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CCED Phase II: Implementation Grant

Grants to Maine Nonprofit Arts Organizations and Agencies to Implement
a Cultural Plan to Boost Economic Development

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Maine Arts Commission

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Deadline Date:

10/19/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 over three years to Maine nonprofit arts organizations, governments, and tribal agencies to implement a cultural plan. Applicants must speak with program staff before applying. Letters of interest are due March 1, 2018. Funding is intended to encourage cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect cultural, community and economic development. A Cultural Plan is a prerequisite to a CCED Phase II: Implementation application.

Maine’s distinct quality of place is its primary economic asset. In addition to its spectacular lands, waters and coastlines, Maine’s picturesque towns and villages containing historic buildings, galleries and cultural venues contribute to the rich cultural heritage of Maine and its unique sense of place. The Maine Arts Commission offers this major grant program to stimulate downtown development through the creative economy.

The CCED Phase II: Implementation Grant will provide the applicant community with significant funds to implement its cultural plan. Successful applications will include a quality, professional community Cultural Plan that is attainable and contains relevant priorities for advancing the creative economy in that community. Strong, sustained project leadership must be evident.

The lead applicant organization is expected to plan and oversee project direction, management, and implementation side by side with their project partners. The organization will be required to follow its recently-developed community or regional Cultural Plan and it is expected that the CCED project will have a designated coordinator to communicate with the public, partners, artists and others involved in the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168123

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award: $75,000 over three years

Term of Contract:

The grant period will run for three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Your organization is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:
- Is a nonprofit organization, legally established in the state of Maine.
- Has a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government.
- Is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission awards received.

Pre-Application Information:

Prior to submission of materials, applicants must speak with Julie Richard, Executive Director, using the Contact Information below.

You are welcome to contact agency staff to discuss your ideas at any time prior to the application deadline. You may also request an informal consultation about your completed application narrative two weeks or more prior to the application deadline.

A cultural plan must be completed and included with your letter of interest. If the cultural plan is not submitted with your letter of interest, your application will not be considered.

The applicant must provide a minimum of a 1:1 cash and/or in-kind match.

Letter of Interest Deadline: March 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Application Deadline (by invitation only): October 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Julie Richard, Executive Director

Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility

Maine Arts Commission
193 State Street
25 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0025

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USA: Maine