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Arts and Humanities Grants

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Agencies, Churches, Schools,
and IHEs for Public Arts and Humanities Projects

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Maine Humanities Council (MHC) and Maine Arts Commission (MAC)

Deadline Date:

10/19/18 Midnight


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations, government agencies, churches, schools, and IHEs for public programs and projects that combine both humanities and arts disciplines. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying.

This program is a collaboration of the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council with the goal of assisting organizations in Maine as they investigate and present stories and cultural expressions of the state, its communities and its people. These grants support projects and public programs that include or combine both arts and humanities disciplines.

The arts strengthen communities by spotlighting cultural assets and engaging individuals and communities in aesthetic dialogue resulting in inspiration, problem-solving, and creativity. The humanities explore the nature and value of human experience through literature, history, theology, philosophy, and the disciplines of social and political science.

Grant proposals are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:
-Quality of the humanities and artistic content of the proposed project.
-Clarity and thoroughness of the proposal and project design.
-Ability to reach a broad public audience including members of the disability community.
-Realistic funding and implementation plans including articulation of the value of the initiative.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177766

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award: $1,000

Term of Contract:

Project may start no sooner than eight weeks after the deadline.

While awards are occasionally made to the same organization in consecutive years for exceptional projects, this is not a regular practice.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must:

-Have an office or address in Maine, or have at least one member of the project who possesses a Maine address;

-Be a 501(c)(3) organization, a government organization (such as a federally recognized Indian tribal government or organization or state/local/city government), a church, or an education organization (school or school district, public or private institution of higher education).

-Not have received another MHC grant in this current year (with one exception: organizations may be awarded both an MHC and an Arts & Humanities grant in the same year). If you have questions around timing and eligibility, please call us to discuss.

-Not currently have an overdue final report for a previous MHC grant. Applications will only be considered when recipients have submitted a complete on-time final report on the previous grant.

If your organization is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you will need a fiscal sponsor.

This program does not fund individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission/Deadlines: October 19, 2018

Projects must begin no sooner than 8 weeks after these deadlines. Grant application deadlines are firm; online applications will not be accepted after midnight on the deadline date.

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

Notification: within 6 weeks after the deadline.

Applications are reviewed by staff members of both the Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanities Council. You are required to contact agency staff from both agencies and discuss your ideas prior to the application deadline. Applicants must speak with representatives from both organizations Jerome Bennett at the MHC AND Kathy Shaw at the MAC to make sure their project fits the guidelines.

In most cases, decisions on applications are available a few weeks after the application is received. However, the delivery of funds may take up to four weeks. This means that grant funds may be used to reimburse costs incurred for the project after the grant has been approved. Please plan accordingly.

Contact Information:

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

All finished application materials should be e-mailed to:

You are required to contact agency staff from both agencies and discuss your ideas prior to the application deadline:

Jerome Benett at the MHC

Kathy Shaw at the MAC

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine