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Maine Expansion Arts Fund open for grants

From Maine CF

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND — The Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Expansion Arts Fund is accepting proposals from nonprofits for grants of up to $10,000 for arts organizations and arts-based programs in Maine.

The organization must serve rural communities and/or Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, particularly in areas with limited access to the arts.

The deadline for grant applications is Sept. 15. An online application, guidelines and a list of recent grants are available at

Annadeene Fowler and Ashley Megquire created the first of five art crosswalks in Belfast in May. (Photo by Zach Schmesser, Our Town Belfast)

Recent grantees include the Maine Forestry Museum, Rangeley, to promote, expand and preserve the folk art traditions of clogging, bluegrass/folk music, and childhood oral lore

Another grantee is Our Town Belfast, to add artwork to the city’s downtown crosswalks, increasing visibility and safety while creating visual interest

And University of Maine Foundation, Hudson Museum, Orono, received a grant to create and promote a virtual Wabanaki Winter Market, including educational content and a Wabanaki Artist Directory.

The Maine Expansion Arts Fund is 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 artistic traditions in Maine. Additional funding has been provided through the Elizabeth Laughlin Anderson Memorial Fund at the Maine Community Foundation and a significant gift in 2021 from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett.

For more information about the fund, please contact MaineCF Senior Program Officer Leslie Goode at 207-412-2002 or by e-mail at

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Mars Hill and Rockport, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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