Grant Application Guidelines

The Cultural Affairs Fund is to be used to make available to members of the campus communities cultural experiences which supplement the regular academic programs of the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias. All events sponsored by these funds should be open to the general University community.

To be considered for funding, applicants must submit an application and budget via the Grant Application Form (accessed at the link above) before the application deadline. Grant application deadlines fall on the last Monday of September, November, January, and March.

FY25 CA/DLS Grant Cycles

Grant Deadline

September 30, 2024
November 25, 2024
January 27, 2025
April 1, 2025

For projects starting on this date or later

October 28, 2024
December 23, 2024
February 24, 2025
April 29, 2025

Funding Guidelines:

  • The committee typically awards grants ranging from $250 to $3,000, with a maximum grant award of $3,000.
  • It is the Committee’s goal to distribute funding as broadly as possible, with the priority of funding new programs and events.
  • Proposals with broad public appeal are given priority by the Committee. When a proposed program combines instructional and public presentations, Committee funding will focus on the public aspect.
  • All Cultural Affairs events must take place on the campus of the University of Maine or the University of Maine at Machias or at other campus-related locations.
  • Only individuals or organizations affiliated with the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias can be funded. Funding must be distributed through the University accounting system.
  • The Committee will not award more than 50% of the total expenses for any event.
  • Requests may include funding for equipment with a cost of less than $500. Equipment costing more than $500 is not eligible for CADLS funding.
  • Funding will not be provided for receptions or other social functions.
  • Funds may not be used to send individuals or groups on tours or to support events that are primarily components of academic courses.
  • Grants will not fund UMaine or UMM regular employee wages.
  • Proposals for events that have already occurred will not be eligible for funding.  Applicants should plan accordingly so that requests are submitted in a timely manner.
  • In addition, please refer to the updated Use of University Funds Administrative Practice Letter for guidance with expenditure allowances. This APL applies to all sources of University funding not just CADLS funds.

Selection Process:

  • The Committee will meet no later than two weeks after the grant proposal deadline to discuss and award funding for the grant proposals.
  • Applicants may be invited to attend the Committee’s meetings to discuss their proposal.
  • Due to limited resources, the number of grant proposals received, and the total amount of funding requested, awards may be granted at lower levels than were requested or applicants may be asked to resubmit their proposal on another round.
  • Donor restrictions on CA/DLS funds may prevent the Committee from funding certain proposals.

Notice of Award:

  • Applicants will receive notification from the Committee Chair no later than a week following the meeting the grant proposals were reviewed.
  • All promotional materials for funded events must acknowledge support from the Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series Fund, i.e. This event is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series Fund. A logo is available for this purpose:
  • It is the responsibility of the requesting department/group to fund, via a university account, all expenses associated with the event, as those expenses arise, and to maintain a record of receipts and invoices.  Approved expenses will be reimbursed up to the awarded amount, but no more than 50% of the total expenses (see process below).

Funding Process:

  • Within 60 days of the conclusion of a funded event, grantees are required to complete the Grant Report Form located at the top of this page.
  • You will also need to submit the Proposed-versus-Actuals Budget Form (xlsx) which shows the expected revenues and expenses versus the actual revenues and expenses. This form is available for download from the link at the top of this page. This form should be completed by the individual who coordinates the budget in your area.
  • After all expenses for the event have been incurred, an Adjusting Journal Entry Form must be submitted via email to or by campus mail to CA/DLS, c/o President’s Office, 200 Alumni Hall so that the cost(s) associated with the event may be transferred from departmental account(s) to the CA/DLS account. The Adjusting Entry Form must be accompanied by both the corresponding GL printouts showing the expenses and the related receipts/invoices.
    • Please Note: Proposed versus Actual Budget Forms, Adjusting Entry Forms, GL printouts and receipts are due within 60 days of the event. CA/DLS funds will not be provided for an awarded event more than 60 days after it occurs.
  • Additionally, copies of promotional material and publicity, including reviews is available, must also be submitted within 60 days by uploading them to the Grant Report Form, or sending them via email to or by campus mail to CA/DLS, c/o President’s Office, 200 Alumni Hall.

Please call 581.1512 or email, if you have any questions.