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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

NEFA Creative Communities Exchange Call

Creative Communities Exchange, Produced by New England Foundation for the Arts - Call for presenters. 
Deadline 12-20-2018

Event date - June 6-7, 2019 | Montpelier, VT | #CCX2019

As a New England artist, cultural organization, or creative business doing important work in your community, you may be engaged in projects that connect arts, culture, and creativity to your community's social, cultural, and economic goals.

Share your creative economy strategies by submitting your community initiative and help to create the content for NEFA's biennial Creative Communities Exchange.

This fast-paced event gathers New England leaders from various sectors (including cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, economic development, city planning, philanthropy, research, government, and more) for networking and practical workshops prepared by their peers. Read more about this unique learning event.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Minsky Fund for Arts Education

Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education (Penobscot and Washington counties)
Deadline 12-15-2018

The Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education supports artists in residence to work with teachers to bring arts into the classrooms of grades three through five in the public schools of Penobscot and Washington counties.

Recognizing the important role the arts can play in a school’s curriculum, the donors established this fund to encourage teachers in grades three through five to work with professional artists to bring the arts into the classroom and, in addition, to integrate a variety of art forms into the standard curriculum. Grant Size: Maximum of $1,000

Teachers will work with professional artists from the visual and/or performing arts, including but not limited to film, video, and other media, theater arts, music, dance, and creative writing. Together, the teacher and teaching artists will design a program in which teachers and students will learn through participating in the art form. The artist will also work with the teachers to develop a unit that will incorporate the arts in a meaningful way, helping the school to meet the Maine Learning Results for Visual and/or Performing Arts.

All public school teachers for grades three through five in Washington County and Penobscot County are eligible for consideration. Although not required, teachers of the three grades are encouraged to work collaboratively to present one arts education unit, and elementary schools with enrollments of 100 or fewer students are encouraged to present one arts education unit for the school. If there is an arts teacher in a related field on staff, that teacher should participate in the design and implementation of the project.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Humanities Council Major Grants

Maine Humanities Council - Major Grants: $1,001 to $7,500
Deadline 01-30-2019

Support for a variety of larger humanities projects such as exhibits, conferences, films, and other initiatives.

Major grant projects have well-developed thematic content, broad public outreach, and strong scholar participation. The maximum allowed award of $7,500 is available only for exemplary projects under extraordinary circumstances.

Download the application and Excel budget form. Finished application and budget should be emailed to grants@mainehumanities.org


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stephen Sondheim Awards

John F. Kennedy Center – Stephen Sondheim Awards is accepting nominations
Deadline 12-31-18

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is accepting nominations for the 2019 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. This series of annual $10,000 grants recognizes inspiring teachers across the United States. The awards were created in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday and were initiated and funded through the support of Freddie and Myrna Gershon. Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim frequently attributes his success to the teachers in his life. The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards are presented each year on Sondheim’s birthday – March 22 – to a handful of teachers, kindergarten through college, who are nominated via the Kennedy Center website.

By spotlighting the extraordinary impact teachers have on the lives of their students, the awards celebrate the teaching profession, the important role of teachers in society, and seek to inspire others to pursue this noble profession. Along with the $10,000 Award, the selected teachers are showcased on the Kennedy Center website.

Nominees must be legal residents of the United States who currently teach or have taught in a K-12 school, college, or university in the United States. Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are eligible. For posthumous awards, the $10,000 shall be donated in the name of the nominated teacher, to an eligible non-profit educational organization. Such organization must be affiliated with a K-12 school, school system, college or university in the United States.  To nominate a teacher, you must be at least 18 years of age and must have been the Nominee’s student. Nominations can be a written, audio, or video story.

 If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out Kaitlyn Burke, at kburke@kennedy-center.org.


Friday, December 7, 2018

High School Concerto Competition

Bangor Symphony Orchestra Call for Maine High School Concerto Competition
Deadline 01-18-2019

For years the Bangor Symphony Orchestra has been encouraging and recognizing the outstanding talents of Maine’s high school instrumentalists. We invite you to become a part of this long history by participating in the 35th Annual Maine High School Concerto Competition. Download the application at the bottom of this page!

The first-prize winner for the Annas-Cupp Award will be featured in a concerto performance with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your talents and become part of Bangor Symphony Orchestra history!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award

ASCAP Foundation is accepting submission for Young Jazz Composer Award
Deadline 12-15-2018

Established in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the music talent of tomorrow, preserving the legacy of the past, and sustaining the creative incentive for today's creators through educational, professional, and humanitarian programs and activities that serve the entire music community.

To that end, the foundation, in partnership with the Herb Alpert Foundation, is accepting applications for its Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. Through the annual program, monetary prizes are awarded to encourage talented young jazz composers. To be considered, applicants must submit an original score of a composition accompanied by a CD (indicating the proper track, if applicable).

To be eligible, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or enrolled as a student with a student visa. All applicants must be under the age of 30.

For complete program guidelines and application procedures, visit the ASCAP Foundation website.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Open enrollment for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act is here
Deadline 12-15-2018

Enrollment is open from November 1st to December 15th.

You can get free personal assistance with enrollment by calling the help line at 1-800-965-7476.
Subsidies are increasing, and the vast majority of Mainers are eligible for them.
Please also forward this to your creative friends so they get the information as well.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

American Music Abroad Grant

American Music Abroad program 
Deadline 01-20-2019

The American Music Abroad program is designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions to the global music scene as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences.

Any characteristically American musical genres are welcome to apply in genres including but not limited to: Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country, Folk, Latin, Native American, Gospel, Hip Hop/Urban, Indie Rock, Jazz, Punk, R&B and Zydeco.

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, American Voices will arrange a series of Two-week long, multi-country cultural exchange programs including public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews and performances.  These tours will focus on younger and underserved audiences in over 40 countries around the world with little or no access to live American musical performances.  American Music Abroad ensembles are currently expected to travel in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America and Eastern Europe.

Prior to the respective tours, each ensemble will partake in an American Music Abroad @Home program in Washington, D.C., which includes performances and workshops at schools in underserved communities, immigrant community centers and foreign embassies.

We invite you to use this site to learn more about the American Music Abroad application process, the bands selected to serve as American cultural ambassadors, the countries they visit and to follow their journeys as they tour globe.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Portland Ovations Job

Portland Ovations - O2 Director of Community Engagement
Deadline open until filled 

With responsibility for directing and managing all Portland Ovations activity that happens beyond the concert stage, the Ovations Offstage (O2) Director of Community Engagement champions the vision and drives program expansion for Ovations Offstage in accordance with Ovations’ strategic plan O2020 and O2’s Three Pillars. Responsibilities span from strategic expansion to program design and execution to partnership development and department-related development activity. The Director of Community Engagement oversees the O2 School Programs Manager and collaborates closely with the Programming Manager to cohesively realize the execution of Ovations’ programs onstage and off.

Key responsibilities include:

·         Prepare, monitor and manage department budgets, O2020 metrics and annual goals.
·         Oversee the O2 School Programs, and manages the resources of that subset of activities.
·         Plan and execute all community-based, public activities with visiting artists including masterclasses, community workshops, talkbacks, symposia/panels.
·         Curate and moderate, as is necessary, pre-performance lecture series.
·         Direct and manage all Catalyst-level programs with creation/producing/community-intense residencies.
·         Leverage, nurture and define key community partnerships – and the collaborative programs thereof – that bring greater depth, breadth and visibility to Ovations’ community programs.
·         Lead development efforts in support of Ovations’ community engagement programs and initiatives including major donor stewardship and the preparation and submission of grant proposals. 
·         Work closely with the Marketing Department to promote Offstage events and help grow the audiences/attendance
·         Drive special initiatives that engage community and span departments, including our new program to increase dance audiences, Raise the Barre, and an accessible community ticket program.
·         Help realize Ovations Offstage’s use of potential new home.
·         Provide leadership to the O2 Circle of Advisors committee of stakeholders, partners and board members.

·         Lead expansion efforts related to vacation camps and afternoon programs.

·         3+ years management experience in senior level position(s).
·         Experience working collaboratively across departments to develop and manage inter-departmental initiatives.
·         Experience working with non-profit boards and related committees.
·         Non-profit development experience.

Skills & Qualities
·         Optimistic, visionary self-starter with excellent organization and communication skills.
·         Excellent analytic skills and fluency with budgets.
·         Results-oriented, problem-solving strategic, flexible and creative thinker.
·         A commitment to working with diverse communities.
·         High proficiency in MS Office.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Weekend and evening hours required. Compensation commensurate with experience.

To apply send a cover letter and resume to info@portlandovations.org

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Kress Foundation Art Conservation Grants

Kress Foundation Invites Applications for Art Conservation Projects
Deadline 01-15-2019

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is accepting applications for its Conservation Grants Program, which provides support for the professional practice of art conservation, including conservation research, scholarly publications, and international conferences and symposia.

The program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, the development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focused on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events.

Grants are awarded to U.S.-based nonprofit institutions with 501(c)(3) status, including supporting foundations of European institutions

In previous years, grant amounts have ranged from $12,000 to $98,000.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Big Read Grant

Big Read Accepting Grant Applications for Community-Wide Reading Programs
Deadline 01-24-2019 

The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, aims to restore reading to the center of American culture. Managed by Arts Midwest, the program provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources that support efforts to inspire their community to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet.

Community organizations participating in the Big Read develop and produce reading programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse local audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community's chosen book or poet. Activities must focus on a book or poet from the Big Read Library. Previous grantees must select a different reading choice from their previous programming.

The program is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop reading programs between September 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. Organizations selected to participate receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately seventy-five organizations will be selected from communities of varying size in the United States.

Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging between $5,000 and $15,000. Grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis with non-federal funds. Grant funds may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, advertising, and venue rental.

Applicant organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Arnot Museum Regional Artist Call

Arnot Museum Regional Artist Call
Deadline 02-06-2019

Artists must be 18 or older and live in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Work over 5 years old or shown before in any Arnot Art Museum exhibition is not eligible. There is a maximum of two entries per artist. All painting and drawing media, sculpture, graphics, photography, clay, textiles, jewelry, wood or metal work, and mixed media are eligible for entry. Works should not exceed 96 inches in any one dimension or weigh more than 150 pounds.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

HIT-Festival Call to Relief Printing Artists

Norway's first International Festival of Relief Printing
Deadline 12-31-2018

Norway's first International Festival of Relief Printing. The HIT-festival will be launched in May 2019. It aims at celebrating tradition and innovation within relief print, woodcut and linocut etc.

The culture division of Haugesund Municipality, will together with non-profit culture organisations, cooperate to present pictorial art in Haugesund. The Haugesund International Festival of Relief Printing (The HIT Festival) and the AVTRYKK Festival will both be opened in May 2019. From 9th to 12th May the Haugesund Society of Fine Art and the Norwegian Art Societies will arrange the AVTRYKK Festival and invite to exhibitions and activities at different venues in the centre of Haugesund. Friday 10th May at 1900 hours The HIT Festival will be opened. This is a comprehensive relief print exhibition with contributors from all over the world. During the weekend there will be awards for the three best pieces of art, a gala in Haugesund Museum of Fine Arts, exhibitions, workshops and seminars.

We wish you most sincerely welcome to an exiting weekend, filled with exhibitions and activities for children and adults alike.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award

Ezra Jack Keats Book Award
Deadline 12-31-2018

Known collectively as the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, the New Writer Award was established in 1985 and the New Illustrator Award in 2001 to recognize and encourage emerging talent in the field of children’s books. Many past winners have gone on to distinguished careers, creating books beloved by parents, children, librarians and teachers around the world.

The EJK Book Award is given annually to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. An Honor Books category was added in 2012. A distinguished selection committee of early childhood education specialists, librarians, illustrators and experts in children’s literature reviews the entries, seeking books that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world. The EJK Book Award was co-presented by the New York Public Library from 1986 to 2011. Since 2012, the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection has co-presented the award at the Children’s Book Festival, held in April at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg.

To be eligible, writers and illustrators must have had no more than three books previously published. The award includes a prize of $3,000 for each winner.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Creative Communities Exchange Call for Workshops

Creative Communities Exchange Call for Workshops
Deadline 12-20-2018

Creative Communities Exchangegathers people from across New England for networking and learning every other June. Submit your community initiative to promote your creative community, tell your story, and create the content for this unique peer-to-peer exchange.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Puffin Foundation Arts Grants

Puffin Foundation Grants 
Deadline 12-15-2018

For the upcoming cycle we will review grants only in the following fields: Music, Photography, & Theater. The Puffin Foundation Ltd. continues to make grants that encourage emerging artists whose works might have difficulty being aired due to their genre and/or social philosophy.  Your potential application should meet this criteria.

Application forms are not available electronically, but can be requested by sending a SASE (#10 business letter sized, self-addressed stamped envelope) to the address below. Applications postmarked after the deadline date will not be reviewed.

To receive an application packet please send a SASE (#10 self-addressed stamped envelope) to:

Puffin Foundation Ltd.
Application Request
20 Puffin Way
Teaneck, NJ 07666-4111


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Libra Foundation Grants

Libra Foundation grants for Maine nonprofits
Deadline 02-15-2019

The Libra Foundation is a private foundation established by Elizabeth B. Noyce which became active in June, 1989.

Meetings of the Trustees to consider grant requests are held quarterly in March, June, September and December. Applications may be submitted at any time, but must be received by February 15th, May 15th, August 15th and November 15th to be considered at the next regular meeting of the Trustees. In case of a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next business day. The Foundation does not accept facsimile submissions. The Application must be dated and signed by an authorized representative of the organization applying.

The Foundation limits its grants to charitable organizations, activities, operations or purposes which only take place within the State of Maine.

The Foundation does not normally award grants to supplement annual campaigns for regular operations nor make multiple year gifts. Having made a grant to a charitable organization, the Foundation does not generally make a subsequent grant for the same purpose. In most cases, grants will not exceed $25,000. Grants are not made to individuals, nor for scholarships, fellowships, or travel, nor in the form of loans.


Saturday, November 24, 2018

UMO Theatre and Music Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities for U Maine Orono performing arts students
Deadline Various (December 1 and February 1) 

University of Maine Theatre Arts Scholarship
The University of Maine Theatre Arts scholarship is a merit scholarship created to provide financial support for the best and most talented theatre students to study theatre at the University of Maine’s School of Performing Arts. Scholarships will be offered to incoming theatre students who are identified as having a talent and commitment for theatre. These scholarships are $3000 a year, for up to four years; totaling a potential for up to $12,000 in financial support. Awards may also be given to transfer students for up to three years.

University of Maine Music Performance Scholarship
This scholarship opportunity is for incoming first-year student musicians in all majors and degree programs (not solely music). Students may be nominated for this scholarship to the Music Department by a music teacher or music director or be observed in performance by a Music Department faculty member. These scholarships are $3000 a year, for up to four years; totaling a potential for up to $12,000 in financial support. Awards may also be given to transfer students for up to three years.Scholarship students must participate each semester in an ensemble that is approved by the Chair of the Division of Music.

University of Maine Music Major Scholarship
This scholarship opportunity is available to both current and incoming students majoring in music at the University of Maine.  In addition to the application form, students must also submit a recording of their playing and a letter of recommendation.

Complete information at:

Friday, November 23, 2018

Arctic Circle Residency

Call for Applications The Arctic Circle Residencies
Deadline 01-15-2019

The Arctic Circle Summer Solstice Expedition
The Arctic Circle Autumn Art & Science Expedition

The Arctic Circle seeks applications from international contemporary artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, educators and innovators alike.

We ask applicants to submit all materials by email only to: apply@thearcticcircle.org There are no application fees.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Shubert Foundation Grants

Shubert Foundation Accepting Applications for Performing Arts Grants
Deadline 10-17-2018 or 12-05-2018

Applications in the dance, arts related, and education categories must be submitted in October.
Theater applications must be submitted by December.

The Shubert Foundation  in New York City is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance.

The foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support rather than for specific project funding. Grants are awarded exclusively to U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Nonprofit, professional resident theater companies are the primary recipients of Schubert Foundation funding, with an emphasis on producing, rather than presenting, organizations. A smaller amount of funding is provided for dance companies. The foundation also makes a limited number of grants to arts-related nonprofit organizations that  support the development of theater and dance, and to graduate drama departments at private universities.

Grants will be made only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record as well as a track record of fiscal responsibility. The foundation does not provide funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidies of reduced-price admissions, media (film, TV, and radio), renovation projects, or capital or endowment campaigns. No grants are made to conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations).


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

NEH Research Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grants
Deadline 12-05-2018

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for its Collaborative Research grant program, which encourages collaboration that proposes diverse approaches to topics, incorporates multiple points of view, and explores new avenues of inquiry that lead to publications and other resources for scholarly and/or a general audience.

Collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars eager to engage in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and employ humanistic methods.

To be eligible, projects also must propose tangible and sustainable outcomes such as co-authored or multi-authored books; born-digital publications; themed issues of peer-reviewed journals; and content-rich open-access digital resources (for example, websites, databases, or tools). All project outcomes must be based on and convey interpretive humanities research. All grantees are expected to disseminate the results of their work to scholarly and/or a general audience.

Collaborative Research offers three types of awards to address different sorts of projects and stages of development.

1) Convening Grants: One-year grants of $50,000 will be awarded to fund conferences and working group meetings designed to sharpen the chosen research topic and discuss/plan the subsequent publication.

2) Publication Grants: Grants up to $250,000 over three years will be awarded to support the completion of a project's publication goals. Publications can appear in traditional print or digital form. (Note: costs paid to publishers and subventions are not supported.)

3) Archaeology Grants: Grants of up to $250,000 over three years will be awarded to support projects that lead to publication.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

USArtists International Grant

Mid Atlantic Arts Accepting Applications for USArtists International Grant Program
Deadline 12-07-2018

Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the USArtists International program supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe.

USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange, and enhancing the creative and professional development of U.S. based artists by providing connections with presenters, curators, and artists around the world.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and/or for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside the U.S.

Applicants must be professional dance, music, or theater ensembles or solo artists, including practitioners of folk and traditional forms or be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. If an ensemble, a majority of the applicant's members must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (whether a U.S.-based ensemble or a collaborative project with artists in the host country); and, if a solo performer, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and be invited to perform as a soloist without accompaniment.

To be eligible, festivals must be sponsored or organized primarily by a non-U.S.-based organization; be international in scope, with representation from at least two countries outside the host country, or have a U.S. theme with representation from at least three U.S. ensembles and/or solo artists; reach a wide audience and be open and marketed to the general public; provide some support in the form of cash remuneration or paid or in-kind contributions toward eligible project expenses; and provide the applicant with a signed letter of invitation or signed contract to perform at the festival.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Project Grant

Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Project Grants
Deadline 12-14-2018  

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation announces Project Grants for Maine artists working in the visual arts.

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation offers five $5000.00 grants for projects completed within the grant year 2019. We are interested in supporting bold, compelling, risk taking work in and outside of the standard exhibition venue.

Successful projects value unconventional approaches to art making, critical dialogue, collaboration and new models of community interface. Applications may address a distinct chapter, aspect or component of a larger project.

Interventions, site specific installations, publications, curatorial projects, web or media based work is all welcome. community engagement and collaboration in and outside the arts is encouraged.

A narrative, 10 work samples, resume, and budget are required. Failure submit a final report will result in ineligibility for any further grants. Recipients must credit the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation in all public communication.

And if you have any further questions please call or email Donna McNeil at 207-594-5825, donna@ellis-beauregardfoundation.org


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Call For Scripts: Maine Playwrights Festival

Acorn Productions call for scripts for Maine Playwrights Festival
Deadline 11-26-2018

Acorn Productions, producers of the annual Maine Playwrights Festival, announces that they have begun accepting scripts for this year's long-running incubator for new plays by local playwrights. Anybody living in Maine is eligible to submit a new play between 8 and 30 minutes in length for consideration in the festival.

Acorn's 2018 Maine Playwrights Festival will be comprised of two weekends of fully staged performances of short plays, to be performed at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage (25 Forest Avenue) in Portland. Acorn anticipates selecting 5 to 8 plays for production this year. The selected playwrights will receive extensive support revising their pieces during a workshop phase before the plays go into rehearsals. In addition to the festival productions, several playwrights whose work is not selected for inclusion in the full festival will also be offered the opportunity to workshop their plays  and have them shared in an evening of dramatic readings.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Maine Craft Apprentice Program

Maine Craft Apprentice Program Call
Deadline 12-07-2018

The Maine Craft Apprentice Program (MaineCAP) lasts for seven months, March through September. Applicants apply jointly, providing clear, agreed upon goals, a basic plan for how goals will be achieved, and a proposed budget for the apprentice’s honorarium. Both must also submit resumes and images of current work.

Both receive honorariums based on a recommended one hundred hours of one-on-one training ($3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice). The honorarium for the master artist covers their time and transference of knowledge/expertise, while the apprentice’s funds are for supplies/equipment.

Eligibility requires participants to be at least eighteen years of age, current Maine residents, and apprentices must demonstrate foundational skills in the medium they wish to pursue.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of Maine professionals for a first round elimination. The panel also interviews the finalist pairs with awards given to three or more joint applicants.


Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foudation Grants

Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant
Deadline 12-15-2018

Individual Support grants available to painters, printmakers and sculptors with a minimum of 20 years in a mature phase; grant amounts are determined each year.  

The Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success.

Please note that these grants are available only to mature individual visual artists. The Foundation defines maturity in this case as having worked for 20 years or more in a mature phase of art. 

The Gottlieb Foundation does not fund organizations, educational institutions, students, graphic artists, or those working in crafts. The disciplines of photography, film, video, or related forms are not eligible unless the work directly involves, or can be interpreted as, painting or sculpture. The Foundation does not fund exhibitions, installations, or projects of any kind.

Last year, the Foundation awarded grants of $25,000 each to 12 artists.

This program was conceived in order to recognize and support the serious, fully-committed artist, and we hope these individuals will consider applying. Twelve grants are awarded each year. Applications are reviewed by a panel of five professionals in the arts who have no affiliation with the Foundation. In this program, the following criteria must be met:

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have been working in a mature phase of their art for at least 20 years. Maturity is based on the level of intellectual, technical, and creative development maintained over this time period. Artists must show that their primary involvement has been with their artistic goals, regardless of other personal or financial responsibilities. Artists must work in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking.


In addition to the maturity requirement, eligibility for an Individual Support grant is determined by the applicant’s current financial need. Each applicant must complete the financial disclosure section in full and must submit the appropriate financial documentation.


Friday, November 16, 2018

NEFA NEST Performing Arts Grants

New England Foundation for the Arts, New England State Touring grant for performing arts 
Deadline 12-01-2018

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has a mission to cultivate and promote the arts in New England and beyond. Their programs support artists across many forms of expression and many geographies, connecting them with collaborators and communities, fueling creative exchange and public discourse, and strengthening the creative economy.

The New England State Touring (NEST) grant funds presentations of New England-based artists from outside of a presenter’s state (eg. A Maine venue can bring in a Vermont artist). Nonprofit organizations, schools, or government entities based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are eligible to apply.



Translation Project Funding

National Endowment for the Arts - Translation Project Funding
Deadline 12-05-2018

Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
Deadline 12-01-2018

The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is offering funding in the following program areas: Arts and Creativity; Health and Well-Being; Rights of Mother Earth; Sustainable Communities and Economies; Leadership Development; and Rights, Equity, and Justice. Grants range from $250 to $10,000, with an average of $5,000.


Save American's Treasures Grant

Save American's Treasures Grant 
Deadline 12-03-2018

Funds preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Program is administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities.

This program funds preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant historic collections and properties. Collections or historic properties not meeting this criterion will receive no further consideration during the application process.

Collections include artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art.

Properties include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects.

All projects must be nationally significant. This means that the proposed grant project concerns


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

National Dance Project

National Dance Project - Presentation Grants
Deadline 11-17-2018

Presentation Grants are made to U.S. nonprofit presenting organizations to support the engagements of NDP awarded projects on tour by subsidizing up to 50% of the artist's fee (including housing, per diem, and travel).


Haymarket Sustaining Grant

Haymarket Sustaining Grant for social justice projects
Deadline 11-28-2018

At Haymarket, we stand firm to uphold our mission of supporting grassroots groups across New England by providing much needed resources. For over forty years we've been providing money to almost every major social justice movement in New England. We are moving forward with a commitment to anti-racist organizing and the deepest respect for the efforts and accomplishments of the groups we fund.

Haymarket currently offers two kinds of grants - Sustaining Grants and Urgent Response Grants - for social justice organizing work happening in the New England region . We are committed to supporting both urban and rural organizing across the region. In addition to supporting groups that have a long history of grassroots organizing, we also support start up and emerging organizations. We make grants for both general operating support and project work.

Haymarket makes grants in the 6 New England states:
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

Sustaining Grants are up to $10,000 for grassroots, social change organizations that meet our funding criteria. Grant sizes are determined after a careful evaluation of each proposal taking into account Haymarket’s criteria and commitment to strengthening anti-racist movement building in New England.

Haymarket makes Urgent Response grants of up to $1000/yr to help grassroots, social change organizations respond quickly to unforseen crises that critically affect their organization and constituency.

Urgent Response grants are available on an ongoing basis.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

On Screen/In Person Film Program

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person touring grants for filmmakers 
Deadline 12-07-2018

Through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person program provides all-expense-paid touring grants for filmmakers from across the country to screen their work, connect with new audiences, and participate in related community engagement events at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

 Filmmakers selected to tour receive:
• Six-to-ten screenings at presenting organizations across the mid-Atlantic
• All travel expenses associated with the cost of the filmmaker participation in the screenings are paid by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
• A $200 per diem for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour
• A $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement

There is no submission fee to be considered.  All films are evaluated and selected by representatives from the organizations working with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as screening partners who, in turn, host the touring filmmakers in their communities.


TD Charitable Foundation: Non-profit Training Resource Fund

TD Charitable Foundation: Non-profit Training Resource Fund
Deadline 11-30-2018

Donation Program: Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded by the TD Charitable Foundation to eligible community-based organizations for employees to attend approved classes/courses that will enhance their job performance, as outlined below.

Applications (complete with all required attachments) are accepted on a rolling basis, and the TD Charitable Foundation reviews requests monthly. Notification and payout of awards are usually made in the fourth week of each month. Applicants will be notified of donation status between two to six weeks from their donation application submission.

Individual donation amounts: Organizations shall be eligible to receive no more than $1,000 per calendar year. Donation amounts are to cover tuition only.

Eligible organizations:

  • Must be tax-exempt under IRS Code 501(c)(3), a public school or other qualified state or local governmental entity and not be classified as a private foundation
  • Must have a mission/focus that promotes one of the following:
    • Affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals
    • Increased economic (small business) development
    • Financial literacy for low- and moderate-income youth, individuals or families
    • After-school or extracurricular programming for low- and moderate-income children
    • Must be located within a TD Bank, N.A. market area
    • Must comply with the TD Charitable Foundation's anti-discrimination policy

Eligible use of funds:

  • Classes and courses must be pertinent to the job the employee performs
  • Classes and courses may be one-day classes or part of a certification program
    • Attendance at a conference is not eligible under the program
    • Classes and courses should not have been already completed at the time of the application
    • Classes and courses should be planned to be attended at least 30 days from the donation application submission


Monday, November 12, 2018

Ellis-Beauregard Visual Arts Fellowship

Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship
Deadline 12-01-2018

 The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation will offer a $25,000 fellowship award for a Maine artist working in the visual arts.The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship will be accompanied by solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland. Applications will be juried by a panel of experts from outside of Maine.

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, through founders John David Ellis and Joan Beauregard, have created a foundation to support the work of individual artists. The foundation began its operations by initiating four six-month studio residencies in varied genres at the Lincoln Street School in Rockland, accompanied by a stipend.

The foundation is accepting fellowship applications via


Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation

The Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation 
Deadline 12-01-2018

The Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the northeastern United States. The Foundation's major fields of interest include the following:

Education: Support is primarily provided to schools and colleges, with emphasis on educational programs providing assistance to the needy or disabled;
Religion: Support is provided to religion-based programs or institutions, with emphasis on those providing assistance to the needy or disabled. Grants are also provided to local churches for capital projects;
Historic Preservation: Support is provided to historic preservation programs or institutions, including historical societies;
Medical and Scientific Research: Support is provided for medical or scientific research programs and their affiliated institutions.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest

Smithsonian.com’s Annual Photo Contest - Call to artists
Deadline 11-30-2018

The Grand Prize, Readers’ Choice prize, Natural World, Travel, People, The American Experience, Altered Images and Mobile category prizes are open to photographers who are 18 years old or older. Individuals affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, including employees, emeriti, Regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses), and others living in their households, are not eligible for any prize. The Smithsonian will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion.

Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos, except for those entered in the Altered Images category. Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents are acceptable for all categories. If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to move the photo to Altered Images or to disqualify it.

Prizes: Eight prizes will be awarded, as follows:

Grand Prize: $2,500

Category Winners: The winners of each of the six categories will receive $500.

Readers' Choice: The winner of the online Readers’ Choice award will receive $500.

One cash prize per person; winners may receive additional noncash prizes. Winners must sign a release and license, as well as a declaration of eligibility, and will be responsible for paying any notary public fees or taxes they may owe on a prize.

Online Features:  The Smithsonian may select photos for highlight on its website or display in a publicly accessible contest archive; such selections will be made in the Smithsonian’s sole discretion
You may submit up to 15 photographs per category for a contest total of 90 submissions. In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format, edited for web in sRGB color space, at least 2,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB. You must complete a separate form for each photo submitted.

Please submit photographs and requested information online through our website at smithsonian.com/photocontest


Surdna Foundation Grants

Surdna Foundation Grants for Thriving Culture
Deadline open (LOI)

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States -- communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.

For over five generations, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity


Saturday, November 10, 2018

ASCAP Jazz Composer Awards

ASCAP Foundation Accepting Submission for Young Jazz Composer Awards
Deadline 12-15-2018

Established in 1975, the ASCAP Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the music talent of tomorrow, preserving the legacy of the past, and sustaining the creative incentive for today's creators through a variety of educational, professional, and humanitarian programs and activities serving the entire music community.

To that end, the foundation, in partnership with the Herb Alpert Foundation, is accepting applications to its Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards, a program designed to encourage talented young jazz composers. To be considered, applicants must submit an original score or chart of one composition accompanied by a CD indicating proper track (if applicable). Winning submissions will receive a cash prize to be shared equally among the co-writers of the musical work or composition.

To be eligible, applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or enrolled as a student in the U.S. and have a student visa. In addition, applicants must be under the age of 30.


Friday, November 9, 2018

Artists "Get Ready" Grants

CERF and Artist Safety Net offer Artists Get Ready Grants to help artists with emergencies 
Deadline 11-15-2018

Artists Get Ready Grants help artists working in craft disciplines safeguard their studios, protect their careers + prepare for emergencies. Up to 10 grants ($500 for individual artists and $1,500 for groups of artists) will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible artists towards the purchase of goods or services that will have a direct impact on increasing career + emergency readiness.


Philadelphia Young Composers Competition

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Seeks Scores for Young Composers Competition
Deadline 11-15-2018

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra has issued a call to young composers of orchestral scores for its second annual Young Composers Competition.

The winner will have his or her orchestral piece premiered by the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, an ensemble now in its 78th season, in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The performance of the composer’s work will be part of the orchestra’s Annual Festival Concert.

The composer will be expected to travel to Philadelphia twice at his or her own expense. The first trip will be in March or April for a reading/working rehearsal with the orchestra. The second trip will be in June for the world premiere and will last approximately three days. The composer will be furnished with a professional recording following the concert that will be suitable for his or her own non-commercial purposes.

The grand prize-winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000. The second- and third-place winners will receive cash prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Common Ground Country Fair Job

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association seeks Common Ground Country Fair Coordinator (FT)
Deadline Open until Filled

Primary Responsibilities: To manage Common Ground Country Fair (CGCF) exhibitor applications and operations; coordinate all aspects of the CGCF's administrative operations; and assist the CGCF Director as necessary with all tasks and functions related to the CGCF.

Supervisor: CGCF Director

Work Week: 40 hours - Monday through Friday.

Additional Work Hours: Extended hours of operation during the Fair weekend, monthly Fair Steering Committee meetings and some educational events.

Position: Salaried. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt. The employee is not eligible for overtime payment.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • understanding issues related to organic farming and gardening in Maine
  • experience executing events
  • ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple projects concurrently
  • comfortable collaboration with staff, volunteers and public
  • ability to train volunteers and support staff
  • effective verbal and written communication skills
  • skilled proofreading
  • aptitude for administrative information and file management
  • strong customer service skills
  • computer literacy including word processing, spreadsheet management, strong database management, basic website
  • content management and familiarity with the Mac platform
  • willingness to learn new systems
  • creative problem solving and ability to take initiative where appropriate


  • working with CGCF Planning Team members to ensure that exhibitor correspondence, applications, contracts, and guidelines are updated and accurate each year
  • in collaboration with the CGCF Director, preparing CGCF exhibitor applications, contracts and correspondence
  • in collaboration with the Database Manager, processing CGCF participant applications, contracts and corresponding fees
  • providing support and oversight as necessary to Planning Team members' coordination of exhibitors and participants in their respective areas
  • in collaboration with the Fair Food Liaison, managing Food Area application review, contracts, and appropriate correspondence
  • collaborating with CGCF Director to ensure that MOFGA policies and Fair and Area guidelines are implemented with professionalism and integrity throughout the Fair and equitably by all members of the Planning Team
  • preparing and managing key administrative communications with the Fair Steering Committee, Planning Team and CGCF Participants, including FSC agendas and meeting packets, Coordinator Packets and Confirmation Packets
  • organizing and maintaining records and correspondence for the CGCF
  • updating CGCF website content for MOFGA.org
  • training and working closely with the Fair Assistant and volunteers working in the Fair office
  • responding to information requests
  • attending all FSC meetings and representing the Fair at MOFGA committee meetings and meetings outside of regular business hours as needed per the direction of the CGCF Director
  • utilizing electronic and paper communications to keep exhibitors apprised of deadlines and other relevant information
  • assisting CGCF Director with CGCF communications, including compilation of the Fairbook, Planning Team newsletters, and other internal and external communications as needed
  • participating in Fair set-up and clean-up as needed
  • coordinating the operation of the Fair office during the Fair
  • recording and reporting Fair participant stipends to Finance Administrator
  • assisting CGCF Director with preparation of annual stipend report to the Maine Department of Agriculture
  • procuring goods and services as needed for the CGCF
  • reviewing CGCF systems and procedures annually
  • other duties as needed
  • carrying out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission statement, goals, and philosophy of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

MOFGA’s success is dependent upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.

Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three professional references to Fair Director April Boucher at aprilb@mofga.org

Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Open enrollment for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act is here
Deadline 12-15-2018

Enrollment is open from November 1st to December 15th.
You can get free personal assistance with enrollment by calling the help line at 1-800-965-7476.
Subsidies are increasing, and the vast majority of Mainers are eligible for them.
Please also forward this to your creative friends so they get the information as well.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Vermont Performance Showcase

Annual Vermont Performance Showcase
Event Date 11-15-2018
Lake Morey Resort, VT (hosted by Vermont Recreationa and Park Association)

Will you be hiring any performing artists for events you are hosting in the year ahead? Children’s programs, concert series, winter carnival, July Fourth, special events, etc? Imagine being able to see and meet 24+ live performances all in one day and all in one room. This is a not-to-be-missed event if you hire performers!  The stage will be alive with a new performer every nine minutes, plus more artists will be there with an exhibit table so you can meet them too.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Maine Historical Society Job

Maine Historical Society seeks Director of Institutional Advancement (FT)
Deadline 11-21-2018

The Director of Institutional Advancement is a member of Maine Historical Society's (MHS) senior management team and will help lead commemoration of Maine's Bicentennial (2020) and MHS's Bicentennial (2022), and implementation of MHS's new 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.  These initiatives focus on demonstrating how history shapes Maine today, expanding audience, and building institutional capacity as MHS embarks on its third century of service to Maine.

The Director of Institutional Advancement is responsible for managing all phases of MHS's advancement program, including fundraising, marketing, and communications.  Working closely with the Executive Director, Board, and senior management team and leading a staff of four, the Director of Institutional Advancement designs, develops, and implements a comprehensive development program that supports the sustainability, vitality, and continued growth of MHS.

Responsibilities include ensuring the continuity and success of MHS's current development program:

Identifying and writing 15-20 grants per year to private foundation and federal agencies to maintain MHS's strong base of grant funding (approximately $500k annually)

  • Developing and training Advancement staff
  • Expanding annual fund and dues revenue
  • Leading two major fundraising events (November and May)
  • Creating and managing the department's annual budget in consultation with the Finance Director
  • Additional responsibilities include working with the Executive Director, management team, and Advancement committee to expand all Advancement activities: 1) Establish goals and strategies for appropriate growth of all fundraising programs, 2) Partner with and support campaign consultants in implementation of an upcoming capital campaign, 3) Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors, trustees, and friends, including donor prospect research, 4) Develop major donor program, and 5) Oversee strategic use of print, digital, and other tools for effective communication of MHS news, activities.
Qualifications include: 
5-10 years of comparable development experience and management responsibility, excellent writing, editing, and management skills, record of major gift fund-raising and grant writing accomplishment, familiarity with Raiser's Edge (or comparable) database, demonstrable interest in history, education, and/or working to support Maine's vitality, and, highly self-motivated and directed.

Please submit a PDF containing your cover letter, resume, and 3 references (including contact information) to Cindy Murphy, Office Manager, at cmurphy@mainehistory.org 

Shakespeare in American Communities

Arts Midwest Invites Proposals for Shakespeare in American Communities Program
Deadline 12-07-2018  (Letters of Intent) applications due by February 14, 2019.

 Shakespeare in American Communities, a national theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest, brings high-quality professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays to middle- and high-school students in underserved schools across the United States.

Arts Midwest currently is inviting proposals from nonprofit theater companies to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students. Grants will be awarded to up to forty theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for students from a minimum of ten schools. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit. The standard grant award is $25,000. Grants must be matched one-to-one from other sources.

Applicants must be a U.S.-based nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) theater company that compensates all professional performers and supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation; have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the past five years; and have a minimum of three years' experience providing performances and educational activities to middle and/or high schools.

Complete program guidelines and application instructions are available at the Shakespeare in American Communities website.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Classics for Kids Music Program

Classics for Kids Accepting Applications From Music Programs 
Deadline 12-31-2018 

The Classics for Kids Foundation empowers young people to shape their futures through music, helps build sustainable stringed instrument music programs, and provides grants for the purchase of high-quality instruments.

To that end, matching grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations that incorporate fine instruments in their music programs.

To be eligible, public or private schools and nonprofit organizations must demonstrate need and a commitment to raising matching funds.


Sunday, November 4, 2018


New England Foundation for the Arts, New England State Touring grant for performing arts 
Deadline, 12-03-2018

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has a mission to cultivate and promote the arts in New England and beyond. Their programs support artists across many forms of expression and many geographies, connecting them with collaborators and communities, fueling creative exchange and public discourse, and strengthening the creative economy.

The New England State Touring (NEST) grant funds presentations of New England-based artists from outside of a presenter’s state (eg. A Maine venue can bring in a Vermont artist). Nonprofit organizations, schools, or government entities based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are eligible to apply.



Saturday, November 3, 2018

Women’s Studio Workshop Residency (NY)

Women’s Studio Workshop invites applications for Art-in-Education Artist's Book Residency
Deadline 11-15-2018

The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, mission is to operate and maintain an artists’ workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, to provide professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and to promote programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.

The eight-to-ten-week residency is awarded to two emerging women artists to create a new, hand-printed and bound, limited edition artist’s book and teach young people. Generally, the resident dedicates her first month to producing the book. WSW can provide technical advice; training on equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance.

During the second half of the residency, the artist works with young people in WSW’s studios, teaching one to two days a week for three to four weeks, and visiting the students twice in school. Studio space and equipment is reserved for students during program hours, but artists may work at any time outside of those hours.


Friday, November 2, 2018

Bob Crewe Grants

The Crewe Foundation Grants
Deadline 12-31-2018

The Crewe Foundation proudly holds a unique focus on the state of Maine and it’s incredible arts and LGBTQ communities.

The principal aim of The Crewe Foundation is to increase access to and visibility of the arts. Recognizing the art’s undeniable power as a source of inspiration and invigoration, The Crewe Foundation is directed to support various organizations which nurture and support young people by funding fellowships, scholarships, training and mentoring programs in the areas of fine arts and music.

The Trust is directed to support and promote LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (and/or Questioning)) rights and support projects, initiatives and organizations that benefit the LGBTQ communities and/or address discriminatory issues affecting these communities.The Trust provides support in the fields of fine arts and music by empowering aspiring artists and underserved youth.


  • The organization’s capacity to empower youth to become productive artists, songwriters and/or composers
  • The extent to which the program fosters a passion for fine arts and music
  • The extent to which the program enhances and/or creates change in and/or for the LGBTQ community, especially focusing on youth, teen and young adult communities
  • The organization’s potential for effecting change through a history of achievement and effective management
  • The measurement of outcomes and evaluations should be quantifiable
  • The demonstration that the organization has a strong financial foundation utilizing diverse funding sources
  • Verification of 501(c)(3) status

Decisions will be sent out as they are made. Most grants will be awarded between June 30th-September 30th.



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Betterment Foundation Grant

The Betterment Foundation Maine Community Grant
Deadline 03-15-2018, and 06-15-2018, and, 11-15-2018

The Betterment Fund was created for charitable purposes by the will of the late William Bingham, 2nd, a resident of Bethel, Maine, who died in 1955. Mr. Bingham was a self-effacing philanthropist with an abiding interest in education and the improvement of health services in the State of Maine.

Traditional recipients of Mr. Bingham’s benefactions continue to be education and health projects, but the Fund has come to view the areas of education and health more broadly, and will consider requests from qualified institutions and organizations whose activities promote education or health improvement and which have the potential to have a significant positive impact on the lives of Maine residents in these areas. The Betterment Fund has expanded its areas of grantmaking to include programs which support local communities in their own efforts to increase their capacity to improve and sustain the quality of life for residents and programs for the preservation and responsible use of Maine’s natural resources.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Elsewhere Studios Colorado Residency

Elsewhere Studios Accepting Applications for Summer Residency (CO.)
Deadline 11-07-2018

Elsewhere Studios is accepting applications for INSPIRED: Art at Work summer residency program in Paonia, Colorado.

The two-month residency includes a stipend and materials for two artists working in any artistic discipline. Working closely with local partner organizations, scientists, and policy makers, the artists-in-residence will create socially engaged artworks that address an issue related to the legacy of fossil fuels in the state (e.g., the preservation of culture and the environment, creation of a resilient economy in rural Colorado, pressures created by oil and gas development, the loss of jobs, etc.). These collaborations and a final symposium are designed to broadly engage the community and promote dialog about concerns vital to the future of the area.

The fully funded two-month residency at Elsewhere Studios includes living and studio space, a $500/month stipend, and a $1,000 materials budget. In addition, one local artist will receive a $500/month stipend for two months and a $1,000 materials budget.


Arts Are Elementary seeks Executive Director

Arts Are Elementary seeks a part time Executive Director (ED) at 
Deadline 11-06-2018

Arts Are Elementary (AAE). AAE is a small nonprofit organization that provides professional artist residencies to every K-5 student in Brunswick, Maine. We also provide art enrichment experiences that raise awareness of the arts in the local community. The ED’s primary responsibilities are development, communication and organizational management. The ED works closely with the Program Director and the Board of Directors and remains current in nonprofit best practices. The ED is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with donors, artists, Brunswick schools, and the community.

Qualified candidates would ideally have:
development, leadership and management experience 
excellent written and oral communication skills   
grant writing experience   
the ability to manage multiple projects independently   
computer proficiency, including website management and social media engagement   
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume (including references) to aaeboardme@gmail.com, “ED position” in subject line.
Post On: 10/23/2018

The AAE office is located in Brunswick, Maine. To learn more about Arts Are Elementary please find us on facebook or visit our website at artsareelementary.org

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Betterment Fund Grant

The Betterment Fund Maine Community Grant
Deadline 03-15-2019, and 06-15-2019, and, 11-15-2018

The Betterment Fund was created for charitable purposes by the will of the late William Bingham, 2nd, a resident of Bethel, Maine, who died in 1955. Mr. Bingham was a self-effacing philanthropist with an abiding interest in education and the improvement of health services in the State of Maine.

Traditional recipients of Mr. Bingham’s benefactions continue to be education and health projects, but the Fund has come to view the areas of education and health more broadly, and will consider requests from qualified institutions and organizations whose activities promote education or health improvement and which have the potential to have a significant positive impact on the lives of Maine residents in these areas. The Betterment Fund has expanded its areas of grantmaking to include programs which support local communities in their own efforts to increase their capacity to improve and sustain the quality of life for residents and programs for the preservation and responsible use of Maine’s natural resources.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Tribeca All Access Program

Filmmakers From Underrepresented Communities Invited to  Tribeca All Access Program
Deadline 11-19-2018

A program of the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca All Access supports working filmmakers in the United States and Puerto Rico from communities statistically underrepresented in the film industry with grants, year-round resources, and greater access to industry contacts.

The program seeks feature-length scripted and documentary submissions from established and emerging filmmakers whose team includes a U.S.-based director or screenwriter from a community that is statistically underrepresented in the film industry. Projects may be in any stage of development, from treatment/screenplay to post-production. Projects of any genre and/or budget range are eligible for a grant.

Scripted filmmakers and documentary filmmakers will each receive a grant to use toward the development, production, post-production, or marketing of their film project. In addition, grantees will participate in networking events at the film festival and will receive year-round customized support from TFI in order to advance their projects through completion.


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award

Graham Foundation Accepting Nominations for Carter Manny Awards in architecture
Deadline 11-15-2018

Founded in 1956, the Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts provides project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its influence.

Since its establishment in 1996, the foundation's Carter Manny Award program has awarded more than $600,000 in recognition of outstanding doctoral students whose work represents some of the most advanced scholarship on architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The program supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary concern and have the potential to shape contemporary discourse about architecture and impact the field.

Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the foundation, including architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; the visual arts; and other related fields.

The foundation offers Carter Manny awards in two categories, one for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and one for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award provides up to $15,000 and the writing award provides up to $20,000.

Ph.D. students who are presently candidates for a doctoral degree are eligible to apply. Students also must be nominated by their department to apply for the Carter Manny Award. The award is open to students officially enrolled in schools in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of citizenship.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Disney Dreamers Academy Call

Disney Dreamers Academy, Call to high school students 
Deadline 10-31-2018

High school students can apply for an engaging and unique mentoring program related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques, leadership values and networking strategies from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.


Friday, October 26, 2018

Mellon Foundation Emergency Preparedness Grants

Performing Arts Institutional Emergency Preparedness Planning Grants
Deadline 11-15-2018

The “Performing Arts Readiness” (PAR) project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to improve emergency preparedness among performing arts organizations through advocacy and outreach. The national PAR team works to raise awareness, increase resources, and provide training that addresses the unique needs of the performing arts industry, development of basic tools to assist with planning and advocacy, and provision of grant opportunities to support network development and institutional preparedness.

Acknowledging that lack of time, capacity, and expertise are major barriers to emergency preparedness planning for most performing arts organizations, the PAR project offers grants of up to $7,250 to forty (40) performing arts organizations for the creation of individual institutional emergency preparedness or Continuity of Operations (CoOP) plans with defined processes for maintaining the plan through ongoing updates. Although preference will be given to smaller organizations with restricted sources and capacity, all grantees will have the opportunity to become inaugural users of the enhanced ArtsReady online planning tool. The use of a consultant is not required; however, the PAR project can provide a list of consultants equipped to advise during the planning process. Proposed projects must include the creation or revision of an emergency preparedness or CoOp plan for the applicant organization.

 Applicant Eligibility Requirements:
•Must be a performing arts organization with a least a two-year track record of producing or presenting performances to the public. Applicants must be 501c3 organizations or fiscally sponsored non-profits. Grants will not be made to individuals. Although volunteer-run organizations will be considered, this opportunity is designed for those organizations with at least one full-time staff member.
•Must have the endorsement of the organization’s leadership and an assigned staff project manager or director.
•Must be willing to share non-confidential portions of the plan through PAR to provide models for other organizations under a Creative Commons attribution license. A full plan must be presented to PAR as part of the grant’s final report, but PAR staff will work with the grantee to identify and remove confidential details prior to posting.

Examples of Eligible Use of Grant Funds:
•Meeting expense
•Consultant fees
•Acquisition/subscription of planning tools
•Up to 20% of one staff person’s time for the grant period
•Up to $1250 of the grant award can be utilized after initial consulting or planning activity to purchase recommended equipment or supplies


University of Maine Art Scholarship

University of Maine Orono Scholarships Opportunities for Art Students
Deadline 12-01-2018

Visual Arts: The Department of Art invites your students to submit a digital portfolio of their artwork along with an application statement for consideration for a $3,000 University of Maine Art Scholarship.  Renewable for up to three additional years for new applicants and two years for transfers, the scholarship offers students admitted to the university and committed to majoring in Studio Art, Art Education, or History of Art great educational opportunities.

Ten to fifteen attached .jpg images, your mailing address and name of your current school, plus a statement discussing your work and your interests in the Visual Arts.  To ensure smooth communications, please make sure that your e-mail with attachments does not exceed 10 MB total.  We'll need receive your portfolio by 10 November, 2017.  For VAPA Scholarship awards, students must also submit a completed application for admission to UMaine by the 1 December Early Action http://go.umaine.edu/apply

To apply, please send an e-mail to:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Pew Arts & Heritage Grant

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Accepting Project Grant Applications
Deadline 11-15-2018 (Letters of Intent) 

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage invests in ambitious, imaginative projects that showcase the greater Philadelphia region's cultural vitality and enhance the quality of its public life.

To advance this mission, the center is accepting applications to its Project Grant program, which awards grants in three program areas: Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, Performance, and Pew Fellowships.

1)  Exhibitions & Public Interpretation: EPI projects include public display and/or interpretation of artworks, historical artifacts, scientific objects, living collections, buildings, stories, or ideas; film, video, or other moving-image presentations and technology platforms; and all other forms of exhibitions and public cultural interpretation, including those that take place in public spaces, online, and/or make use of participatory strategies.

2) Performace: Eligible performance projects include original works or new treatments of existing works in all performance forms; film, video, and other moving-image performance works; distribution of performances using new experimental media or technology platforms; and performances in public spaces, online, and/or that make use of participatory strategies. The category supports projects that are multi- or interdisciplinary, as well as those based in a specific discipline.

3) Pew Fellowships: The center offers direct support to individual artists through its Pew Fellowships program, annually awarding up to twelve unrestricted grants of $75,000. The goal is to assist the most talented artists in the Philadelphia region in furthering and innovating their work by awarding substantial financial support accompanied by a set of customized, focused, professional- and career-development resources.

Before submitting a Letter of Intent, applicants are required to identify their intention to apply by contacting staff at least two weeks before the LOI deadline.  First-time applicants are required to make an appointment to discuss their projects with center staff by October 13.

In 2017, the center awarded more than $10.3 million to Philadelphia-area organizations and individual practitioners, encompassing thirty-nine Project grants; two Advancement grants; and twelve Pew Fellowships for individual artists and artist teams.

For complete program guidelines, examples of previously funded projects, and application procedures, see the Pew Center website.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Puffin Foundation Grant

Puffin Foundation Issues RFP for Organizations doing Social Justice Arts Projects
Deadline 12-08-2018

Puffin Foundation West seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artist-activists and arts organizations often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy.

In order to properly review your Grant Proposal, the Foundation asks that you provide a descriptive
but succinct overview of your project. Your application is the basis of our determination as to which
projects by individuals or Not for Profit organizations best reflect our Mission Statement. We cannot
grant to corporations, LLCs, INCs or any other type of for profit group as the IRS looks at that as if
we are making an investment in a company and becoming a “partner.” Foundation support is granted to artful, creative and innovative initiatives that advance civic and social justice programs that will improve lives, the lives of creatures big and small, and instill optimism so we can achieve a better world together working to save those things we hold precious from extinction. To help facilitate our work, please process your proposal on letter-size - 8 ½” x 11” paper and mail your packet.

Eligible applicants include individuals as well as nonprofit educational, cultural, and social justice organizations.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Clark Hulings Business Grant

Clark Hulings Busines Fund for financial assistance and support to professional visual artists
Deadline 09-30-2018

To be selected for CHF’s Business Accelerator Program, visual artists must apply online (see “Submission Requirements” below). Admission to the program is awarded to the 20 visual artists who present the strongest applications. (Please visit our benefits page for more information about what participants receive.)

How to Qualify for a Grant
From the main group of 20 program participants, up to ten artists will be awarded a Business Accelerator grant to cover targeted business expenses, as well as receiving one-on-one tailored business support and guidance from CHF’s Business Accelerator team to help maximize the impact of the grant. (The amount of each grant will vary according to an artist’s business plan and specific needs, but the total funding to be disbursed by CHF in one year will not exceed $10,000.)

To be considered for funding, artists must fulfill all program requirements as enumerated in CHF’s agreement letter, including attending and participating in all workshops, offering feedback, and providing the fund with periodic updates on their businesses. Winners and grant amounts will be determined by CHF’s Business Accelerator team based on the following three criteria:

An artist’s original application and business plan
The successful completion of all program requirements
A demonstrable commitment to actively managing his/her business

Who Should Apply?
Professional painters, sculptors, and artists working on paper who:

Employ traditional media, NOT including photography, film, or video
Have had their work published and/or exhibited professionally
Are pursuing specific opportunities or projects for which the fund’s support would make a substantial difference in their business prospects
Are United States citizens or permanent residents
Have not previously been awarded a grant from CHF
CHF does not give preference to any particular art movement, style, or trend. All painters, sculptors, and artists working on paper are eligible. The fund does not support performance, literary, or commercial work.



Monday, October 22, 2018

Ransom Center Fellowships (TX)

Ransom Center Invites Applications for Research Fellowships, TX
Deadline 11-15-2018

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin encourages discovery, inspires creativity, and advances understanding of the humanities for a broad and diverse audience through the preservation and sharing of its extraordinary collections. Those collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

The center is accepting applications for its Research Fellowship program. Approximately seventy fellowships will be awarded to projects that require substantial on-site use of the Ransom Center’s collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

One- to three-month fellowships are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require extensive work with the center's collections.

Travel stipends of up to $1,700 are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require less than one month's work with the center's collections. Travel stipends may not be combined with other Ransom Center fellowships.

In addition, dissertation fellowships of $1,500 are available for graduate students whose doctoral dissertations require use of the center's collections.

Citizens of the United States and foreign nationals are eligible to apply. Previous recipients of Ransom Center fellowships are eligible to reapply after two full fellowship cycles have passed.

Applicants for one- to three-month fellowships and travel stipends must have a Ph.D. or be an independent scholar with a substantial record of achievement. If the Ph.D. is in progress at the time of application.

Applicants for dissertation fellowships must be doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research by the time of application.