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 to happen in new manifestations 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.
How much funding can I request for my project?
You may request $1,500 to $5,000. Additional funding beyond the $5,000 request limit may be made available during the jurying process and is awarded at the discretion of the jurors. The Warhol Foundation Regional Regranting Network provides for grants of up to $7,000 for the creation and public presentation of new work.
How many grants will you give out?
The Kindling Fund generally awards 10 – 15 grants ranging from $1,500 up to $5,000 each cycle.
How is the money disbursed?
Checks will be written to the lead applicant, in his/her name, and that person will be responsible for any related taxes on the grant. The lead applicant will need to have a valid social security number and will fill out a W-9 form.
Do you have to live in Maine to apply?
Yes, the lead applicant must live in Maine.
What kinds of projects will the Kindling Fund support?
Projects supported by The Kindling Fund may include (but are not limited to): public art projects, intervention or site specific installations, one time events or performances, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, online projects, artist residencies, series of screenings, curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice, lecture or workshop series, multimedia, video and photo projects, or unconventional exhibitions.
Can I apply for a grant to purchase equipment?
The purchase or rental of equipment may be included in your grant proposal budget as a direct expense related to a larger project. However, you may not apply for grant with the sole purpose of purchasing equipment.
I don’t have any images or work samples for my proposed project. What should I submit?
Please submit images that relate to your proposed project, such as relevant past work samples by the artists involved, or sketches of the proposed project, or documentation of similar projects you’ve completed in the past. Whatever you can submit to help tell the story of what you want to do will be helpful to the jury.
Can I submit applications for multiple projects during the same round of The Kindling Fund?
Applicants may only be a lead organizer on one application each year, but may be involved as a collaborating artist in another project.
I don’t 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 most compelling and competitive projects will take place outside of established art venues, spaces and districts, but 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 key distinction is that the project is artist-initiated and independently managed and not part of an organization’s scheduled program.
Can I include artist fees, stipends, or honoraria in my budget to compensate participants and/or myself?
Yes – we encourage applicants to pay the artists involved.
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.
Does the fund only support new projects?
Ongoing projects may submit applications, but the budgets and funding should support new chapters, iterations, or components of the project. The funds can not 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 in funding over their lifetime.
What is the time frame for executing the project?
The proposed project and activities are required to take place 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 as part of the core project.
Our collective incorporated in order to get a bank account, are we no longer eligible?
The Kindling Fund does not support commercial businesses or 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit organizations. If as a group or collective you have made steps towards incorporation for banking, legal, or administrative purposes but are NOT a commercial or 501(c)3 entity, you are still eligible.
Can our project earn money through ticket sales, or sales of merchandise?
The Kindling Fund can be used as seed funding for a variety of arts endeavors, some of which may make money and continue on as self-sustaining projects. These projects must exist as art projects and not as commercial ventures. Please reflect anticipated income in your application budget.
Shouldn’t everyone apply for the maximum fund award of $5,000?
Project proposals and budgets should be scaled according to the artists’ past work, their capability to complete the project, and their aspirations. Not all projects will warrant the highest level of funding, and applicants should budget appropriately. The juror will evaluate the feasibility of the budget as part of their criteria; setting a reasonable proposal is favorably looked upon. As part of the application process you will be asked if you will accept partial funding in the event the Kindling Fund can give a smaller amount of funds to some additional projects.
If a project has a budget larger than the maximum award, can it still be funded?
Applicants can apply for full or partial funding, but should explain where additional funding will be sought, or if it has already been secured, and what will happen if the project is only partially successful in fundraising.
What are the reporting requirements?
We ask for documentation and a simple evaluation of the project. 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.
Can web-based or publishing projects reach beyond Maine?
Web and publishing projects should have Maine as a focus, but may have an audience beyond Maine.
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, however we understand that presentation at these locations may be subject to change. Please note that venues may not be formal 501(c)(3) nonprofit spaces with a arts/cultural/public program that could otherwise apply for other avenues of programatic funding. The Kindling Fund was established to help projects taking place in communities and unconventional locations. If you have an unconventional arts venue related to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that you believe should have special consideration, please contact our grant administrator or attend an info session.
What does in-kind mean on the budget form?
In-kind expenses are goods or services that are volunteered or given to you for your project. If someone gives you $200 worth of lumber you list lumber as an in-kind expense at $200. If a photographer normally charges for shooting but volunteers to shoot for you, name the rate they’re forgiving as an in-kind donation.
You should limit your own in-kind service for your time or equipment/materials you already own.