Maine Artist Fellowship
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Deadline: June 17, 2021
Maximum Award: $5,000
Required Match: None
Award Cycle: July 1 June 30

Maine Artist Fellowships recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are not grants, they are merit-based awards that are informed by an applicant’s work as documented through the application and support materials. Maine Artist Fellowships are available in the categories: Belvedere Handcraft, Fine Craft, Literary Arts, Multimedia/Film, Performing Arts, Traditional Arts, and Visual Arts. Applicants may only apply in one discipline category once per annual grant cycle. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Artistic disciplines require different application components, which are outlined in the Grants Management System (GMS).

Maine Artist fellowships are available in each of the following artistic disciplines. Each discipline requires its own application, which is submitted through the GMS. 

Belvedere Handcraft - Available to craft artists of Hancock or Washington County only. Artists working in clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, stone, wood or other studio craft mediums are eligible to apply. Craft artists in other counties should apply for the Fine Craft Artist Fellowship.

Fine Craft  - Available for craft artists engaged in contemporary studio practice and/ or traditional materials such as clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, stone, wood or other mediums. Craft artists residing in Washington or Hancock counties should apply for the Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship.

Literary Arts - Available to contemporary literary artists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, and other writing genera. Literary artists who work in the medium of scriptwriting for the stage or screen should apply in the Performing Arts Fellowship category.

Media/Film - Available to media artists and filmmakers working in the disciplines of film, video, animation, podcasts, web series, and other performative works that are presented through a mediating technology (not meant to be experienced live). Photography artists should apply to the Visual Arts Fellowship.

Performing Arts - Available to artists working in disciplines including theatre, dance, music, scenic design, opera, script writing and other genera intended to be presented as a live performance.

Traditional ArtsAvailable to a person for the experience and commitment to the traditional art form they practice. The program honors Maine traditional artists who have devoted their lives to keeping a particular traditional art form alive. These arts call for a deep connection to place and local practices and play an essential role in shaping a traditional artist’s work and repertoire. This could include maintaining cultural traditions in building, writing, music, dance, textile arts, carving, weaving, boatbuilding and other heritage expressions practiced by established populations or new immigrant artists.

Visual ArtsAvailable to artists working in disciplines including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, installation, and other visual arts genres. Digital art can fit within this category, but artists working with the moving image may wish to apply to the Media Fellowship.

Fellowship Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must have an active Maine Arts Commission account and current Vendor Code to receive funds. An individual is eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Is a practicing Maine traditional artist at the time of application deadline.
  • Has 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.
  • Is at least 25 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Is 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.
  • Has not been previously awarded a Maine Artist Fellowship.

Artist-specific application information:

  • ‘DUNS Number’ does not apply to individual artist applicants; just enter “1.”
  • If your contact information has changed within the past year you will need to fill out a new Vendor Form.

Application Materials

Please note that the various discipline categories have different questions that are asked within the application and that there are differences in the particular support materials that are required.

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 Grants Management System (GMS) and must contain:

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

  • Complete answers to any narrative prompts (Required)

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

  • Resume, bio, or curriculum vitae. (See specific Fellowship for details.)
  • A brief statement about the artist and their work. (See specific Fellowship for details.)
  • Artistic samples (Required): Images, audio and/or video materials, literary samples, etc. (See specific Fellowship for details.)
  • An itemized list of the uploaded materials (Required)

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 vog.eniam@glig.nitsrek

The Maine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the non-commercial promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs.

Application Questions (To be completed in the GMS)

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

  •  See specific Fellowship for details.

Review Criteria

  • Fellowship applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Decisions are informed by an applicant’s artistic excellence and artistic merit as documented through the application and support materials. See specific Fellowship for details about additional criteria.

Review Process

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. Fellowship notifications to applicants are sent in mid-October. 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:



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 Maine Artist Fellowship please contact the appropriate agency staff person based on the discipline of 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.

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.

Maine Artist Fellowship Staff Contact: 
Kerstin Gilg  207-287-6719
Director of Grants & Accessibility

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:

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