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Capital Grant Program

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, Agencies, and Institutions
for the Renovation and Construction of Cultural Facilities

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Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF)

Deadline Date:

01/11/19 5:00 PM


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Matching grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and public and private institutions to support the repair, renovation, acquisition, or construction of cultural facilities. The purpose of funding is to encourage the planning and development of cultural facilities to enrich the lives of local residents and positively impact the community.

The Capital Grant Program offers grants for:

- Site or facility acquisition (provided there is a signed Purchase & Sale Agreement and appropriate business planning is in place).
- Repair, rehabilitation, or renovation of existing facilities. This may include (but is not limited to) efforts to improve physical accessibility, fire safety, and other building safety.
- New construction/expansion of existing facilities (provided appropriate business planning is in place).
- Final-stage design of new facilities
- Purchase of major equipment or integrated systems. This may include HVAC systems, sound and light systems, rigging or similar equipment, provided that these are fully integrated elements of a building, structure or site and are fixed in place. Mobile goods or equipment, including moveable seating and display cases, are not eligible for grant reimbursement.
- Any combination of the above.
- New projects that demonstrate a transformative impact on the host community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139140

Estimated Size of Grant:

In the past, maximum grants have ranged from $200,000 to $675,000. A maximum grant amount will be set by the Cultural Facilities Fund Advisory Committee during the review process.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities ("Cultural Organizations") are eligible to apply for grants for Cultural facilities:

- Nonprofit cultural organizations: 501(c)(3) organizations that are primarily concerned with the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences. The legislation includes but is not limited to museums, historic sites, zoos, aquariums, theaters, concert halls, exhibition spaces, classrooms, and auditoriums ("Cultural Facilities"). Eligible facilities must be owned, leased, or used by one or more nonprofit cultural organizations, and must be accessible to the public.
- Municipalities that own cultural facilities: provided that the cultural facility is at least 50,000 square feet in size, and at least 50% devoted to cultural purposes provided. However, if such building, structure, or site is 125 years old or older and is significant in the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the nation, the commonwealth, or the community in which it is located, it may be of any size.
- Public or private institutions of higher education that own cultural facilities: provided that the cultural facility provides service and open access to the community and the general public beyond its educational mission and can demonstrate financial need.

Grants in this program may not be used for:

- Capital campaign costs or non-facilities capital campaigns (e.g., endowment campaigns).
- Regular operating activities of an organization.
- Ongoing staff positions.
- Fundraising or marketing activities.
- Any other costs that are not related to the approved Eligible Project.
- Mortgage or loan payments.

Pre-Application Information:

The final application deadline is Friday, January 11, 2019 at 5 PM.

All grants less than $1,000,000 awarded by the Cultural Facilities Fund are subject to a 1:1 matching requirement. All matches have to be in the form of a secured cash match. Pledges and in-kind goods or services are not eligible towards the match.

If you are awarded a grant, the entire 1:1 match has to be in hand before you can enter into a grant agreement with MassDevelopment and draw grant funds.

The Intent to Apply form is the first section of the online application. You do not need approval from the Mass Cultural Council after submitting the Intent to Apply to continue with the full application.

Complete the online application, including any updates/changes to the Organizational Profile and/or Project Overview. Submit the required supplementary materials to the Mass Cultural Council by the final deadline.

Applications for grants in the later phases of building fundraising campaigns are welcome. Applicants may only apply for one grant per round. In general, announcements typically come three to four months following the application deadline.

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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.

To access Intent to Apply and online application:

Jay Paget, Program Director

Miranda Cook, Program Officer

10 St. James Ave. 3rd floor,
Boston, MA 02116

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USA: Massachusetts