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PDF—Guidelines

Application Deadline: March 23, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Maximum Award: $1,000

The Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council collaborate to provide Arts & Humanities grants that assist organizations in Maine to investigate and present stories and cultural expressions of the state, its communities and its people.

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

Project may start no sooner than eight weeks after the deadline.

ABOUT THE ARTS & HUMANITIES GRANT

These grants support projects and public programs that include or combine both arts and humanities disciplines. The arts build communities by helping them discover their cultural assets, building audiences and promoting the excellence of the creative sector. The humanities explore the nature and value of human experience through literature, history, theology, philosophy and the disciplines of social and political science.

The range of potential projects under the Arts and Humanities grants is limited only by the community’s imagination. The funding partners are particularly interested in projects that explore diverse cultures or represent rural areas of the state. Projects might include a local folk life festival, a community performance of a historical play, a school-based historical mural project or a project combining oral history and documentary photography. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Your professional Maine community 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 or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government. 
  • Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission or Maine Humanities Council awards received. 

An applicant may only receive one Arts & Humanities grant per calendar year. Applicants who have received an Arts & Humanitites grant two years in a row must wait a full calendar year after receiving the second grant before applying again.

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 required to contact agency staff from both agencies and discuss your ideas 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.

Anne Schlitt, Assistant Director, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 or gro.seitinamuheniam@senna.

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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