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The Maine Arts Commission is a state agency that receives funding appropriated by the Maine State Legislature. In addition, the Agency partners with the National Endowment for the Arts for additional annual funding. The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state's cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the wellbeing of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.

The Maine Arts Commission offers grant funding to Maine organizations, individuals, schools, and municipalities. The grant cycle opens January fifteenth each year with the majority of deadlines before the end of March, with some offerings that have additional autumn deadlines. Funding support must be used for projects between July 1 of the current year and June 30 of the following year. If a project has components that fall outside of the timeframe, those components cannot be funded, although components within the timeframe are eligible for funding. All applications must be made through the agency online Grants Management System.

July 2020 report for the FY21 awards. 

The FY21 Grant cycle had a total of 224 applicants seeking funding from 9 grants offered by the Maine Arts Commission. The total ask was $977,986.00. Out of these applicants 150 received funding.

The FY21 grant cycle saw a 9% increase of overall applicants compared to the FY20 cycle. The year had a considerable disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The discovery of the disease in late December 2019 and the nationwide activity restrictions that began to be put in place in March of 2020 created significant issues for artists and arts organizations. These issues persisted through the remainder of the FY20 fiscal cycle which concluded June 30, 2020.

For a PDF of the FY21 awardees can be found here or at the link below. 

FY 2021 Arts & Humanities (spring) The Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council collaborate to provide Arts & Humanities grants that assist organizations in Maine to investigate and present stories and cultural expressions of the state, its communities and its people.

Applicant Community Project Title
Center Theatre, Inc. Dover Foxcroft Born in a Small Town, stageplay
Hewnoaks Artist Colony Center Lovell Hewnoaks History Project
Maine Jewish Film Festival Portland Maine Jewish Film Festival On-Line Films 
Midcoast Actors' Studio Belfast She Kills Monsters
Palaver Strings Inc. Portland Witnessing Change

FY 2021 CCED 1: Cultural Plan Grant The Creative Communities = Economic Development: Planning Grant (CCED Phase 1) provides communities or regions funds to assess their cultural assets (and needs) and create a Cultural Plan. 

Applicant Community Project Title
City of Biddeford Biddeford CCED 1 cultural planning 

FY 2021 ARTS LEARNINGThis program provides funding to support high-quality visual or performing arts education for PK-12 students and/or educators of this population.

Applicant Community Project Title
317 Main Community Music Center Yarmouth Digital Music Partnership with Portland Teen Library
Eastport Arts Center Eastport Wildlife Haiku for Middle School
Jazz Residency Initiative Denmark Jazz Residency Initiative 2020-21 Programming
LEAPS of IMAGINATION Rockport Wildlife Connections: 
Midcoast Actors Studio Belfast She Kills Monsters
Palaver Strings Portland Palaver Music Center Strings Programs
Penobscot Theatre Company Bangor Dramatic Academy Summer 2020
Portland Ovations Portland Cultivating Curiosity Through Arts  Learning Opportunities
Portland Stage Company, Inc. Portland Directors Lab Shakespeare School Tour

FY 2021 Organization Partnership - This program provides much-needed unrestricted operating funds to arts organizations and establishes a process for partnering with the Maine Arts Commission to advance the role of the arts in strengthening communities and enhancing local economies. 

Applicant Community Project Title
A Company of Girls (ACOG) Portland Partnership Grant
Aroostook Arts and Education Center Presque Isle Partnership Grant
Bangor Symphony Orchestra Bangor Partnership Grant
Bowdoin International Music Festival Brunswick Partnership Grant
Brick Store Museum Kennebunk Brick Store Museum Partnership
Celebration Barn Theater South Paris Partnership Grant Application for Celebration Barn Theater
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine Portland Partnership with Maine Arts Commission
Eastport Arts Center Eastport Eastport Arts Center: Where Creativity and Community Meet
Engine, Inc. Biddeford Organization Partnership Grant 
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Deer Isle Organization Partnership
Kennebec Valley Art Association Hallowell Year Three of The Harlow's Expanded Space and Programming
Maine Academy of Modern Music Portland Amplifying Inclusive Music Education and Performance in Maine
Maine Crafts Association Gardiner Maine Crafts Association General Operating Funds 2020-2021
Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Portland Partnership Grant
Mayo Street Arts Portland Organizational Partnership
Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation Ogunquit Looking Towards the Future
Opera Maine Portland To support a Partnership Grant for Opera Maine
Penobscot Theatre Company Bangor Partnership Grant
Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation Hancock Monteux School and Music Festival
Portland Chamber Music Festival Portland Support for the 2020-2021 season
Portland Museum of Art Portland Partnership Grant
Portland Ovations Portland Partnership Grant
Portland Stage Company, Inc. Portland Support for Portland Stage's 2020-21 Season
Portland Symphony Orchestra Portland Partnership Grant
President & Trustees of Bates College Lewiston Operating Support for a Restructured Bates Dance Festival
Schoodic Arts for All Winter Harbor Schoodic Arts for All Partnership Grant
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Inc. Madison Operating Support Urgent Needs

FY 2021 Project Grant for Artists - The Project Grant for Artists supports creative projects throughout Maine, assisting artists with the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

Applicant Community Project Title
 Alexandrou, Rachel Alna Foraged Feast
Allen, Judith Portland Mapping the Walk: a Fine Art Book
AtkinsonStephanie  Hollis Center "Promise Street" Album
Bailin, Janoah Peaks Island rong: a juggling video
Bannon, Ian Portland  Development at the TimeSlips Creative Care Institute
Bechstein, Christina Portland Love is an art material
Boardman, Michael North Yarmouth Website upgrade
Booher, Jennifer Bar Harbor Stained Glass Windows of Mount Desert Island
Caswell, Cole Peaks Island Survival Lines
Cordes, Hannah Portland Frantic Assembly International Summer School
Corral, Jennifer Coco Biddeford ARIA
Crossman, Stephanie  Vinalhave Technology
Cullen, Lynne Portland Walk Among the Shadows: Vices, Voices, & the Vote
Cylinder, Lisa  Brunswick New Directions
Cylinder, Scott Brunswick Oufitting a Workshop for Teaching Jewelry and Metalworking 
Daugherty, Michael Stonington Upwest & Downeast: Meandering the Maine Coast by Sea Kayak
droge, michel Portland Native and Endangered
Dunaway, Missy Cape Elizabeth Postal Art For All
Fein, Randy Lincolnville Artist In Residence Randy Fein iin Vallauris, France 
florance, kathleen South Thomaston developing mural sized work
Gardiner, John Bath Afterhumans
Goodale, Abraham Camden ACRE | 2020
Goulette, Jared Portland 2020 Electrical Box Beautification Project 
Greenhalgh, Fred Alfred The Collective - The Audio Drama
Grumbling, Megan PORTLAND "Persephone" Performative Book Launch
HARVEY, HEATHER PORTLAND Ceramic & Plant Sculpture Installation: The Residential Public
Jackson, Derek Portland Hi Tiger
Juli, Sara Falmouth Burnt-Out Wife at Bates College
Kapinga, Grace Westbrook Traditional Congolese dance and clothing stylist teacher 
Kuvaja, Maya Bridgton Your Gaze
Lawrence, Margaret Yarmouth One More Dream
Lee, Lee Blue Hill Mobilities in Maine
Lewis, Michelle West Bath Black Box Hotel
Losneck, Caroline Portland Aa documentary film about record producer Ethel Gabriel 
McAndrews, Dawn Harpswell  Creating Space for Female Writers and Directors 
McCulloch, Brian Portland When The Spoiled Prince Became The King(tentative title)
Mills, Dan Lewiston Human Topographies Print Project
Morlet, Madeleine Rockport I Need You To Need Me (Working Title)
Moulton, Pamela South Portland Engage Art Coach
Ng, Elaine Rockland Unweavings
Osborn, Alice Saco Gently Down the "Live" Stream
Parker, Brittany Rockport "We Can Do This," a Bee Parks and the Hornets Album
Perea-Kane, Sarah Cape Elizabeth Inflorescence
Platt, Lucky Burnham Website Creation and Marketing Support
Poitras Santos, Julia  (Julie) Portland The Stories Between Us 
Reid, Brian Rockland Website Redesign and Development
Shaw, Matthew Blue Hill Working Title: Morning View
Smiley , Nisa Franklin  Website and Imaging
Sonenberg, Daniel Portland New Work for Violin and Piano 
Spaien, Gail South Portland "Bonsai Cottage", a series of seven large-scale paintings
Stacey Curtis, Amy Lyman Op Hand
Sulzer, Andrea Woolwich From Paper to Glass
Sylvain, Robert Portland Mémère's Notebook Recording
thwaites, christina orono 'Subjective Failure'
Tipton, Mark Hancock Recording of Mark Tipton's "Joan of Arc" Film Score
Trautman, Michael Portland Death of a Clown

FY 2021 Project Grant for OrganizationsThe Project Grant for Organizations is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist arts organizations with the production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work, and the continuation of successful arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

Applicant Community Project Title
317 Main Community Music Center Yarmouth Deep Roots Music and Dance Program
Alice James Poetry Cooperative, INC Farmington Electronic publication, promotion, and distribution of poetry
Bangor Celtic Crossroads Festival Bangor Bangor Celtic Crossroads Festival October 1-3, 2020
Blue Hill Bach Blue Hill Production of "The Beggar's Opera"
Cobscook Community Learning Center Trescott Twp. Making in Place
Denmark Arts Center Denmark Music in Schools
Everyman Repertory Theatre ROCKPORT Malaga Island
Friends of the Strand Theatre Rockland "Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline!" Musical 
Hewnoaks Artist Colony Center Lovell 2020 Artist Residency Project
Ikirenga cy'intore Portland Rwandan Dance Workshops 
Jazz Residency Initiative Denmark Jazz Residency Initiative 2020-21 Programming
Maine Celtic Celebration Belfast Maine Celtic Celebration
Maine Jewish Film Festival Portland 2020 Maine Jewish Film Festival (rescheduled)
Musique du Jour Bath 2020 Kennebec Early Music Festival
River Company Damariscotta The Witch of Harpswell
Searsmont Town Library Searsmont Live at the Library
Somali Bantu Community Association  Lewiston Somali Bantu Harvest Festival
TEMPOart Portland Portland Gathering Stones
United Youth Empowerment Services Lewiston Film to Inspire New Mainers to Be Proud of their Heritage

FY 2021 Jane Morrison Film FundThe Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities that develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards. 

Applicant Community Project Title
Shaw, Matthew Blue Hill Workshop for filmmaking 

FY 2021 Organization DevelopmentThe Organizational Development grant is designed to support capacity-building projects for arts organizations. Grant funds can help address issues that include positioning of the organization, board and staff development, planning, financial management, and marketing. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

Applicant Community Project Title
240 Strings Portland 240 Strings at Home: Enhanced virtual instruction
Belfast Maskers Belfast Relief Funding during COVID19
Beloit Poetry Journal Foundation Inc Windham Strategic Alignment and Capacity Building Project 
Bickford Education Center Yarmouth Organizational Development of Board
Center Theatre, Inc. Dover Foxcroft Reconnecting the Community
Chocolate Church Arts Center (Bath) Bath Maintenance of CCAC Organizational during COVID-19
Creative Norway Norway Creative Norway Marketing Project
Fiddlehead Center - Scarborough Scarborough Fiddlehead responds to COVID 19
Figures of Speech Theatre Freeport Preparation of Materials for Touring Puppetry Exhibit 
Friends of DaPonte String Quartet Damariscotta New Season 2020
Greater Franklin Development Council Farmington  Cultural Coalition Development, Website & Calendar
Hancock County Auditorium Assoc. Ellsworth Community Driven Theater Program
LA Arts Lewiston Organizational Support for COVID-19 Impact
Maine Fiberarts Topsham Redefining Maine Fiberarts
Maine Film Association PORTLAND MFA 2021-2023 Strategic Plan Development
Maine State Music Theatre Brunswick Enhanced Marketing and Donor Relations due to COVID-19
Midcoast Actors Studio Belfast Midcoast Actors Studio Rebranding
Museum L-A Lewiston Museum L-A: An Organizational Assessment Process
New England Music Camp Association Sidney Snow Pond Marketing and Positioning Campaign
Palaver Strings Portland Palaver Strings Marketing
Points North Institute Camden Expansion to Bring Nonfiction Content to Online Audiences
Portland Bach Experience Portland Oktoberfest: Marketing Plan & Implementation
Portland School of Ballet Portland QuickBooks Upgrade
River Tree Arts Kennebunk Summer Arts Learning
Saco River Grange Hall Bar Mills Organizational Assessment and Community Interviews
Salt Bay Chamberfest Damariscotta Video Recording to Increase Impact: Salt Bay Chamberfest 
Salt Pond Community Broadcasting Co. East Orland Video Engagement with Millennials and Gen Zers
Schoolhouse Arts Center Standish Schoolhouse Arts Center COVID19 Recovery Project
The Art Loft Rockland Saving a Community Art Center in Rockland 

The Museum of African Culture Newfield  Digitalization of Distance Learning Web Development 
The Telling Room Portland Empower Youth Through (Remote) Writing and Sharing
The Theater At Monmouth Monmouth Theater at Monmouth Preparing for Future Crises
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Newcastle Outreach Through Expanded Digital Content
Waterville Creates! Waterville Waterville Creates! unified website
Western Maine Play Museum Wilton Association Of Children's Museum's InterActivity Conference

FY 2021 Maine Artist Fellowship Maine Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to 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 materials included in the application.

Applicant Community Fellowship 
Marzano-Lesnevich, Alex Portland Literary
Ballon, Dianne Portland Media
Frey, Gabriel Orono Traditional
Lee, Jocelyn Cape Elizabeth Visual
Odokara, Michael  Portland Performing
Haskell, Sarah York Craft
Whitten, Tim Deer Isle Belvedere Craft

Full List of Grant Recipients - FY  2016 | 2017 | 2018 2019 | 2020 | 2021 |

Fellowships - FY 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

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

Interim Media & Performing Arts Director
Meg Fournier: 287-2713

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741