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Grants to Maine Artists to Support Professional and Artistic Development

Artist Springboard Grant

GrantWatch ID# 207870
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 $1,500 to Maine artists to support professional and artistic development. Funding is intended for skill development, the creation and completion of artistic projects, and other career development activities. The purpose of this funding is to help individual artists who are new to the grantmaking process and have not been funded through the Maine Arts Commission previously.

The Artist Springboard Grant funds Maine artists to create new or existing work, enhance their artistic skills and abilities, participate in opportunities that will benefit the artists’ career, and improve their ability to share their work with the public. This grant helps individual artists who are new to the grant making process and have not been funded through the Maine Arts Commission previously. 

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:
- Has not received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission before
- Is an individual practicing artist
- Is a current Maine resident
- Is 18 years of age or older by the application deadline

- 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

If your application is funded, you enter into a letter of agreement with the Maine Arts Commission, and you must comply with all requirements stated in that agreement. Your award money may take up to 12 weeks from the time you are notified. This means you may need to pay costs upfront with your own money and then be reimbursed when you receive funding from us. Award funds can be used to reimburse past eligible project costs incurred between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

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.

Term of Contract
Projects must take place between July 1, 2023 and 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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