Unveiling Creative Potential: Explore Grant Opportunities & Resources from the Mass Cultural Council

Unveiling Creative Potential: Explore Grant Opportunities & Resources from the Mass Cultural Council

Welcome, fellow creators and cultural enthusiasts! Are you seeking support for your artistic endeavors or seeking to enrich your community with cultural events? Look no further than the Mass Cultural Council! As a registered user of their Grants Management System, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities to unleash your creative potential and contribute to the vibrant artistic landscape of Massachusetts.

This blog post will guide you through the current and upcoming grant programs available, offering vital information for individuals and organizations alike. Whether you’re an established artist, a budding cultural organization, or a passionate community leader, there’s a program waiting to support your vision.

So, delve into the possibilities that await! Discover unrestricted grants, funding for cultural facilities, opportunities to support touring artists, and much more. Remember, the deadline for some programs is fast approaching, so don’t delay!

Mass Cultural Council Grant Opportunities

In addition to grants, the Mass Cultural Council offers a plethora of resources to empower the cultural sector. Explore self-identification forms, participate in the Card to Culture program, and stay informed about upcoming events through the agency’s comprehensive calendar.

Let’s embark on this journey together, fostering a vibrant and inclusive cultural landscape for all. Dive into the opportunities below and discover how you can contribute to the creative tapestry of Massachusetts!

Mass Cultural Council Grant Opportunities

The following information details our current and upcoming grant opportunities supporting cultural sector individuals, organizations, and Massachusetts communities. Please take a minute to review, apply, and share these funding opportunities with your creative networks. If you have already applied to one or more programs – thank you!

We have indicated if the grant is for individuals and/or organizations. Depending on the program “organizations” may include cultural organizations, non-profits, schools, cities/towns, unincorporated groups or collaboratives, for-profits, etc. Visit the program guidelines for detailed eligibility information and to apply.

Grants For Creative Individuals
Now Open / DEADLINE: December 11, 2023
Who can apply: Individuals

NEW in FY24: This program aims to equitably advance creative expression throughout the Commonwealth with unrestricted grants to Massachusetts artists, culture bearers, and creative individuals. Grants are $5,000.

Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF)
Now Open / DEADLINE: December 14, 2023
Who can apply: Organizations

Grants to support the acquisition, design, repair, rehabilitation, renovation, expansion, or construction of nonprofit cultural facilities. Nonprofit cultural organizations, municipalities, and colleges or universities that own or lease cultural facilities are eligible to apply. Grants range from $7,000 to $200,000. Managed in partnership with MassDevelopment.

Gaming Mitigation Fund
Now Open / DEADLINE: February 1, 2024
Who can apply: Organizations

Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit and municipal performing arts centers to spend on touring shows or touring artist fees.

Festivals & Projects
OPENS: March 28, 2024 / DEADLINE: May 23, 2024
Who can apply: Organizations

Grants of $2,500 for organizations to fund public activities that incorporate the arts, humanities, or sciences.

Operating Grants for Organizations
OPENS: March 14, 2024 / DEADLINE: June 13, 2024
Who can apply: Organizations

NEW in FY24! Unrestricted general operating grants for Massachusetts-based, nonprofit cultural organizations with year-round operations offering public programming in the arts, humanities, or sciences. Grant amounts range from $6,000 to $60,000.

Other Opportunities

The following programs are not grant programs, there is no funding involved.

BIPOC-Centered Organization Self-Identification
Rolling Deadline
Who can apply: Organizations

If your organization is led by and serves Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), Latinx, Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander, and all other ethnicities of color — complete this self-identification form in advance of completing your grant application and help ensure that our BIPOC constituents are being more equitably served.

Card to Culture
Rolling Deadline
Who can apply: Organizations

Arts, humanities, and science organizations participating in this voluntary program offer free or steeply discounted admission to EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders.

Additional Agency Offerings

Agency Dates
Stay informed about all our offerings with this complete list of key dates and deadlines for grant opportunities, convenings, and events.

Artist Opportunities
A way to find your next contest, artist residency, call to artists, publication, and more. New round-ups are published weekly.

Opportunities & Resources for Organizations
A monthly round-up of grants, technical assistance resources, and opportunities for creative and cultural organizations.

HireCulture.org
A free, online listing of creative employment opportunities in Massachusetts that includes administrative, production, volunteer and intern opportunities.

The diverse range of opportunities presented in this blog post is a testament to the Mass Cultural Council’s unwavering commitment to fostering artistic growth and enriching the cultural landscape of Massachusetts. Whether you are an individual artist seeking to amplify your creative voice, a cultural organization aiming to expand your impact, or a community leader passionate about fostering cultural engagement, the Mass Cultural Council has a program designed to empower you.

Remember, deadlines are approaching, so don’t delay! Explore the grants and resources available, discover the perfect fit for your aspirations, and take the first step towards realizing your creative potential. Together, we can weave a vibrant tapestry of artistic expression and cultural enrichment throughout the Commonwealth.

Join the movement today, explore the opportunities, and let your creativity blossom!

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