FAQ

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.

Can I apply for the Kindling Fund?

Artists, curators, collectives, partnerships, arts writers, and artist-run spaces located in Maine are eligible to apply. 

Artists who were funded in the previous year or who have received $15,000 in support from the Kindling Fund over their lifetime, students, incorporated 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations, or artists living outside of Maine are not eligible to apply.

What kinds of Projects will the Kindling Fund support?

Projects supported by The Kindling Fund may include (but are not limited to):

  • Curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice or research methods
  • An online project
  • Public art projects, interventions or site-specific installations
  • The publication of writing directly related to the visual arts, in print or online
  • The creation of a program that supports other artists (a residency, an exhibition space etc.)
  • Any artist-focused, visual-arts based initiative that fits outside of traditional institutions

How much funding can I request for my project?

You may request $1,500 to $5,000.

How many grants will you give out?

We will be able to give up to 15 grants ranging from $1,500 up to $5,000.

Do you have to live in Maine to apply?

Yes, the lead applicant must live in Maine. Collaborators or participating artists can be from outside of Maine, though the grant is not intended to import other collectives/projects to Maine.

Can I submit applications for multiple projects during the same round of the Kindling Fund?

Applications may be a lead organizer on only one application each year, but they may be involved as a collaborating artist in another project.

Does the Fund only support new projects?

Ongoing projects may submit applications, but the budgets and funding should support new or distinct chapters, iterations, or components of the project. The funds cannot be used to pay for past expenses or completed activities. Previously funded projects may not reapply for additional funding if they have received $15,000 of funding over the course of its lifetime.

Can web-based or publishing reach beyond Maine?

Web and publishing projects should have Maine as a focus but may have an audience beyond Maine.

What is the timeframe for executing the project?

The proposed project and activities should take within one year of funding. In the instance of a publication, website, or other projects that will continue on indefinitely, they should be published or initially launched within one year of funding and will still be required to submit a report on the funded stage of the project.

Can I include artist fees, stipends, or honoraria in my budget to compensate participants and/or myself?

Yes – we encourage you to pay the artists and lead applicants involved.

I dont represent a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, but I want to work with an organization that is as part of my project. The organization does not have enough funds to pay artist fees or provide other financial support. Can a Kindling Fund grant cover the costs? Does working with a 501(c)3 at all preclude grant approval? Or what about presenting at a University or Museum?

The Kindling Find supports projects that are artist-initiated, independently managed, and not part of an organization’s  scheduled program.

Some funded projects may have components that overlap with venues or organizations which provide some additional support, such as the use of their facilities for a performance or event. However, the fund is not intended to cover production costs that should be covered by established organizations who made an explicit invitation to the applicant(s) to present work at their venue or as part of the host organization’s regular program.

The most compelling and competitive projects will be ones which don’t fit in established institutions or venues, occur in alternative spaces or use alternative practices. Preference will be given to projects that present work by multiple artists.

How many people need to see / experience the project for it to meet the public engagement requirement?

There isn’t a specific target number – but the quality of the engagement is important. A project that involves a smaller number of audience members/ participants / viewers but fully involves them may be more compelling than one that is exposed to lots of people but only superficially.

When listing proposed venues in the application, do they have to be confirmed?

Although committed or confirmed venues illustrate a more feasible project, The Kindling Fund understands that circumstances change. List proposed venues that you have had some communication with–we understand that presentation at these locations may be subject to change.

If your project includes use of public land or facilities, it will help to show what efforts you’ve made to secure permission or at least initiate that discussion. A letter of support or partnership could be helpful in some circumstances.

Can I apply for a grant to purchase equipment?

The purchase or rental of equipment may be included in your grant proposal budget as an expense related to a larger project. However, you may not apply for grant with the sole purpose of purchasing equipment.

Our collective incorporated in order to get a bank account, are we no longer eligible?

If as a group or collective you have made steps towards incorporation for banking or administrative purposes but are NOT a commercial or 501(c)3 entity, you are still eligible.

The Kindling Fund does not support commercial businesses or 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit organizations.

Some funded projects may have components that overlap with venues or organizations which provide some additional support, such as the use of their facilities for a performance or event. However, the fund is not intended to cover production costs that should be covered by established organizations who made an explicit invitation to the applicant(s) to present work at their venue or as part of the host organization’s regular program.

The most compelling and competitive projects will be ones which don’t fit in established institutions or venues, occur in alternative spaces or use alternative practices. Preference will be given to projects that present work by multiple artists.

What are the reporting requirements?

We ask for documentation and a simple evaluation of the project at the midpoint and end of the cycle. If the project will continue beyond the grant period, we’d like to be kept updated (and we’ll post updates on our site). We’ll ask for periodic updates to share on our website and social media.

Why is SPACE offering this grant program?

We are proud of the independent nature of Maine’s arts community and want to support and empower artist-organized projects around the state. Our central mission is to present compelling and inventive contemporary art, and this grant is an opportunity to extend our visual arts mission around Maine, beyond the reach and capacities of our organization.

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