ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND – Arts organizations throughout the state may be eligible for grants from two Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) grant programs.

Maine Expansion Arts and the Maine Theater Fund are accepting online proposals from arts organizations and for arts-related programming throughout the state.

Maine Expansion Arts supports arts organizations serving rural communities and those led by and/or serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). Maine Theater supports nonprofit professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater.

The deadline to submit proposals is Thursday, Sept. 15. To apply, visit mainecf.org.

In 2022, MaineCF awarded 18 Expansion Arts grants totaling $148,500 to organizations and projects ranging from hands-on workshops to cultural preservation and community art events. An additional 11 grants totaling $80,800 were awarded from donors with advised funds at MaineCF.

2022 Grantees include:


Eastport ArtWalk, to support inclusive, interactive art activities, music, performance, dance, storytelling, and more
Indigo Arts Alliance, to continue to grow as an incubator for professional development and amplification of BIPOC thought leadership, artistic vision, and practice
Maine Inside Out, for its arts and advocacy-based leadership development programs for youth of color.
The Maine Theater Fund awarded a total of $126,485 to 16 professional and community theater companies throughout the state in 2022. Priorities of the fund include adult theater, dramas and organizations that have not recently received funding.

2022 grantees include:

•Heartwood Regional Theater Company, for its production of “Hamlet”
•Mayo Street Arts, to replace audience risers and add additional chair stops and handrails
•Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, to support its 2023 productions.

For more eligibility, guidelines and to apply, visit www.mainecf.org. Lists of all grantees are available at www.mainecf.org/recentgrants.

For more information about the Maine Expansion Arts, contact Program Officer John Ochira, jochira@mainecf.org or 207-412-0837.

For more information about the Maine Theater Fund, contact Program Officer Katie Howard at khoward@mainecf.org or 207-412-0832.
The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine through strategic giving, community leadership, personalized service, local expertise and strong investments. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

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