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Arts Learning Grant

Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Schools,
and Agencies for PreK-12 Arts Education

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Maine Arts Commission

Deadline Date:

04/02/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Maine nonprofit organizations, public schools, and government agencies for PreK-12 arts education. Projects may involve high-quality visual and performing arts programs serving students or educators. Proposals must include best standards-based practices that reflect 21st-century teaching and learning.

Funds are to be used to enhance PreK-12 arts education through teaching artist programs, community arts education programs, curriculum planning, professional learning for arts educators, teaching artists and teachers of all content.

PreK-12 schools through their districts, community organizations, and cultural institutions acting as or in partnership with teaching artists are eligible to apply for the Arts Learning grant. Applicants are encouraged to select teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster.

NOTE: The Maine Arts Commission learned during extensive data collection over the past two years that students in Maine’s most underserved regions have fewer opportunities for arts education. The agency therefore is earmarking funds for these regions of Maine. During fiscal year 2018-19, a dedicated grant of $5,000 will be offered to a single applicant from Aroostook, Washington or Oxford County. All other application processes will remain the same for this opportunity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179073

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award: $5,000

Term of Contract:

The funding cycle for this program is July 1 through June 30. Funds will not be available until after July 1, and cannot be spent for activities outside the funding cycle dates.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A school district or nonprofit organization is eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:
- Is an organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, is a public school district, or is a unit of municipal, county or tribal government in the state of Maine.
- Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.

NOTE: A school must apply through its school district. All paperwork must be conducted through the Superintendent’s offices. Communications and funds will go directly to the district to then be delivered to the applying school. The Maine Arts Commission will not contract directly with individual schools regardless of the project.

Ineligible Expenses:
Grant awards may not be re-granted nor used to cover the costs of brick-and-mortar projects, permanent or capital equipment, operating support or fundraising.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is April 2, 2019.

There is a required 50% in-kind or cash match for this grant. (For example, an applicant asking for $5,000 must provide $2,500 of matching support.)

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

Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster:
https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Services/Teaching-Artist-Roster

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://mainearts-grants.maine.gov/account/login

For general questions about the application or review process, contact:

Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Grants Director
207-287-2750
kathy.shaw@maine.gov

For specific questions about the Arts Learning application, contact:

Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education
207-287-2713
argy.nestor@maine.gov

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