June 01, 2020
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Grants available for traditional Maine handcrafts

Community Author: Maine Community Foundation
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ELLSWORTH and PORTLAND — Maine Community Foundation seeks proposals to its Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund for projects and organizations that promote traditional handcrafts in Maine.

An anonymous donor established the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund in 2007. Grant funding supports fiber arts, ceramics, basketry, jewelry, glass arts, woodwork, leather, metal crafts and more. It also includes traditional Native American handcrafts.

Grants are available for new or expanding projects and capacity-building activities. Online applications are available through the Maine Community Foundation at www.mainecf.org.

In 2017, the fund awarded seven grants that totaled $26,750. They included:

  • Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, to produce the inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market, a juried art show to showcase and support Wabanaki artists in Maine
  • Maine Fiberarts, Topsham, to upgrade and expand technology capability to better receive, store and present photographic images of Maine art and crafts
  • Waterfall Arts, Belfastto support a series of accessible events designed to expand the ceramics studio’s reach to all sectors of the community.

The application deadline is June 1. For  information, visit the foundation’s website, www.mainecf.org, or contact Cathy Melio, cmelio@mainecf.org, or by phone at (207) 412-2002.

A statewide organization headquartered in Ellsworth with offices in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. For questions or more information, visit www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.