Small to medium-sized organizations involved in indigenous, ethnic or rural arts programs or projects, particularly those that serve areas with limited access to arts activities, are encouraged to apply for funding from the Maine Community Foundation’s Expansion Arts Fund.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, Sept. 15. A new online application is available at

Last year, the Expansion Arts Fund advisory committee awarded a total of $56,000. The 13 grants ranged in size from $2,500 to the maximum award amount of $5,000. Among the organizations funded were the Community Caring Collaborative in Princeton for a youth summit featuring traditional Passamaquoddy basket making, drumming, singing and dancing; and the Everyman Repertory Theater in Rockport for its Drama in Schools project.

For complete application guidelines and listing of recent grants, visit or contact Cathy Melio at or by calling 877-700-6800, ext. 1122.

A statewide foundation with offices in Portland and Ellsworth, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities through philanthropy and leadership.