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Grants to Massachusetts Arts Nonprofits
for General Operating Support

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Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) - Boston Cultural Council (BCC)

Deadline Date:

12/14/20 5:00 PM EST. Print applications must be received by December 11 at 5:00 PM..m.


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for general operating support. The purpose of this program is to support local organizations that provide public arts and cultural programming. Eligible applicants are organizations that provide programming in the City of Boston and whose mission and programming is focused in the following disciplines: music, film and video, traditional and folk art, visual art, theater, dance, humanities, literary arts, performing arts, social/civic practice, multidisciplinary arts.

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GrantWatch ID#: 145146

Number of Grants:

$5,000 grants will be awarded to five organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The BCC offers general operating support grants to organizations with budgets of less than $2 million. If an organization is selected as a recipient, they will receive the total amount they are eligible for in their budget category.
- Organizations with budgets less than $100,000 may apply for a grant of $2,000
- Organizations with budgets between $100,000 and $500,000 may apply for a grant of $3,500
- Organizations with budgets between $500,000 and $2,000,000 may apply for a grant of $5,000

Term of Contract:

Grantees have one year from the date they are approved to finish their project and get the grant money.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Boston Cultural Council awards grants to local nonprofits that offer arts and cultural programming in Boston. Grants are for organizations that benefit the public by offering arts programming in local neighborhoods. Grants are awarded to organizations with budgets under $2 million.

- Non-profit cultural organizations with budgets under $2 million whose mission and programming is focused in the following disciplines: Music, Film and Video, Traditional and Folk Art, Visual Art, Theater, Dance, Humanities, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Social/Civic Practice, Multidisciplinary Arts.
- Non-profits whose mission is not primarily arts and culture based yet are looking to fund arts and culture programs are eligible to apply.
- Organizations not based in the City of Boston, with primary programming that takes place in Boston are eligible to apply.
- Unincorporated groups can apply with a fiscal sponsor as long as they meet the rest of the eligibility criteria. This can include artist collectives, volunteer groups, or publications.
- Organizations can submit only one proposal per funding cycle.
- Non-profits with L3C designations are eligible to apply.

The BCC does not award grants to:
- K-12 schools or K-12 school foundations
- Main Streets organizations
- Colleges or universities
- “Friends of…” organizations whose primary purpose is to support government entities

Grant funding may not be used for the following items:
- To pay salaries or stipends for employees of the school system, library, parks department, or municipality.
- On capital expenditures for schools, libraries, other municipal agencies.
- On programming that discriminates or discourages participation on the basis of race, gender, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2021 Boston Cultural Council grant application is open until December 14 at 5 p.m. Print applications must be received by December 11 at 5 p.m.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Print applications must be scanned and emailed, or mailed to 1 City Hall Square, Room 802, Boston MA, 02201.

For questions, email You can also sign up for office hours. Schedule a meeting at

Arts and Culture
1 City Hall Square
Room 802
Boston, MA 02201-2029

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USA: Massachusetts: Boston


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