Aroostook Creative Network

Micro-Grants for Artists


Applications Open: March 20, 2024
Deadline:  May 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.
Maximum Award: $1,000

Required Match: None
Award Cycle: July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2025


Aroostook Creative Network provides micro-grants up to $1,000 maximum to individual artists who live and work in Aroostook County, Maine. Artists may apply for micro-grants to help create new or existing work, enhance their artistic skills or abilities, participate in opportunities that will benefit their career, and improve their ability to share their art with the public. This grant program has limited funds.

The micro-grant program is administered by Wintergreen Arts Center. Applications will be reviewed by a review panel of community-based artists and arts/cultural advocates from southern, central, and northern Aroostook County. Funding was made possible by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • Applicants must be 18 years or older.
  • Projects must take place between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025.

Ineligible Expenses:

  • Debt or loan repayment
  • Equipment purchases over $5,000
  • Home office or home studio rent and expenses
  • Activities and courses for which undergraduate or graduate level education is given
  • Projects that support or oppose a particular political party or candidate for public office
  • Projects that are exclusive to members of a particular religious faith group


For information and help with applications, contact Dottie Hutchins, Wintergreen Arts Center at or 207-462-1313.  DEADLINE for applying is MAY 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

Supporting Material

To include images, sound, videos, or writing samples to support your application, please send the following:

UploadsFile TypeFormat and TipsHow Many?
ImagesJPG, PNG, PDFNo larger than 3MB Images will be viewed digitally and not printedUp to three images
AudioMP3Include only material intended for panel reviewUp to three audio files
Writing SamplesPDF12pt, Times New Roman fontUp to three writing samples

For Videos – Please upload only (MP4, WMV, YouTube, Vimeo), 3-5 minutes max. in length. 


Submitted applications are first reviewed by staff for completion, eligibility, and funding guidelines. Applications are then reviewed by a panel of arts and culture professionals from all parts of Aroostook County. Panelists will review, discuss, and score each application.  


If your application is funded, you enter into a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with Wintergreen Arts Center. You must comply with all requirements stated in that agreement. Your award money will be mailed to you by late July 2024. You may need to pay costs upfront with your own money and then be reimbursed when you receive payment.

All applicants are notified, whether approved or declined, by email. If you receive an award, you will also receive future emails with next steps.


Awardees are required to submit a report on how your grant helped you and any additional details you’d like to share with us. Questions will be sent to awardees. The final report date is March 14, 2025. A final report is a requirement to apply and receive funding for the next round of micro-grants.



  • Merit and Impact – 50%

How the project will support and positively impact the artist’s goals and practice in meaningful and clearly identified ways. As expressed through the answers to question #4 and question #5.

  • Artistic Excellence – 25%           

As demonstrated in skills and techniques, the artist’s creative process shows a unique vision or perspective, and the work is meaningful and has clearly identified ways to an intended audience. As expressed through the answers to question # 2, question #4, and supporting uploads.

  • Planning – 25%

How it relates to the proposed project, partners/collaborators involved, the budget, and goals with clear descriptions and details of the outcome. Plus, details provided that helps make a convincing case that this project will succeed. As expressed through the answers to question #1 (a and b) and question #3.


Funding for the Aroostook Creative Network Micro-Grant Program is made possible from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment of the Arts. The program is administered by the Wintergreen Arts Center.

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