Dance Education Grant
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Application Deadline: January 31, 2019

This program funds dance education residencies during the school day for PK-12 schools/districts to use for a dance program. There is no required matching of funds. Dance educators must be members of the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. 

Applicants may apply for awards up to $2,500. Applications will be reviewed on the following criteria.


  • Clear demonstration of high-quality arts education teaching and learning opportunity.
  • Evidence of significant collaborative planning among teachers and other partners, and the capacity to carry it out. 
  • Clear demonstration of equity and access to learning addressing the differences of learners. 
  • Description of evaluation methodology with clear objectives and outcomes. 
  • Alignment with dance standards. 
  • Commitment beyond the conclusion of the project.

The funding cycle for this program is September 1, 2019 through March 30, 2020. 

Maine schools/districts may only apply for these funds once. The funds are meant to be "seed" for starting a program that will continue with local funding in the future. 

This grant is made possible thanks to the generosity of the annual Fall Into Dance performance held during November at Thornton Academy. This performane is a collaboration between thirteen dance education programs in schools and dance studios. To date $21,231.00 has been contributed to the grant including a one time contribution from the non-profit organization Dancers Making a Difference. All of this money goes to directly to schools for high quality dance education programming. 


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.


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 Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility, at or 207/ 287-6719.

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

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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