Creative Aging Grant
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Deadline: April 07, 2022
Maximum Award: $2,500
Required Match: 1 to 1 (in-kind or cash match) 
Award Cycle: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Creative Aging Grant

The Creative Aging grant supports the collaboration between artists and organizations in developing high-quality, participatory, arts programs for older adults. Funds are available to support the hiring of teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster to work in community settings such as libraries, senior centers, arts organizations, and assisted- and independent-living centers. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Have general questions about the Grant/Application Process? Access the Grants FAQ

All applicants must have an active Maine Arts Commission account and current Vendor Code to receive funding. An organization is eligible to apply only if it meets all of the following criteria at the time of application:

An organization is eligible to apply if they meet all of 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.
  • The applicant has a valid DUNS number. (
  • Is partnering with an artist from the Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster.
  • Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.

An individual is eligible to apply if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Is listed on the Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster.
  • Is partnering with a nonprofit organization that has a valid DUNS number.
  •  Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the project period
  •  Are at least 18 years of age or older by the application deadline
  •  Are not a student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  •  Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.

Ineligible Expenses

Grant awards may not be re-granted nor used to cover the costs of brick-and-mortar projects, permanent or capital equipment over $4,999 in value, operating support, or fundraising.

Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. Once an application is started, the applicant may revisit it to add materials or change answers. This can be done up until the deadline. When the application is complete, the applicant must hit the ‘Submit’ button on the final page. This locks the application and makes it ready for review. All application materials must be submitted through the Application Portal and must contain:

Online - Fields within the Application 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 Application Portal 

  • Lesson plans. (Required) Teaching plans or the units showing learning outcomes and assessment tools
  • Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter of nonprofit organization. (Required)
  • Artistic samples. (Highly Recommended) Images (up to five), audio or video materials (no more than 15 minutes), 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 award 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. Please do not upload the Vendor Form as part of the application.The form can be downloaded from the Grants Help page(Vendor Forms can be emailed to

(To be completed in the Application Portal) (All character counts include spaces. 2,550 characters/page)

  1. Provide the mission and a brief history of the nonprofit organization and a brief description of the artist. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words.)
  2. Provide a description of the project. Please include a timeline, expected outcomes, location, number and length of sessions, and anticipated number of participants. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words.)
  3. Describe the culminating event for this project. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words.)
  4. Describe the primary group that will benefit from the programming and how they will benefit. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words.)

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

  • Incorporation of creative aging principles of social engagement and mastery. (35%)
  • Incorporation of a culminating activity. (30%)
  • Engagement of older adults in sequential learning that is meaningful, creative, and of strong artistic merit. (35%)

Applications are reviewed by panels of public members, selected for their expertise. Reviewer recommendations are presented to Maine Arts Commission members who approve the review process, making an award official. Notifications to applicants of the spring deadlines are sent in mid-July. 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.

All applicants are notified of their award status (approved or declined) via email after the Commission members approve the review process. Awardees are also listed on the Maine Arts Commission website. Paperwork for an applicant to accept an award is sent via email. Award funding is delivered by surface mail in the form of a paper check. A grant is taxable income, however, the Agency does not send 1099 or other tax forms to awardees. A copy of your executed award contract can be accessed on the State of Maine site at:


Ask for Help

The staff at the Maine Arts Commission are ready to help as you prepare your application and navigate the Application Portal. We especially encourage first-time applicants and those new to grant writing to contact us for assistance. For more information, visit our staff directory


Grant information can be made available in large print format or other languages 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.  To learn more, the NEA offers an accessibility self-assessment checklist.  Please direct questions about agency accessibility and accommodation to Kerstin Gilg, at vog.eniam@glig.nitsrek or 207-287-6719.   

Creative Aging Staff Contact: 
David Greenham  207-287-2710
Executive Director

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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

Assistant Director, Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741