Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanities Council
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.
Five Basic Tips for a Strong A&H Grant Application
1) The MHC and MAC are especially interested in funding programs that engage the public in a participatory and creative manner. If you are applying for funds to support a larger project, it is recommended that you highlight the public outreach aspect of your project and designating A&H funding to support it. For example: Can your project lead to a community dialogue? Can an A&H grant help you to reach a broader and more diverse audience than you might otherwise? You should demonstrate that your project aims for public impact and that it is free, subsidized, and/or accessible at a reasonable cost.
2) Your intended use of requested A&H funds is very important to the assessment of your application. Budget information should be clear and as detailed as possible. Please make reasonable budget estimates and do not inflate your request to try and reach the upper limit of a grant category—modest requests backed up by solid budget figures tend to be viewed more favorably. Budget details should reinforce your project narrative’s explanation about how you will advance the public humanities.
3) This program values collaboration as essential to the health of Maine’s cultural world. If you plan to work with other organizations on this project, please be sure to note this in your application.
4) The A&H grant category seeks to support public programs throughout Maine. If your organization is in an underserved area of the state and/or has not received a recent A&H grant, this can strengthen your application.
5) Clearly explain BOTH the humanities and arts content of your project and highlight personnel with humanities and arts expertise (described in an attached bio or resume) who are involved in a meaningful manner. While a short letter of support from a humanities and/or arts professional is not required, it can be an effective supporting document.
GrantWatch ID#: 177766
Maximum Award: $1,000
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.
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.
The applicant must provide a minimum of 1:1 cash or in-kind match.
You are required to contact agency staff from both agencies and discuss your ideas prior to the application deadline.
Deadlines for 2017-18 are on October 30, 2017 and April 12, 2018.
Grant application deadlines are firm; online applications will not be accepted after midnight on the deadline date.
Applications are reviewed by staff members of both the Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanities Council. 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.
Maine Humanities Council grant page:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Maine Humanities has office hours for grant queries; please ask for Anne Schlitt or Lizz Sinclair (207-773-5051):
-Mondays: 12 – 5
-Thursdays: 12 – 5
-Fridays: 9 – 5
Or, email staff anytime to set up a time to talk.
Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility
Maine Arts Commission
Anne Schlitt, Assistant Director
Maine Humanities Council