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Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes
for Arts Programming to Benefit Senior Citizens

Creative Aging Grant

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Maine Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

10/14/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Maine nonprofits, government agencies, and tribes in partnership with an artist for activities that benefit senior citizens. Funding is intended for hiring a pre-selected artist to work together with the grantee organization in conducting arts programming in community settings. Eligible programs should focus on social engagement, mastery of new skills, and life review.

The Creative Aging grant supports the collaboration between artists and organizations in developing high-quality, participatory, arts programs for older adults (55+). Funds are available to support the hiring of teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster to work in community settings such as libraries, senior centers, arts organizations, and assisted- and independent-living centers.

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  

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GrantWatch ID#: 170977

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award: $1,000

Term of Contract:

Award Cycle: July 1 to June 30

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization is eligible to apply if it meets all of the following criteria:

- The applicant is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service or is a unit of municipal, county, or tribal government, legally established in the state of Maine.
- Is partnering with an artist from the Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster.
- Is in compliance with 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 listed on the Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster.
- Is partnering with a nonprofit organization that has a valid DUNS number.
- Have 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.
- Are at least 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
- Are 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.

Grant awards may not be re-granted nor used to cover the costs of brick-and-mortar projects, permanent or capital equipment over $4,999 in value, operating support, or fundraising.

Pre-Application Information:

Creative Aging grants are awarded twice annually. 2021 deadlines are Deadline: April 01 and October 14, 2021. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Notifications to applicants of the spring deadlines are sent in mid-July. The review process and delivery of funds may take up to six months.

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

Only one project per applicant can be submitted to a grant program within a funding cycle. Organizations can apply to multiple grants with multiple projects during the same round of funding. However, there may be restrictions about accepting multiple awards.

All applicants must have an active Maine Arts Commission account and current Vendor Code to receive funding.

The applicant must have a valid DUNS number (

There is a required 1:1 in-kind or cash match for this grant. (Match waived for FY22)

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

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For specific questions about the Creative Aging application or for general questions about the application or review process, please contact David Greenham, Agency Director, at or 207/ 287-2710.

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

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