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Opportunity Fund

Grants to Massachusetts Artists in Eligible Areas to Benefit
Artists Who Have Been Adversely Impacted by the Coronavirus

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City of Boston - Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture

Deadline Date:

06/04/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $500 and grants of up to $1,000 to Massachusetts artists in eligible areas to benefit artists who have been adversely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for professional development and local arts events. The Fund provides grants that support meaningful one-time opportunities for artists living in the City of Boston to further develop their careers, and support artists who want to plan free arts-focused experiences and events throughout the City that provide increased affordable arts and cultural programming for Bostonians in their neighborhoods.

The Opportunity Fund has two grant categories:

Artist Career Development Grant

  • Eligible expenses
    • Cost of materials, equipment, and infrastructure that supports the artistic career,
    • Cost of travel, conference, residency fees, professional development workshop fees and,
    • Costs related to an artistic project, such as help framing paintings before an exhibition, or mastering an album (these are just examples).

Community Arts Experiences & Events:

  • Community Arts Experiences & Events prioritizes bringing arts experiences into neighborhoods in the City of Boston that have been identified as having a lower concentration of arts activities that are free and open to the public. Priority communities include: Allston/Brighton, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway/Kenmore, Roxbury, Mission Hill, and Mattapan. 
  • Experiences do not have to happen in these geographic areas, but these geographic areas will be prioritized. Whether applicants' arts experience or event will occur in one of these neighborhoods or not, applicants are encouraged to explain how the community they will serve through this arts experience or event are underserved by arts activities in the City of Boston.
  • Experiences or events can be recurring, first-time, or stand-alone experiences or events
  • Experiences or events can be, but are not limited to: Film screenings with post-viewing Q&As, arts learning classes or workshops taught by teaching artists, artist talks and panels, concerts and performances, arts festivals, etc.
  • Experiences and events can be virtual due to COVID-19. When it is safe to do so, experiences and events can be in libraries, schools, or less traditional arts-learning spaces such as senior centers, health centers, community centers, or churches. Please note in-person experience and events applications will only be approved when it is deemed safe to gather in the Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For the time-being, virtual events are encouraged.
  • Experiences and events must be free and must be open to the public.
  • If an experience or event includes showing a film, the film must be the applicant's own work and/or the applicant must be able to prove permission to show this work.
  • Eligible expenses
    • Materials for the arts experience or event
    • Costs associated with marketing the experience or event
    • Compensation for artist(s) facilitating experience, or artists hired as part of the event or experience.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191065

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$200,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Opportunity Fund has two grant categories:
- Artist Career Development (up to $500 grant for applications for one-time professional development opportunities, and up to $1,000 grant for supplies and expenses associated with artistic career), and
- Community Arts Experiences & Events (up to $1,000 grant).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists residing within the City of Boston are eligible to apply for the Artist Career Development Grant if their annual household income is under 65% of area median income, or $54,950. This number was chosen because nearly 90% of Certified Artists surveyed make an income of under $54,950. Please note, if you have more than one household income that you share, you must combine all household incomes together to see if you are eligible for this grant and check this website to see if your combined income is still within eligibility and under 65% AMI (http://www.bostonplans.org/housing/income,-asset,-and-price-limits). Individuals who make less than $51,600 are eligible for this grant. If you have a domestic partner but no dependents, you would be a household of 2 and would look at the website linked above to see if your combined income is under 65% AMI for a household of two. For example: If you have a domestic partner who you share incomes with and your shared income is more than $62,800, you are not eligible for this grant.

Community Arts Experiences and Events: Individual artists and teaching artists who would like to bring free public arts experiences or events into a community located in the City of Boston.

You’re not eligible to apply if:
- you’re taking part in the Artist in Residence program,
- you are a current recipient of the Artist Fellowship Award, or
- you are employed by the City of Boston.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for an Opportunity Fund grant this fiscal year is June 4, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Individuals may only receive a grant from the Opportunity Fund once per round of funding. This means only one Opportunity Fund grant per fiscal year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021). If your experience or event is coming up shortly, you are welcome to apply to the Opportunity Fund to have your expenses reimbursed, but the Fund will not be able to guarantee advanced funding.

To submit a complete application, applicants must submit a completed W9 and must register with the City of Boston as vendors.

Please note that artists who applied to the Boston Artist Relief Fund but have not been funded due to lack of funding are encouraged to apply to the Opportunity Fund and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will do their best to prioritize these applicants.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://cityofbostonartsandculture.submittable.com/submit/6385d09c-de79-4a79-aa97-7551878838f8/opportunity-fund-4-0

If you have any questions about the program, you can contact Arts@Boston.gov.

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