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Project Grant for Organizations

Grants to Maine Nonprofits and Agencies
for High-Quality Projects in the Arts

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Maine Arts Commission

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Deadline Date:

03/25/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations and government agencies to support creative arts projects in various disciplines and on any scale. Funding is intended for the creation and development of new work, the continuation of established arts programs, and the production of high-quality creative activities.

Grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence and artistic merit of the project, plan, components, and outcomes.
  • Project shows evidence of community impact.
  • Applicant shows strong capacity to complete the project successfully.
  • Application overall quality.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179592

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award: $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization is eligible to apply if it meets the following criteria at the time of application:
- 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.
- The applicant has a valid DUNS number.
- Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.

Applicants are welcome to apply to all grant programs within a cycle but may only accept one award if multiple grants across certain programs are offered.

Grant awardees may not accept more than one grant from the following programs within the same year:
- Organization Development
- Organization Partnership
- Organization Project

However, awardees in any of these three programs are eligible to receive Arts Learning, Arts & Humanities, Creative Aging, and Cultural Planning grants during the same cycle.

Ineligible Expenses: 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-proposal Conference:

A grants information session will be held online on January 5, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 PM.

Register online for the grants information session:

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: March 25, 2021 by 5:00 PM

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

There is a 1:1 required in-kind or cash match for the grant.

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

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. This means that grant funds 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.

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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:

For general questions about the application or review process:
Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility
207/ 287-6719

For questions about award payments:
Darren Henry, Director of Operations
207/ 287-2726

For specific questions about the Project Grant for Organizations please contact the appropriate agency staff person based on the discipline of your application.

Craft and Visual Arts applicants:
Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director

Media Arts and Performing Arts applicants:
Megan Fournier, Interim Media and Performing Arts Director

Traditional Arts applicants:
Kathleen Mundell, Traditional Arts Specialist

Literary Arts applicants:
Julie Richard, Executive Director

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