TAN Fund

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The Traditional Arts Network (TAN) Fund provides small grants of $500-$1,000 to both overcome short-term financial hurdles and lay the foundation for long-term goals. This process is designed to provide artists with a low-barrier, first time experience with grant applications.

The funding may be used to support a range of activities including paying artists to perform and teach, purchasing advertisements for events, video recording and production, photography, website design, transportation expenses, purchasing instruments and equipment, and rehearsal space.

The TAN Fund is administered by Mayo Street Arts and reviewed by a TAN Fund Committee which is composed of community-based artists and cultural advocates who are part of the African communities of Portland and Lewiston/Auburn.


Click here to view the PDF application.

Translators and mentors are available to help applicants complete their applications. To request assistance, please email TAN@mayostreetarts.org or call Mayo Street Arts at 207-879-4629.

The TAN Fund is made possible through support from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.