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MaineCF seeks applications for traditional handcrafts

Mar 26, 2021
Photo by: Wendell Gilley Museum Visitors get creative in an outdoor classroom at Southwest Harbor's Wendell Gilley Museum, one of the 2020 recipients.

Statewide — The Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation is seeking applications.

The fund supports projects and organizations that promote Maine traditional handcrafts. Only nonprofit and municipal organizations are eligible; MaineCF cannot make grants to individual artists. New this year, due to the pandemic, the fund will offer general operating support grants only to organizations whose sole mission centers on Maine traditional handcrafts.

The maximum grant award is $10,000 for work that will begin Sept. 1, 2021, or later.

The grant application deadline is June 1, 2021. The online application, eligibility criteria, other guidelines, and a complete list of 2020 grants are available at

The Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund awarded $112,807 to 13 organizations in 2020, including Cultural Resources Inc. of Rockport to support the Wabanaki Arts Mentorship Program, an intergenerational teaching program of traditional crafts and cultural knowledge.

Grant review and funding recommendations are made by people in Maine with expertise in traditional handcrafts. Funding announcements will be made in August 2021. For more information, contact Senior Program Officer Leslie Goode at (207) 412-2002 or

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