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Traditional Arts Apprenticeship

Grants to Maine Master Artists to Train
Apprentices in Traditional Art Forms

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Maine Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

06/20/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Maine master artists to train qualifying apprentices in a traditional art form. The purpose of this program is to help Maine communities pass on their cultural heritage. Applications must include artistic samples for both the master artist and the apprentice(s).

Grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:
- Artistic strength of master according to the standards of the traditional community.
- Role of the artist and art form in community life and significance of tradition.
- Skill and commitment of the apprentice.
- Feasibility of work plan and likelihood of a successful collaboration between master and apprentice.
- Potential impact of apprenticeship on continued vitality of the traditional art.

Grant awards may be used for fees for the master teacher, supplies and/or equipment, travel expenses (for master or apprentice), books, and educational materials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180628

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award: $3,000

Term of Contract:

The funding cycle for this program is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:
-Master and apprentice have both resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
-Master and apprentice will both reside full-time in Maine throughout the apprenticeship.
-Master Artist is recognized by their community for expertise in a particular traditional art form.
-Apprentice demonstrates competency in the art form prior to the apprenticeship.
-Master is at least 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
-Master is not a student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
-Master is in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission awards received.

Grant awards may not be used to fund lodging and food costs. Grant awards may not be re-granted nor used to cover the costs of brick-and-mortar projects, non-project related travel or fundraising for the project.

If you have participated in the Apprenticeship Program for three consecutive years, please take a year off before reapplying.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is June 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

Applications must be submitted through the online Grants Management System (GMS). Agency staff are available to help. It is recommended that applicants contact the correct staff person a minimum of two-weeks prior to submitting an application.

The review process and delivery of funds may take up to six months. This means that grant funds may be used to reimburse costs that have been incurred for the project after the grant has been approved but prior to funds being disbursed.

Contact Information:

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 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship application please contact:

Kathleen Mundell, Traditional Arts Specialist

For general questions:

Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessbility

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

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USA: Maine