Arts And Humanities
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Deadline: April 02 and October 15, 2020
Maximum Award: $1,000.
Required Match:  1 to 1 (In-kind or cash match)
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. Project may start no sooner than eight weeks after the application deadline.

Please note: Before submitting an application, the applicant is required to speak with representatives from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council.

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 an award. 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 Materials 

Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. A completed application submitted through 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)
  • 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 (Highly Recommended): 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 for 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. The form can be downloaded from the Grants Help page. - - 

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 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.
  2. Project shows evidence of strength in arts and humanities.
  3. Project shows evidence of strong community support.
  4. There is benefit to an identified population.
  5. Quality of project budget.

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.
For questions about award payments.
Please contact Darren Henry, Director of Operations, at or 207/ 287-2726.

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:

Interim Media & Performing Arts Director
Meg Fournier: 287-2713

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741