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Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) - Capital Grant Program

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, Municipalities, and IHEs for the
Development of Facilities Focused on the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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MassDevelopment and the Mass Cultural Council

Conf. Date:

10/21/20

LOI Date:

11/13/20

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and IHEs for the development of facilities primarily focused on the arts, sciences, and humanities. Applicants are required to submit an intent to apply prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to assist with the acquisition, final-stage design, construction, repair, renovation, rehabilitation, or other capital improvements or deferred maintenance of cultural facilities in Massachusetts.

The goal of this program is to promote the development of cultural facilities that are thoughtfully planned and developed, contribute to the cultural and economic lives of their communities, have a transformative impact on the community, and are supported by significant matching contributions from the private sector.

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 health and safety measures.
  • 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, computers, office equipment, and non-fixed 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:

Award maximums for Capital Grants have not been set at this time. Maximum grants for the past few years have been in the range of $200,000 – $250,000. A maximum grant amount will be set by the Cultural Facilities Fund Advisory Committee during the review process.

Term of Contract:

Applicants must demonstrate that the project can begin and the match can be raised within 18 months of the application deadline, or by June 2022.

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.
- Legal feeds.
- Insurance payments.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates
- Intent to Apply: Nov. 13, 2020
- Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (ET).
- Notifications: May 2021

Supplementary materials must be submitted electronically via the Mass Cultural Council’s Box.com account by 11:59 pm (ET) on January 15, 2021.

Once you submit your Intent to Apply, Mass Cultural Council staff will create a folder for your organization in Box.com. An invitation to join the folder will be sent to the email address associated with the “Primary Contact” on your application. Please allow 1-3 business days to receive the email invitation after submitting your Intent to Apply. Once you are logged into your account, you will be able to access the folder where you’ll upload your files. Once your materials are uploaded, they will be considered submitted.

If there are materials you wish to include with your application that cannot be submitted electronically, contact Miranda Cook.

All grants awarded by the Cultural Facilities Fund are subject to a 1:1 matching requirement. 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.

Application Process: https://massculturalcouncil.org/organizations/cultural-facilities-fund/application-process/
Article: https://massculturalcouncil.org/blog/2021-cultural-facilities-fund-grants-available/
Information Session Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVEQSYSlvZE&t=2s

Contact Information:

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

To access the Intent to Apply and online application: https://mass.gosmart.org/login.php

Jay Paget, Program Director
jay.paget@art.state.ma.us
617-858-2723

Miranda Cook, Program Officer
miranda.cook@art.state.ma.us
617-858-2733

Mass Cultural Council
10 St. James Ave. 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02116
617-858-2700

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