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Art for Social Justice Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Organizations and Individuals for
Arts and Cultural Programs that Promote Social Equity

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Cambridge Arts

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10/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of $7,500 to Massachusetts organizations and individuals in eligible regions for arts and cultural programs that promote social equity. Funding is intended for projects reflecting the visions, interests, and participation of historically underrepresented and underserved communities, including the participation of those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian American, or Pacific Islander, others who identify as people of color, as well as persons with disabilities. Projects must be designed to serve those living or working in Cambridge.

Art for Social Justice Grants will support projects that present the themes and ongoing work of social justice to the Cambridge public through the arts. Cambridge Arts invites individuals or organizations to apply for grants for projects that creatively advance social justice and strengthen a sense of place wherever the project occurs. Cambridge Arts welcomes arts in any of its expressive means or formats.

Social justice is a broad concept of equity that includes every realm of society, such as health, education, food, housing, laws, information and digital access, transportation, political and economic opportunity and agency, environmental health, safety, civic participation, or public spaces. Cambridge Arts believes engagement with neighborhoods and communities is an important aspect to any project and encourages collaborative teams that speak to a particular social or physical place in Cambridge.

Cambridge Arts believes that artists are uniquely suited to help respond to the harm caused by systemic bias and racism. Artists can contribute to the collective ongoing work the community must do to build a genuinely inclusive society. The arts also celebrate and affirm the presence of those often not seen in the public sphere. Artists can present a new perspective on or help us question common social, historical, physical, political, or spatial structures. Art for Social Justice grants are an opportunity to highlight the creative richness in Cambridge and a shared vision of a just and equitable society.

Please Note: All projects created with funding through this grant program should follow City and State guidelines for public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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GrantWatch ID#: 192366

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All approved projects must be completed within an 18-month window of eligibility, between the July 1st preceding the application deadline in October, and Dec. 31 of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists and organizations based in Cambridge are eligible to apply.

Projects must have lead artists on board who work or live in Cambridge. All projects must take place in Cambridge, serve the public, and be integrated into the community. For example, an artist might collaborate with an organization addressing a need such as a housing or health agency, a transportation service, a school, an organization promoting parks and nature or greater healthy food access. It is also possible to partner with a city department, for which Cambridge Arts will assist the grantee. Please let Cambridge Arts know before submitting an application if this is of interest.

Cambridge Arts will not fund projects that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, creed, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Cambridge Arts believes a strong proposal will consider the concept of Universal Design – designing a program or project that can be enjoyed, accessed, and understood by the largest range of individuals possible regardless of age, size, abilities, or disabilities. Cambridge Arts abides by state and federal regulations which bar discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and which require accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Jason Weeks, Cambridge Arts’ Executive Director, will hold Grant Writing Virtual Office Hours each Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon from Monday, Sept. 20, through Thursday, Oct. 14. All are welcome to attend one or more these virtual sessions. If Mondays at 11 a.m. are inconvenient, Cambridge Arts can set up another time that would work for you.

To register, please email Jason Weeks at

Pre-Application Information:

Cambridge Arts will begin accepting grant applications for the 2020-2021 cycle on Oct. 1, 2021.

Deadline to apply: Oct. 15, 2021, by 11:59 p.m..

2021-2022 Grant Timeline
- 2021 - 2020 Grant Guidelines Published: Mid-September 2021
- Applications Open: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2021
- Public Art and School-Based Proposals Eligibility Deadline: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, by 12 noon
- Local Cultural Council, Art for Social Justice, and Organizational Investment Grants Application Deadline: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, by 11:59 p.m.
- Project Review Panels Convene: November and December 2021
- Applicants Notified of Panel Decisions: Mid-January 2022

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

All Applications must be submitted online via the Cambridge Arts SlideRoom portal:

Cambridge Arts is happy to provide one-on-one grant consultations. To set up an appointment for a consultation or if you have any questions about the Grant Program please contact Executive Director, Jason Weeks, at

For help with questions, feedback, connecting you with relevant resources, or framing your concept, please get in touch:

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