curriculum planning, professional learning for arts educators, teaching artists and teachers of all content.

The proposal should include the use of best educational standards-based practices reflecting 21st-century teaching and learning.

PK-12 schools, community organizations, and cultural institutions acting as or in partnership with teaching artists are eligible to apply for the Arts Learning grant.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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

  • Is a nonprofit organization, legally established in the state of Maine.
  • Has a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, is a public school, or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government.
  • Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission awards received.

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

You are welcome to contact agency staff to discuss your ideas at any time prior to the application deadline. You may also request an informal consultation about your completed application narrative two weeks or more prior to the application deadline.

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

Argy Nestor Director of Arts Education, vog.eniam@rotsen.ygra or 207-287-2713.

GENERAL QUESTIONS—Questions about the application process or Grants Management system may be directed to Kathy Ann Shaw at the contact information above.

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:
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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