AUGUSTA — The Maine Arts Commission has announced the early opening of the Organization Operations Grant.

The decision to launch the grant application period months ahead of the commission’s regular winter cycle signifies a commitment to encouraging the growth and sustainability of Maine’s arts community, according to a news release from the commission.

The grant is open to eligible non-profit arts organizations across the state, providing general operating support to those with annual budgets exceeding $25,000. This grant is instrumental in maintaining the health and vitality of arts organizations, infrastructure, and the creative workforce that calls Maine home.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.

“The Maine Arts Commission is proud to support Maine’s vibrant arts ecosystem and is excited to see how this early opening of the Organization Operations Grant will foster growth, resilience, and creativity within our state’s cultural landscape,” said MAC Assistant Director Julie Horn. “The move not only demonstrates our commitment to the arts but also underscores our recognition of the integral role arts organizations play in shaping our state’s cultural identity.”

By initiating the grant application process ahead of schedule, the commission’s objective is to provide arts organizations with the opportunity to secure general operating funding during the autumn and project-based funding during the winter. This extended timeline affords more time for those who may not receive the initial grant to refine and strengthen their project grant proposals in preparation for the application period in February.


The grant is designed to fortify the financial foundations of these organizations, enabling them to allocate resources towards the continual enrichment of Maine’s cultural communities. These funds can be utilized for a wide spectrum of purposes: the support of day-to-day operations, the promotion of innovative artistic ventures, the reinforcement of educational and outreach programs, and the nurturing of the talents of local artists.

To apply and for more information, visit

For general inquiries and additional information, email Grants and Website Manager Eli Cabanas at


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