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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofit and For-Profit Arts Organizations,
Agencies, and Tribes for Support in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Organizations

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Mass Cultural Council (MCC)

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Deadline Date:

09/23/22 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Massachusetts arts and cultural organizations, public agencies, for-profit companies, Tribal entities, and collectives for support in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist organizations that experienced financial losses and are facing economic hardship due to the pandemic and related closures.

Funds for this program are considered unrestricted operation support and may be used for, but are not limited to:

  • Direct financial support to assist with staffing, occupancy, program expenses, and other operational needs.
  • Facility upgrades, including costs associated with programmatic adaptation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Technology and infrastructure costs for the safe reopening of facilities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 203877

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are welcome from Massachusetts cultural organizations, collectives, and businesses in all disciplines and cultural traditions in the arts, humanities, and sciences. This includes federally or state-recognized tribes or Urban Indian organizations, fiscally sponsored organizations, for-profits, non-profits, and programs of municipalities.

Prioritization Categories:
- First-time applicants or applicants that have not received funding from Mass Cultural Council in the last three fiscal years.
- Applicants that are located in cities and towns that are below the state’s median household income and below statewide educational attainment (the percentage of adults who have attained at least a bachelor’s degree). This includes but is not limited to places designated as Gateway Cities. A full list of these under-resourced communities is available here:
- Applicants that self-identify as led by and serving people of the global majority — Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Latinx, Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander, and all other ethnicities of color. Organizations wishing to make this identification will need to fill out a BIPOC-Centered Organization Self-Identification Form in the grants management system.
- Applicants that received little to no other state and federal COVID-19 relief funds. Refer to the FAQs for a list of these programs.
- Applicants that have demonstrated economic need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Applicants that have demonstrated impact on job creation in Massachusetts.
- Applicants that have demonstrated impact on tourism in Massachusetts.

Schools and degree-granting institutions (K-12, colleges, universities, including programs operating within a school) are not eligible.

These grant funds may not be used to pay expenses if another source of financial aid has paid that same expense.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information sessions will be held on August 10 and August 11, 2022, to explain the program.

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August 11 information and registration:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications open on August 1, 2022. The deadline to apply is September 23, 2022, at 11:59 pm (ET).

Awards will be finalized and email notifications will be sent in late January 2023.

If your organization serves the people of the global majority — Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Latinx, Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander, and all other ethnicities of color — complete the BIPOC-Centered Organization Self-Identification Form:


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Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

Evelyn Nellum
Grant Operations Officer

Mass Cultural Council
10 St. James Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116-3803
Tel: 617-858-2700
Toll-Free (in MA only): 800-232-0960

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