Arts Learning Grant
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Deadline: March 14, 2019
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Required Match: 1 to 2 (50% match - In kind or cash match) 
Award Cycle: July 1 June 30

The Arts Learning Grant provides funding to support schools and organizations for innovative PK-12 arts education. This can be done through school programs, community arts education programs, curriculum planning, professional learning for arts educators, teaching artists, and teachers of all content. Applicants are encouraged to use teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster.

Eligibility Requirements

A school district or nonprofit organization is eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Is an organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, is a public school district, or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government in the state of Maine.
  • Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.

 NOTE: A school must apply through its school district. All paperwork must be conducted through the Superintendent’s offices. Communications and funds will go directly to the district to then be delivered to the applying school. The Maine Arts Commission will not contract directly with individual schools regardless of the project.

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:


  1. Complete answers to all narrative prompts
  2. Completed project budget
  3. Resumes, bios, or curriculum vitae for all key personnel, including resumes for teaching artists
  4. One to three letters of support from individuals or representatives of organizations or schools who can speak to their anticipated benefit from the project
  5. Lesson Plan/Unit showing learning outcomes and assessment tools
  6. Most current completed Form 990 (for nonprofit organizations only)
  7. Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter (for nonprofit organizations only)
  8. Additional support materials which may include:
  • Artistic sample Images (up to five)
  • Audio or video materials (no more than 15 minutes in length
  • Prose samples (no more than 20 pages in length), or poetry (no more than 5 poems). Press reviews, articles, marketing materials, etc.

        9. A list that itemizes the attached support materials

By Mail (or FAX)

  • A completed State of Maine Vendor Form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in the GMS application. (From the organization or the school district, not the school.)

Application Questions (To be completed in the GMS) (All character counts include spaces)

  1. Describe your project idea in two to four sentences. (Max: 638 characters - about 100 words)
  2. How does your proposal align with the State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts or other relevant standards? (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)    
  3. Describe how this project will address the needs of ALL learners and provide them access to learning opportunities. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)           
  4. Describe your partnership(s), collaborative planning, and the innovativeness of your project. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)                 
  5. State the project objectives and plans for evaluating project success. If this is an ongoing program, share how you will demonstrate growth and expansion from previous iterations. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)  
  6. List the professional teachers and teaching artists lending their capacity to this project. Please summarize their professional experience(s). (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)

Review Criteria

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

  1. Clear description of the project, the learning opportunities, and its impact. (20%)
  2. Alignment with State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts. (10%)  
  3. Demonstration of high-quality arts education teaching and learning opportunities. (25%)
  4. Evidence of significant collaborative planning among teachers and other partners, and the capacity to carry it out. (20%)
  5. Description of evaluation methodology with clear objectives and outcomes. (15%)           
  6. Assurance that the project will include certified, trained teaching artists and will provide professional development opportunities where appropriate. (10%)

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by panels of public members, selected for their expertise. All grant recommendations are presented to Maine Arts Commission members 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.

Funds are to be used to enhance PK-12 arts education through teaching artist programs, community arts education programs, curriculum planning, professional learning for arts educators, teaching artists and teachers of all content.

The proposal should include the use of best standards-based practices reflecting 21st-century teaching and learning.

PK-12 schools through their districts, community organizations, and cultural institutions acting as or in partnership with teaching artists are eligible to apply for the Arts Learning grant. Applicants are encouraged to select teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster.


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 specific questions about the Arts Learning application please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, at vog.eniam@rotsen.ygra or 207-287-2713.

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 & 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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