STATEWIDE — The Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Expansion Arts Fund is accepting proposals from nonprofits for grants of up to $10,000 for arts organizations and arts-based programs in Maine serving rural communities and/or Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, particularly in areas with limited access to the arts.

The deadline for grant applications is Sept. 15, 2021. An online application, guidelines and a list of recent grants are available at

Recent grantees include Our Town Belfast, to add artwork to the city’s downtown crosswalks, increasing visibility and safety while creating visual interest.

The Maine Expansion Arts Fund is a collaborative effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, Lillian M. Berliawsky Charitable Trust, Maine Community Foundation, and Maine Arts Commission to strengthen and ensure the future of artistic traditions in Maine. Additional funding has been provided through the Elizabeth Laughlin Anderson Memorial Fund at the Maine Community Foundation and a significant gift in 2021 from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett.

For more information about the fund, please contact MaineCF Senior Program Officer Leslie Goode at 207-412-2002 or