Ends on October 22, 2017

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 the public in ways that are both inventive and meaningful. With a focus on risk and experimentation, The Kindling Fund distributes grants ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 to Maine artists. Successful applications 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.


Geographic range for projects
State of Maine

Who can apply?
  • Artists
  • Curators
  • Collectives
  • Arts writers
  • Collaboratives or partnerships
  • Artist-run spaces located in Maine

Who cannot apply?
  • Students
  • Incorporated 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations
  • Artists living outside of Maine
  • Individuals or projects that have received funding in the previous year
  • Individuals or projects that have received $15,000 from the Kindling Fund

Sample Project Types (all must be grounded in visual arts)
The Kindling Fund supports a wide range of artist-initiated projects that engage the public including but not limited to:
  • Curatorial projects
  • Film screenings
  • Lecture series
  • Public art projects
  • Interventions or site-specific installations
  • Visual arts writing including printed and online publications
  • The creation of artist residency program (not to attend)
  • The founding of a new arts venue or collective
  • Other art projects that are experimental and/or challenge established notions, models and forms of practice, presentation and organization

Time frame
Completion must occur by December 31, 2018.

The Kindling Fund will not support
  • Private projects with no public component
  • Projects which are part of the primary programming of an established 501c3 non-profit arts organization
  • Requests only for equipment
  • Travel funds
The jury will be evaluating the proposals based upon
  • 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
  • If/how the project involves multiple artists
  • How 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
  • Clarity and feasibility of the budget

Submission Requirements
  • 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

15 grants ranging $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.


If awarded funding, artists are responsible for

  • Prompt and professional communication with grant staff
  • Spending of funds as outlined in project budget
  • Submission of a brief project summary by end of grant period
  • Periodic contribution of written updates and images for The Kindling Fund website, social media, and publicity outlets
  • Attending the contract meeting in January 2018
  • Attending the feedback forum in April 2018
  • Attending the awards party in January 2018 and 2019

Grantees are held legally responsible for all activities, materials, and outcomes associated with their projects.

Notification will take place in late December 2017

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