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CCED Phase I: Cultural Plan Grant

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Application Deadline: March 23, 2017

Maximum Award: $10,000

The Cultural Plan Grant is the required Phase I of the larger Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED) Phase II Implementation Grant or an opportunity for an organization wishing to create an independent Cultural Plan. CCED is a major grant program that encourages cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community cultural development that stimulates downtown development.

The communities themselves must be poised for growth and engaged in economic and community planning as well as development using other funding sources. Phase I will award successful community applicants a $10,000 grant to develop a Cultural Plan. Phase II will award one successful applicant the $75,000 implementation grant over three years.

There is a 1:1 required in-kind or cash match for the grant. 

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




Your 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 in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission awards received.


Applicants must speak with Julie Richard, Executive Director, two or more weeks prior to the application deadline. She can be reached at or 207-287-2710. 




A completed application in the Grants Management System (GMS) for the CCED: Cultural Plan Grant contains:



·    Completed answers to all narrative prompts listed below

·    Completed project budget (online form)

·    Financial Documents. An organization with an annual income of $50,000-$499,999 must include its most currently completed Form 990. An organization with an annual income of $500,000 and over must include its most recently completed organizational financial audit.

·    Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key personnel.

·    List of committee members, including individual affiliations.

·    Consultant’s proposal, including work plan and timeline.




·    Completed vendor form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in your application

·    Completed and signed assurances form


APPLICATION NARRATIVE (All character counts include spaces. 2,550 characters/page)

1.   Describe your organization. Include its mission and provide a brief description. (1,275 characters max.)

2.   Who are your community partners and what is their role in the planning effort. (1,275 characters max.)

3.   Who is your planning consultant? Outline the consultant’s past successful cultural planning efforts. (1,275 characters max.)

4.   What type of research will be conducted? Include both qualitative and quantitative processes, populations surveyed and methodologies used. (1,915 characters max.)



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 REVIEW CRITERIA CCED Phase I: Cultural Plan applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

·         Evidence of a high level of commitment from a cross-section of community partners.

·         Identification of a professional planning consultant to work with the applicant and community during this process.

·         Evidence of a sound planning process that includes research, strong steering committee representation, a detailed timeline and a comprehensive work plan.


The complete planning process is expected to take 12–18 months. The Cultural Planning Process requires a significant commitment on the part of the lead applicant, as well as the entire community or region involved. Applicants should not undertake this type of project without the understanding that it will take more funding, energy and time than what the Maine Arts Commission alone can provide. Applicants should be prepared to implement their completed plans without the assistance of CCED II: Implementation funding. Should you receive CCED Phase I: Cultural Plan funding, this does not ensure that you will automatically receive CCED Phase II: Implementation support.



You may request an informal consultation about your completed application narrative two weeks or more prior to the application deadline.



about the application or review process

        Kathy Ann Jones Shaw,

Senior Grants Director or 207-287-2750.


about the CCED I: Cultural Plan application

Julie Richard,

Executive Director or 207-287-2710



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.