Program

Grants

Assisting nonprofit organizations in Maine develop public projects

Contact

Jerome Bennett
Lizz Sinclair
(207) 773-5051

Grants Program

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Mini Grant awards | Spring 2020

$1,00 for “MAINEUSA Act 2: Tree Stories” – Art at Work, South Portland   $500 for “Irish Immigrant Suffragettes“– Bangor Celtic Crossroads Festival   $1,000 for “Growing Up on Chebeague“– Chebeague Island Historical Society   $700 for “Girl Talk Conversations” – Choose Yourself, Portland   $600 for “Authors Series: Mountains Without Peaks by Kifah Abdullah with Cellist Accompaniment“– Denmark… Read more

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Mini Grants

Through our Mini Grant program we offer awards of up $1000, with a short turn-around time between application and award. In the current crisis, as people and communities across Maine and the world practice physical distancing, we are eager to support projects that use the humanities to connect people across physical distance, whether they make use… Read more

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CARES Act Grants

The Maine Humanities Council has invited Maine non-profit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus to apply for rapid-response relief grants of up to $7,500. Eligible nonprofit organizations include: museums, libraries, historic sites, preservation & historical societies, and community & cultural organizations with a significant humanities focus…. Read more

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2020 Major Grant awards

$5,300 for “Century Saturdays: The Story or Maine“– Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk   $1,300 for “Edible Landscape Project“– University of Maine Art Education, Orono   $4,500 for “Freedom and Captivity“– Creative Portland   $4,000 for “The History of Developmental Disabilities in Maine”– Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, Augusta   $5,500 for “Kittery’s Tide History“ – Tide Mill Institute, Greene… Read more

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Mini Grant awards | Fall 2019

$319 for “Art, Write, Now!” – RSU 24 Adult Education, Sullivan In partnership with Friend Memorial Library in Brooklin, RSU 24 Adult Education will exhibit “Inside Out” throughout December 2019. The exhibit is comprised of work that inmates created on a weekly basis throughout 2018 in the hopes that it be displayed for the public… Read more

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Mini Grant awards | Summer 2019

$1,000 for “Bill of Rights Concert” – Youth Journalism International, Auburn $1,000 for “Community Reflections on Inclusion and Social Justice“ – Heart of Biddeford, Biddeford $1,000 for “Culinary Historian Michael Twitty Discusses ‘Kosher/Soul’” – Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, Portland $1,000 for “Environmental Writing as a Tool for Giving Voice to Marginalized Communities“– Sierra Club Maine, Portland $900… Read more

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Arts & Humanities Grant awards | Spring 2019

  $1,000 for “Design for Permanent Exhibit on Saint John Valley Folklore“– Association culturelle et historique du Mont-Carmel, Lille The Association culturelle du Mont-Carmel is creating a permanent exhibit focusing on the folk traditions of the Saint John Valley. Funds will be used to design the physical space for the exhibit which will be completed… Read more

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2019 Major Grant awards

$3,800 for “A Celebration of Local Native American History, Culture, and Heritage“– Presque Isle Community Development Association In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, Presque Isle Community Development Association is partnering with the Arookstook band of Micmacs, the City of Presque Isle, and other local organizations to celebrate the local Native American Tribe with a… Read more

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Journalism Grant awards | Fall 2018

  $1,825 for “All the President’s Men: Discussions on Journalism and Democracy”– Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, Dover-Foxcroft Supports book and film discussions of All The President’s Men for adults and high school students in Dover-Foxcroft. Three high school classes at Foxcroft Academy and an adult reading group from Thompson Free Library will each discuss the book independently… Read more

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Arts & Humanities Grant awards | Fall 2018

$1,000 for “Content and Context: Connecting Art to Time and Place“– Maine Jewish Film Festival, Portland Speakers will lead discussion on two films at the 2019 Maine Jewish Film Festival, focusing on the relationship of the arts to the social and historical context in which it was created.   $1,000 for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in… Read more

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Mini Grant awards | Fall 2018

$867 for “Exploring the Complexities of Racism” – York Public Library, York   $867 for “Intersections of History and Community” – Maine Jewish Film Festival, Portland   $867 for “A Doll’s House Part II: What Does the Door Slam Heard All Around the World Sound Like Now?” – Everyman Repertory Theatre, Rockport   $900 for “Animal Farm Presentation and Workshop” – Chocolate Church Arts Center,… Read more

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Arts & Humanities Grant awards | Spring 2018

  $750 for “Bridgton at 250: Music of the Times“– Bridgton Historical Society, Bridgton As part of its season long commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Bridgton’s settlement, the Bridgton Historical Society is partnering with the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival to present an informal concert of music from the period of settlement. The concert will be held… Read more

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Mini Grant awards | Spring 2018

$500 for “Beholdings: Making Connections with Collections” – Mount Desert Island Historical Society, Mount Desert Through an assortment of objects representing different eras, events, and personae in the island’s history, Mount Desert Island Historical Society will engage the public in an exploration of cultural history extending from southern New England to the outer islands in the Gulf of Maine…. Read more

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2018 Major Grant awards

$2,300 for “Community Conversations“– Center for Small Town Jewish Life, Waterville “Community Conversations” will  bring together Waterville’s faith and community leaders with Colby College faculty and students to talk about political and social issues of common concern. The format will feature two thought leaders, one from the field of Jewish Studies and one from another civic leadership… Read more

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Inspired Design: Fabrics and Fashion at Victoria Mansion

Picture the sumptuous, elaborate decorations that you associate with Victorian-era architecture and design. Now, picture work by modern designers. These two worlds seem vastly separate—in materials, motives, and tastes. But a recent partnership between Victoria Mansion and the Maine College of Art’s [MECA] Textile and Fashion Design department proved that one era of art can… Read more

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“Maine Indian Basketry” at Maine Fiberarts

Housed in what was once a 1840s bank, the Maine Fiberarts gallery in Topsham forms a beautiful setting for their current exhibition, “Maine Indian Basketry,” supported by the MHC through an Arts & Humanities grant and a Community Outreach grant. Executive Director Christine Macchi described this exhibition as a departure from the usual fiber artwork… Read more

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