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Grants to Maine Artists for Projects and Activities in Any Artistic Discipline

Artist Project Grant

GrantWatch ID# 180143
Agency: State

Funding Source
Maine Arts Commission
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maine

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/20/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $2,500 to Maine individual artists for artistic projects in any discipline. Funding is intended for the creation of new artistic work, the continuation of existing arts activities, and artist participation in programs and activities that will advance their careers. Projects can be on any scale.

As the Arts Commission continues to expand its reach to all people living in Maine, it is committed to offering accessible opportunities to people historically under-served in the arts, including people who speak languages other than English, people with disabilities, people who are LGBTQIA+, people living in rural areas, and people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. In upholding its responsibility to cultural equity, applications are strongly encouraged from candidates with connections in these communities and from all counties across the state.

Eligible Expenses

Awards may be used for the creation of work and the advancement of their artistic goals for things like:

  • Materials or equipment
  • Productions or installations
  • Planning and preparation
  • Tours or Exhibition costs
  • Residencies
  • Hiring other artists or assistants


Additional Eligibility Criteria
An applicant is eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:
- Is an individual practicing artist
- Is a current Maine resident
- Is 18 years of age or older by the application deadline
- If applicable, has completed all Final Reports, required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.

- Awardees of the Maine Arts Commission Apprenticeship programs are eligible to apply, if they have not received another grant.
- An applicant cannot apply for the Artist Project Grant and the Springboard Grant in the same grant cycle.

Ineligible Expenses:
- Debt or loan repayment
- Equipment purchases over $5,000
- Home office or home studio rent and expenses
- Activities for which undergraduate or graduate level education is given
- Projects that support or oppose a particular political party or candidate for public office
- Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group

Pre-Application Information
- Mar. 20, 2023: Applications Due 5:00 p.m.
- Apr-May 2023: Applications Reviewed
- Mid-June 2023: MAC Board Approves Grants
- Late June 2023: Applicants Notified
- July-Oct 2023: Grant $ Received
- August 2024 Final Reports Due

The goal is for all potential applicants to have the resources they need to submit a competitive
application. If you have questions about your project or the application process, please call staff.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award is $2,500.

Term of Contract
Award Cycle: July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Contact staff at 207-287-2724.
If you have questions about the technical aspects of the application form, or questions about
electronic submission, please contact:
Eli Cabañas, Grants and Website Manager

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

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