Partnership Grants
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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PARTNERSHIP GRANT APPLICATION RESTRICTIONS

Applicants are welcome to apply to all grant programs in a cycle, but will need to select one if multiple grants across certain programs are awarded. Grant awardees may NOT accept more than one grant from the following programs in the same year: Partnership, Project Grant for Organizations, or Organizational Development. However, grant awardees in any of these three programs ARE eligible to receive Arts Learning, Arts & Humanities, Creative Aging, and Creative Communities = Economic Development grants during the same cycle.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018 at 5;00 p.m.

Maximum Award:

  • Bronze Tier—up to $7,500
  • Silver Tier—up to $10,000
  • Gold Tier—up to $15,000

The Partnership Grant program provides much-needed unrestricted operating funds to arts organizations and establishes a process for partnering with the Maine Arts Commission to advance the role of the arts in strengthening communities and enhancing local economies. As part of this program, Maine Arts Commission Partners are required to provide impact numbers as they increase audience engagement throughout the state. 

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

The funding cycle for this program is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.  Funds will not be available until after July 1, and cannot be spent for activities outside the funding cycle dates.

Guidelines - PDF

REMINDER:

Partnership applicants at ALL levels need to complete, as part of the application, a Cultural Data Profile at Data Arts. For more information on what a cultural data profile is, how it will benefit your organization in addition to our Partnership Grant application process, and how to get started go to:

http://culturaldata.org/what-we-do/for-arts-cultural-organizations/

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 

Your organization is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:

  •     Is a professional cultural organization, legally established and located in the state of  Maine.
  •     Has a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.
  •     Has received and successfully managed a Maine Arts Commission grant within the past five years.
  •     Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission  awards received.

FUNDING TIER ELIGIBILITY

 

BUDGET SIZE

MINIMUM STAFF REQUIREMENT

AUDIT/990

GRANT RECIPIENT W/IN PAST 5 YEARS

CURRENT STRATEGIC PLAN

504/ADA CHECKLIST

MINIMUM OF THREE YRS PROGRAMMING

 BRONZE TIER

$50,000 to $499,999

One FTE

990

x

x

x

x

 SILVER TIER

$500,000 to $999,999

Two FTE

AUDIT

x

x

x

x

 GOLD TIER

Over

$1 million

Three FTE

AUDIT

x

x

x

x

 

Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations, including arts organizations embedded in universities and colleges, are eligible if they demonstrate that the arts comprise at least 50% of the organization’s programming and if they have an independent advisory board or council. Universities or Colleges in their entirety, or individual departments, may not apply.

A fiscal agent may not serve as an applicant for this program. The applicant becomes legally accountable for complying with the above eligibility requirements upon submission of this request.

APPLICATION 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

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 Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, at vog.eniam@wahs.yhtak or 207-287-2750.

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)

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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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