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Maine Expansion Arts Fund

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
for Rural, Ethnic, and Indigenous Arts Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Maine Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Maine nonprofits, agencies, tribal governments, and public schools to support ethnic, indigenous, and rural arts projects and programs, with a special emphasis on serving areas with limited arts access. The purpose of this fund is to strengthen the future of local artistic traditions that have been influenced by the cultural heritage of immigrants to Maine.

The State of Maine has a rich and varied tradition of indigenous art. The dramatic scenery, solitude of long winters and distant neighbors, practical necessity and the strength of character of its citizens have inspired generations of fine craftspeople, writers, visual artists, musicians, storytellers, dance and dramatic artists. Maine arts have also been enriched by waves of immigrants, each with their own cultural heritage to contribute.

In ranking applications for awards, the advisory committee gives priority to the following:

-Artistic quality of the program

-Organizations that are developing and promoting the arts of their own communities, using local artists and other resources rather than importing art and artists from outside the region or state.

-Ability of the organization to carry out the project for which funds are requested

-Evidence of cooperation and coordination with other organizations and programs, within or outside of the arts

-Evidence of local support for proposed project (financial or in-kind donations).

-Projects serving underserved areas.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173176

Term of Contract:

Projects are rarely funded for a second year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is eligible to apply:
-Nonprofit 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt organizations, including most municipalities
-Public schools
-Public agencies working for the State of Maine
-Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior
-Non-exempt groups with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization, public school, or public agency.

Types of funding (often not supported):
-Many of the following expenses may not be funded, depending on the grant program. Be sure to consult the specific grant program to which you are applying.
-Operating support: ongoing administrative costs such as rent, utilities, office supplies, salaries (not tied to a specific project expense).
-Ongoing activities: continuing programs or projects that have no clear end date.
-Endowments or capital campaigns: activities leading up to a capital campaign such as feasibility studies as well as costs related to verbal or written requests for financial support such as fundraising events or appeal letters.
-Camp scholarships: funding for admission, enrollment, tuition, or other costs related to individual or group attendance at a short-term recreational or educational program.
-Capital expenses: purchases of property, equipment, or building materials related to the organization’s core operations.

What the Foundation will not fund, without exception:
-Expenses already incurred
-Political campaigns
-Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote
-Religious activities: including, but not limited to, religious services, promotion of religious beliefs, or activities that are restricted to church or religious group membership

All applicants to the Maine Expansion Arts Fund must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements. In addition, please note that:

-To be eligible for Expansion Arts Fund support for small, rural arts programming, applicants must have an operating budget of less than $250,000 a year and must have a commitment to serving rural audiences and communities.

-Community-based projects affiliated with school districts are eligible to apply. School-affiliated projects supported by the Fund must be open to the public. Curriculum-based arts projects from schools or school districts are not eligible to apply. Please contact a Maine Community Foundation program officer if you are uncertain if a school-affiliated project is eligible for funding.

-Grants will not normally be made for endowments, capital improvements, scholarships, a regular performance series, production costs of films or annual operating expenses (except for start-up support for new organizations and unusual circumstances where a one-time grant will meet a special need). Costs for equipment necessary to implementing a proposed project may be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. September 15, 2018. Decisions will be announced in late November.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Cathy Melio, Senior Program Officer
(207) 412-2002

Amy Pollien, Grants Manager
(207) 412-2012

Maine Community Foundation
245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

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USA: Maine