Arts And Humanities
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Deadline: April 01 and October 14, 2021
Maximum Award: $1,000.
Required Match:  1 to 1 (In-kind or cash match) (Match waived for FY22)
Award Cycle: Variable

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. 

Arts and Humanities Grants support organizations in Maine that present stories and cultural expressions of the state, its communities, and its people. Projects can be in any discipline and on any scale but must include both arts and humanities aspects. The grant is co-administered by The Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Before submitting an application, the applicant is required to speak with representatives from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council. Project may start no sooner than eight weeks after the application deadline.

Lizz Sinclair             gro.seitinamuheniam@stnarg                      (207) 773-5051

Kerstin Gilg                        vog.eniam@glig.nitsreK                           (207) 287-6719

Eligibility Requirements 

All applicants must have an active Maine Arts Commission account and current Vendor Code to receive funding. An organization is eligible to apply if it meets the following criteria at the time of application:

  • The applicant is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government, legally established in the state of Maine.
  • The applicant has a valid DUNS number. (
  • Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council for previous awards.
  • An applicant has not already received an Arts & Humanities grant within this funding cycle.
  • Applicant has discussed their project with a representative from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council.

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 

Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. 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. All application materials must be submitted throughthe 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 personnel. (Required)
  • A list of board members including their professional affiliations. (Required)
  • Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter. (Required for nonprofit organizations)
  • Artistic samples (Required) Images (up to five), audio or video materials (no more than 15 minutes in length), prose samples (no more than 20 pages in length), poetry (no more than 5 poems), etc.
  • Collateral. (Optional) Materials such as press reviews, articles, marketing materials, 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 yourMaine 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 and the Maine Humanities Council reserve the right to use submitted materials in the
non-commercial promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanities Council programs.

Application Questions (to be completed in the GMS)

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

  1. Provide the mission and a brief history of your organization. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words.)
  2. Provide a description of the project and a project timeline. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words.)
  3. Describe both the arts and the humanities elements of the project. (Max: 1275 characters - about 175 words.)
  4. Identify the key partners or organizational collaborators who will be involved with the project. (Please include support letters in the uploads section). (Max: 1,275 characters -about 175 words.)
  5. Identify the anticipated benefit, impact, and reach of the project as well as specific populations on which you are focusing. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words.)

Review Criteria

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

  1. Quality of the project plan and timeline. (20%)
  2. Project shows evidence of strength in arts and humanities. (20%)
  3. Project shows evidence of strong community support. (20%)
  4. There is benefit to an identified population. (20%)
  5. Quality of project budget. (20%)

The Panelists will also consider the geographic distribution of award recipients when discussing funding merit.

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:



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 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.

Arts & Humanities 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