Eligibility + Requirements

A statewide regranting program for artist-organized projects, administered by SPACE Gallery on behalf of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Network.

The Kindling Fund supports artist-organized projects throughout the state of Maine that engage audiences and incorporate the visual arts in meaningful ways. With a focus on experimentation, successful applications value unconventional engagement, critical dialogue, collaboration, and create new models for presenting artists’ work. The Fund distributes grants ranging from $1,500 – $5,000.


Who can apply?

  • Artists based in Maine
  • Curators based in Maine
  • Collectives based in Maine
  • Collaboratives or partnerships based in Maine
  • Artist-run spaces based in Maine

Who cannot apply?

  • Artists who have received $15,000 from the Kindling Fund in the course of their lifetime
  • Students
  • Incorporated 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations
  • Artists living outside of Maine.

Sample Project Types (all must be grounded in visual arts)

  • A public art project, intervention or site specific installation
  • A one-time event or performance that engages the visual arts
  • The publication of writing directly related to the visual arts, including printed matter and online publications
  • An online project or app
  • An artist residency program
  • A series of screenings
  • Curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice
  • Exhibitions with strong public component
  • A lecture or workshop series
  • Multimedia, video or photo projects

Time frame

Completion must occur within one year of the grant award

The Kindling Fund will not support

  • Private projects with no public component
  • Performances or events that do not engage the visual arts
  • Requests for travel or to participate in other projects
  • Requests only for equipment

Submission Guidelines

Each applicant is asked to provide the following information

  • Brief project summary (100 words)
  • Full narrative description of the project
  • Project timeline with a description of how and where the project will be realized
  • Explanation of how the project will be made accessible to the public
  • Anticipated community impact
  • Explanation of the project’s relationship to applicants’ past work
  • Budget (form can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/kindling-budget)
  • Artists’ bios / CVs

The online application can be found here: https://space538.submittable.com/submit/34728

The jury will be evaluating the proposals based upon:

  • The project concept and how bold it is
  • The form of the project and how inventive it is
  • The timeline and how feasible it appears
  • How the project considers its audience
  • What impact the project has on its community, and more importantly how well considered this is at the concept stage
  • The applicant’s ability to carry out the project based in part by past work
  • The artistic quality presented in the work samples
  • Clarity and feasibility of the budget


The Kindling Fund awards approximately 10 – 15 grants ranging $1,500 – $5,000 each year


If awarded funding, artists are responsible for:

  • Prompt and professional communication with grant staff
  • Financial accountability/spending funds as outlined in the budget
  • Submission of a brief project summary at the midpoint and end of grant period
  • Periodic contribution of written updates and images for The Kindling Fund website, social media, and publicity outlets
  • Attending the awards parties in January of the current year and in January of the following year

Grantees are held legally responsible for all activities, materials, and outcomes associated with their projects.

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