Arts And Humanities
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Deadline: October 17, 2019
Maximum Award: $1,000.
Required Match:  1 to 1 (In-kind or cash match)
Award Cycle: Variable


Arts and Humanities Grants support organizations in Maine that investigate and 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.

Please note: Project may start no sooner than eight weeks after the deadline.
Eligibility Requirements 

An organization is eligible to apply if it meets the following criteria:

  • 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.
  • Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council for previous awards.
  • An applicant has received approval to apply from both the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council
  • An applicant has not already received an Arts & Humanities grant within this funding 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, operating support or fundraising.

Application Requirements 

Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. A completed application in the Grants Management System (GMS) 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)
  • Most current completed Form 990 (Required, for nonprofit organizations (not schools))
  • Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter (Required, for nonprofit organizations (not schools))
  • 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.

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. Please include a timeline, the expected outcomes, and the methods you will use to evaluate project success. (Max: 2,550 characters - about 350 words) 
  3. Describe both the arts and the humanities elements of the project. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words) 
  4. Explain how this project aligns with the mission, goals, or the creative practice of your organization and identify the key personnel who will be doing the project. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words) 
  5. Explain how this project will benefit the public. Identify the communities or individuals that this project will serve. Identify the anticipated benefit, impact, and reach of the project as well as any collaborations or partnerships that arise from this project. Please include information for any public programs are planned as part of the initiative? (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words) 
  6. Provide examples similar projects you have successfully completed. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words) 

Review Criteria

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

  • Quality of the project plan, components and outcomes. 
  • Project shows evidence of strength in arts and humanities. 
  • Project shows evidence of benefit to the applicant. 
  • Project shows evidence of community impact.
  • Applicant shows strong capacity to complete the project successfully. 
  • Application overall quality.

Review Process
Applications are reviewed by panels, selected for their expertise. All grant recommendations are presented to Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanities Board who approve the review process, making the grant official. 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.


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.

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:

Performing Arts & Media Director
Brita Wanger-Morier: 287-2750

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director (Interim) 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2713

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741


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