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Info & Eligibility

SPACE is currently jurying the 2023 Kindling Fund grants. Applicants can expect to hear by the end of April.

For more information about the history of the Kindling Fund, please see our 5 year capstone publication here with info at the end of the book about our grantmaking process.

2024 applications will be accepted in fall of 2023, returning to our normal schedule after changes to our grant calendar to accommodate the two cycles of American Rescue Plan Maine Project Grants in 2022-23. Please consider subscribing to SPACE’s weekly e-news for the most up to date info about SPACE and any open calls.

Who can apply for the Kindling Fund?

–Individual artists, curators, art organizers, and art writers living in Maine
– Artist collectives, collaboratives, and artist-run spaces, with a lead applicant living full time in Maine

Who is ineligible?

– Incorporated 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations as applicants or artist projects taking place as programs of 501(c)3 organizations (exceptions for public space projects)
– Artists who have received $15,000 from the Kindling Fund over the course of their lifetime
– Artists who have received a grant from SPACE in the previous year
–Applicants living outside of Maine (seasonal residency does not qualify)
– Enrolled students

Applications are reviewed by an independent panel of three individuals from both inside and outside Maine. Projects (or a new phase of a project, with a proposed public component) must take place within a year of the grant.

Information sessions with full application information, tips, examples, and opportunity for questions are offered during the application period online and in person.

A SPACE Reader exclusive! Our intern Daniel Grier previews Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band on their ‘intense’ first-ever U.S. tour! At SPACE June 4th!