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Grants to Maine Arts Nonprofits for Arts Programming that Benefits Senior Citizens

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Geographic Focus

USA: Maine

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Creative Aging Grant

Maine Arts Commission


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #170977

Grant Description

Grants of up to $2,500 to Maine nonprofit arts organizations in partnership with artists for activities that benefit senior citizens. Funding is intended for hiring pre-selected artists to work together with grantee organizations in conducting arts programming in community settings. Eligible programs should focus on social engagement, mastery of new skills, and intergenerational exchange.

The Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Aging program is grounded in the belief that the arts play a powerful role in enhancing the quality of life of older adults. Designed to generate opportunities for lifelong learning, social engagement and mastery of skills, the program provides new creative possibilities for adults over 55.

The Creative Aging grant supports the collaboration between artists and organizations in developing high-quality, participatory, arts programs for older adults. Funds are available to support the hiring of teaching artists to work in community settings such as libraries, senior centers, arts organizations, and assisted- and independent-living centers. Teaching artists must be chosen from the Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster.

Successful programs will:

  • Engage older adults in meaningful, creative activity and sequential learning
  • Incorporate creative aging principles of social engagement and mastery
  • Recognize the contributions of older community members
  • Promote intergenerational exchange

Eligible Expenses

Award funds may be used for expenses related to developing high-quality, participatory arts programs for older adults. Funds are available to support the hiring of teaching artists, the purchase of buying or renting materials or equipment, costs associated with production and documentation of the work, etc.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization is eligible to apply if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Is a nonprofit arts organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (Some multi-disciplinary or multi-purpose organizations, including arts entities embedded in universities and
- Has a valid DUNS number (https://www.dnb.com/duns-number.html)
- Awarded funds will be used within the award cycle
- If applicable, has completed Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards

An individual is eligible to apply if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Is an individual artist or part of an artist collective (collectives may only apply once per award cycle, using the name of an individual member).
- Awarded funds will be used within the award cycle
- If applicable, has completed Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards
- Is a current Maine resident who has resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline
- Will reside be a Maine resident throughout the project period
- Is 18 years of age or older by the application deadline
- Is not an enrolled student at the start of the award cycle (Please contact the agency if you have questions)
- Is collaborating with an organization that meets the eligibility requirements.

Ineligible Expenses:
- Debt or loan repayment
- Donations
- Equipment purchases over $5,000
- Fundraising
- Home office or home studio rent and expenses
- Activities for which college credit is given
- Lobbying activity

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: April 7, 2022, 5 p.m.
Notifications by July 31

The delivery of funds may take up to six months from the time of award notification. This means that grant awards 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, as long as it takes place within the award cycle.

Agency staff are always here as a resource for you. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate staff person a minimum of two weeks prior to submitting your application.

To access the portal applicants will need to create a (free) account. Applicants will also need a Vendor Code to receive an award. Applicants can get one by filling out a Vendor Form and submitting it to the Agency prior to the application deadline (see the Grants Help page or Supporting Documents below).

The applicant must have a valid DUNS number (https://www.dnb.com/).

Grants must be matched on a 1:1 basis from other sources such as cash, in-kind or grants.

Creative Agent Teaching Artists Roster: https://mainearts.maine.gov/pages/services/creative-aging-ta-roster

Creative Aging Information: https://mainearts.maine.gov/pages/programs/creativeaging#

Grants FAQ: https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Funding/Grants-Landing-Page

Grants Help: https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Funding/Grants-Help

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award: $2,500

Term of Contract:

Award Cycle: April 7 to October 31, 2022

Contact Information:

Online application portal:
https://mainearts-grants.maine.gov/account/login

Creative Aging Staff Contact:
David Greenham
Executive Director
David.greenham@maine.gov
207-287-2710

Maine Arts Commission
193 State Street
25 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0025
207/287-2724

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