Creative Aging Grant
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Deadline: March 14, 2019
Maximum Award: $1,000.
Required Match: 1 to 1 (in-kind or cash match) 
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30

The Creative Aging grant supports organizations that develop 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.

Eligibility Requirements
An organization is eligible to apply only if it meets 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.
  • 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, 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:


  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts
  • Completed project budget
  • A Lesson Plan or Itinerary from the lead teaching artist
  • A copy of IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter (for nonprofit organizations only)
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.
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. 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. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words) 
  5. List the name, phone number, and email of the Teaching Artists you will be using. Artists must be registered on the Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster on the Maine Arts Commission’s website. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
Review Criteria
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 meaningful, creative activity and sequential learning. (35%)
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.

For specific questions about the Creative Aging application please contact Julie Richard, Executive Director, at vog.eniam@drahcir.eiluj or 207-287-2710. 

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.

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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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