Dance Education Grant
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Deadline: March 26, 2020
Maximum Award: $2,500.
Required Match: None.
Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30

The Dance Education Grant provides funding to support schools for dance education projects that involve PK-12 students. Eligible schools must NOT currently have a dance education program in place. Applicants are required to use dance educators from the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster and there is an expectation that the project will be documented so others can learn about the work.

Eligibility Requirements 
A school is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:
  • The applicant Is an organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, or is a public-school district, or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government in the state of Maine.
  • Has not previously received a Dance Education grant
  • 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:

Online - Fields within the Grants Portal that will need to be completed

  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts
  • Completed project budget

Uploads - Up to a total of 10 pieces of support materials uploaded through the Grants Portal

  • Two letters of support (Required): One from a teacher from the school and one from the collaborating teaching artist from the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster.
  • Artistic samples (Optional): Images (up to five), audio or video materials (no more than 15 minutes in length), Prose samples (no more than 20 pages in length), poetry (no more than 5 poems), etc
  • Collateral (Optional): Materials such as press reviews, articles, marketing materials, etc.

 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 individual school.) 

Application Questions (To be completed in the GMS) 

 (All character counts include spaces. 2,550 characters/page)

  1. Provide a description of the project. Please include a timeline and the expected outcomes. (Max: 1,275 characters - about 175 words)
  2. How does your proposal align with the State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts standards? Include other standards if relevant (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
  3. Clearly state the objectives for the project and plans for evaluating the success, including assessment tool(s). (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words
  4. Describe how this project will address the needs of ALL learners and provide them access to the learning. (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
  5. Identify who will be involved with this project and how will they be collaboratinDescribe the school community
  • Describe the school community.
  • Describe who will be served.
  • Describe the teaching artist(s) from the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster and the professional teacher(s) from the school.  (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)             
6. Please explain your plans to sustain the work after this project is concluded. (Max: 1,915 characters - about 250 words)
Review Criteria 

Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria: 

  1. A clear description of the project and associated learning/teaching opportunities. 
  2. Alignment with dance standards. 
  3. Description of evaluation methodology with clear objectives and outcomes. 
  4. Clear demonstration of equity and access to learning addressing the differences of learners. 
  5. Evidence of significant collaborative planning among teachers and other partners, and the capacity to carry it out. 
  6. Commitment beyond the conclusion of the project. 

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. 


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 Dance Education grant application please contact Martha Piscuskas, Interim Director of Arts Education, at vog.eniam@saksucsip.ahtram 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)

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Need More Help?

For General Questions:
Director of Grants & Accessibility
Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719
Help by Discipline:

Performing Arts & Media Director
Brita Wanger-Morier: 287-2750

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director (Interim) 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2713

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741


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