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Application deadline: September 15
Recent Grants from the Maine Theater Fund
Photo: Figures of Speech Theatre received a 2015 Maine Theater Fund grant to help support "the little match girl passion," a theatrical setting of contemporary American composer David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece. Photo courtesy Figures of Speech Theatre.
Recognizing the connection between vibrant communities and support for the arts, in 2005 an anonymous couple established the Maine Theater Fund at the Maine Community Foundation. The goal of the fund is to strengthen and sustain theater performance throughout the state. Awards are typically between $2,500 and $5,000, although larger awards may be considered.
The Maine Theater Fund is designed to support professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater. Theaters whose main purpose is to present social messaging and/or health and wellness education will not be considered for funding.
Proposals for funding will be accepted from local, regional and statewide nonprofit theaters or theater groups in Maine whose primary purpose is the production of live theater. Funds will be awarded for programmatic, capacity-building, operating, and capital support.
All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements.
How to Apply
Complete the online grant application by clicking the link in the Grant Application box at the top right hand corner of this page.
Please mail a list of the productions from either the prior or current season and their respective audience numbers. Limited supporting information about the project is welcome. Send this information to:
Maine Theater Fund
Maine Community Foundation
245 Main Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. September 15. Awards will be announced in late November. All applicants will receive notice of the committee's decisions.
Project Progress Report
All grant recipients will be required to submit a Project Progress Report approximately 10 months after receiving payment of the grant. Organizations that fail to file a progress report will not be eligible for future funding from Maine Community Foundation competitive grant programs for one year or until the missing report is filed.
If you have questions or would like to discuss an idea before submitting a proposal, please contact Cathy Melio via e-mail or by phone at (207) 412-2002.