Ends on October 14, 2018

This is the application form for The Kindling Fund. More information about the fund can be found at kindlingfund.org.

The Kindling Fund supports artist-organized projects that engage  audiences and incorporate the visual arts in inventive and meaningful  ways. The Kindling Fund distributes grants ranging from $1,500 – $5,000 to Maine artists. With a focus on risk and experimentation, successful projects value unconventional engagement, critical dialogue, collaboration, and create new models for presenting artists’ work. The Kindling Fund is administered by SPACE Gallery as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts' Regional Regranting Program. 




  • Brief project summary (100 words)
  • Full narrative description of the project (500 words)
  • Project timeline with description of how and where the project will be realized
  • Explanation of how the project will be made accessible to the public
  • Explanation of the project’s relationship to applicants’ past work
  • Budget
  • Artists' bios / CVs


Who can apply?

  • Artists living in Maine
  • Curators living in Maine
  • Collectives living in Maine
  • Writers writing about the visual arts in Maine
  • Collaboratives or partnerships in Maine
  • Artist-run spaces located in Maine that are

Who cannot apply?

  • Students who are currently enrolled in an academic program
  • Incorporated 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations
  • Artists living outside of Maine
  • Individuals or projects that have received funding in the previous year 
  • Lead artists or projects that have received $15,000 from the Kindling Fund over the course of their lifetime

What kinds of projects does the Kindling Fund support?
The Kindling Fund supports a wide range of artist-initiated projects that engage the public including but not limited to...

  • Film screenings
  • Lecture series and symposia
  • Group and solo exhibitions that are sited outsdie of traditional venues
  • Public art projects
  • Interventions or site-specific installations
  • Writing about the visual arts including printed and online publications
  • The creation of an artist residency or other artist-centered programs
  • The founding of a new arts venue or collective
  • Curatorial projects focused on innovative research or exhibition design 
  • Experimental art projects that challenge established notions
  • Other art projects that propose new models/forms of practice, presentation and organization

The Kindling Fund will not support

  • Private projects with no public component
  • Projects that are part of the primary programming of an established 501c3 non-profit arts organization
  • Proposals that only request equipment. Including specalized equipment necessary to carry out your project as part of your proposal is OK. 
  • Proposals that request travel funds. Including travel funds for visiting artists as part of your proposal is OK.  

What is the time frame for successful projects?
All Kindling Fund projects must be completed by December 31, 2019.

How does the jury evaluate proposals?

Proposals are evaluated based on...

  • The artistic quality presented in the work samples
  • The form of the project and how inventive it is
  • The project concept and how bold it is
  • The degree to which the project involves multiple artists
  • The degree to which the project considers its audience
  • The timeline and how feasible it appears
  • The applicant’s ability to carry out the project based in part by past work
  • The clarity and feasibility of the budget

How many grants are available?

For the 2019 grant cycle, there is $65,000 funds available which is distributed to approximatly 10 - 15 projects with budgets ranging from $1,500 – $5,000. An Individual or project cannot be awarded more than $15,000 by the Kindling Fund over the course of a lifetime.

What happens if I am awarded funding?
Grantees are held legally responsible for all activities, materials, and outcomes associated with their projects. If awarded funding, artists are expected to

  • Be prompt and professional in their communication with grant staff
  • Spend the funds as outlined in project budget
  • Submit periodic written summaries throughout the course of the project at the midpoint and conclusion of the project.
  • Submit updates and images for promoting the Kindling Fund which will be used on website, social media,  outlets
  • Attend orientation and awards ceremonies in January 2019
  • Act as a responsible representative of SPACE Gallery and the Kindling Fund when engaged in all project-related activities


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