2024 Application

The 2024 program will begin accepting applications October 2, 2023 on the Maine Arts Commission Grant Management System (GMS), applications are due December 8, 2023, midnight. (please note there is no assistance available after 4pm).

Mentor Artists and Apprentices apply together, creating one login, and each supplying narrative responses and uploads.

If you need assistance or have questions contact Lizz Brown at the Maine Crafts Association



How to Apply: Overview

Mentor Artists and apprentices apply together, you need to have paired up prior to applying for CAP. Review the application questions & support material, prepare your text and uploads, create a MAC GMS login and complete the application online.

The application will be accepted though the Maine Arts Commission’s Grant Management System, new users will need to create an account. Once you have an account, find the Craft Apprentice Program in the grant list and follow the prompts to complete the forms, answer the questions and upload the support materials (images, resumes + optional additions).

How to Apply: Grants Management System (GMS) Detailed Instructions:

NOTE: Some Internet Explorer users have experienced problems during the application process. Because of this, we recommend that you use the Firefox, Safari or Chrome web browser to access the GMS and submit your application.

Step 1: Click here to sign into the Maine Arts Commission’s Grant Management System (GMS).

  • If you already have an account with the Maine Arts Commission then type in your user name and password and click the “Sign in” button.
  • If you DO NOT have an account with the MAC, click the “New User?” to create a new account. Fill out the Create an Account – Step 1 & 2 pages as directed, then click “Submit” at the bottom. When you reach the “Account Created Successfully” page, click the green “log in” button in the middle of the page. This takes you to your account Dashboard. At the top of this page it says “Note to Grant Applicants”. Follow the link provided there to go back into the GMS to log in with your new account information.

Step 2: Locate the Craft Apprentice Program on the “Active Grants” page of the GMS. The click “read more” under the opportunity posting.

Step 3: Read the “Reference Materials” information for full details on the program, applicant instructions, support materials and budget.

Step 4: If you are ready to start your application submission, click “Apply Now” at the bottom of the “Reference Materials” page.

Step 5: Fill out the GMS “Contact Information”.  When filling out the contact information, select the following:
–> For Application Institution, select “Individual”
–> For Application Statistic, select “Individual Artist” (regardless of number of artists participating in proposal)

At the bottom of the page click “Save & Next”

Step 6: For the “Support Material” section, please upload the materials required (ten images: 5 each for mentor & apprentice, plus optional additional materials). Do not upload A/V files. Follow the “Manage Images and Documents” instructions on this page for actual uploading. Files can only be uploaded one at a time. Please be sure to fill out the file description box for each.

When you have uploaded your entire required materials click “Next Step”.

Step 7: In the “Checklist & Status” page, you may just click “Submit” if you want to come back and change any information before the deadline


if you are entirely finished with your application, you may check the “I have completed all required steps for this application” box and then click “Submit”. At this point your submission is complete and you will not be able to make any changes to the application.

MaineCAP offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create, and celebrate. Photos generously shared by Jenny Wylde Photography.

CAP Application Prep List 2024

View and print a pdf with a checklist of uploads and application questions. We recommend that you pre-write your answers so that you can quickly paste them into the application and have a back-up copy of your text, however, you can type directly into the GMS form.

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