MCF: Maine Theater

Maine Community Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Sep 15, 2024 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $5,000

Fields of work: Theater

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Maine

Location of residency: Preferred: Maine Other eligible locations: United States

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NOTE: You are welcome to mail a list of productions from either the prior or current season along with limited supporting information about your organization and/or project. Send this information by September 15 .

What We Do

Founded in 1983, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. MaineCF’s investment expertise supports our donors’ effective and strategic giving. We offer a range of giving options tailored to fit each donor’s financial means and charitable objectives. Our staff provides personalized service, community leadership, and a deep understanding of local issues.


The Maine Theater Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Maine Community Foundation that supports nonprofit theater performance throughout Maine. The fund was established in 2005 by an anonymous couple who love live theater and recognize the connection between vibrant communities and support for the arts.

Maine Theater

The Maine Theater Fund supports nonprofit professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To receive a grant, a theater or project must:
    • Support nonprofit professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater
  • Who is eligible to apply:
    • Nonprofit, charitable organizations tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and also classified as an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2)
    • Municipalities
    • Public schools
    • Public agencies working for the State of Maine
    • Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior
    • Groups without any tax status may apply with a fiscal sponsor that is an eligible organization as described above.
  • This program provides:
    • Capacity- building grants for improving and strengthening the organization
    • General support grants for staff and operational costs at community theaters, including infrastructure and technology
    • Project grants for performances and other programmatic expenses.
  • Awards are typically between $2,500 and $5,000, although larger awards may be considered.


  • Priority will be given to:
    • Adult theater
    • Dramas
    • Organizations that have not received multiple grants in recent years.


  • Funds may not be used for:
    • Expenses already incurred
    • Regranting to a secondary grantee through a competitive process
    • Political campaigns
    • Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote
    • Religious activities, including, but not limited to, religious services, promotion of religious beliefs, or activities that are restricted to church or religious group membership.
  • Theaters whose main purpose is to present social messaging and/or health and wellness education will not be considered for funding.
  • Children’s theater projects are not likely to be funded.


This page was last reviewed July 24, 2023 and last updated July 24, 2023