PORTLAND — The Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Expansion Arts Fund is accepting applications from nonprofits for grants of up to $5,000 that support indigenous, ethnic or rural arts programs or projects.

The fund is the result of a collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, Lillian M. Berliawsky Charitable Trust, Maine Community Foundation, and Maine Arts Commission to strengthen and ensure the future of these artistic traditions. Additional funding is provided through the Elizabeth Laughlin Anderson Memorial Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.

The deadline for grant applications is Sept. 15. 

A recent grant was awarded locally to Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, to fund a six-month, after-school instrumental music program for local students.

FMI, apply: www.mainecf.org, 1-877-700-6800.

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