MaineCF’s Maine Expansion Arts Fund seeking grant applications

Wabanaki Barry Dana watches as local high school students add sides to the 10-foot traditional wigwam lodge on the west lawn of the Skowhegan History House Museum and Research Center. (Susan Cochran/History House photo)

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Expansion Arts Fund is accepting applications from nonprofits for grants of up to $5,000 that support indigenous, ethnic, or rural arts programs or projects, particularly those that serve areas with limited access to arts events.
The deadline for grant applications is Tuesday, Sept. 15. An online application, guidelines and a list of recent grants are available at
Recent grantees include History House Association Inc., in Skowhegan for the first phase of the Native Voices exhibit, including construction of a wigwam displaying skills/artistry of a traditional Wabanaki builder.
The Maine Expansion Arts Fund is a collaborative effort of MaineCF, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lillian M. Berliawsky Charitable Trust, and the Maine Arts Commission to strengthen and ensure the future of these artistic traditions. Additional funding is provided through the Elizabeth Laughlin Anderson Memorial Fund.
For more information about the fund, 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, and Mars Hill, 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