Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Letters of Intent Due for $50,000 Community Building Grant

The deadline for letters of intent for the Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED) Grant is February 22, 2013. The full application deadline is October 4, 2013 upon invitation.

This grant supports communities that are poised for growth and engaged in economic and community planning as well as development using other funding sources. They will include an active network of involved citizens including youth, elected leaders and business leaders in a comprehensive revitalization effort.

This program encourages cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community revitalization. This consortium grant will be delivered to two or more nonprofit cultural organizations within a geographic community or region. Applications will be considered from communities/regions with a strong commitment to inter-sector collaboration that seeks to strengthen the cultural assets of their community.

Recent successful communities have included Waterville Maine Street (The grant supported Waterville's Converge & Create brand through asset based marketing, incentives for artist and creative business attraction and new cooperative programming.) and Waterfall Arts (This grant supported the Belfast Creative Coalition: bringing together arts, cultural partners, economic partners to unite, brand and market the greater Belfast community as a vibrant arts, cultural and local foods destination.).

The grant has a maximum award of $50,000 (Organizations must show a cash or in-kind match) and the project must take place between December 19, 2013 and December 18, 2014. Funding will be available after December 29, 2013.

Full details of this grant program are available on MaineArts.com.

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