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Grants for General Operating Support to Boston,
Massachusetts Nonprofits that Offer Arts Programming

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

Deadline Date:

10/15/19 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of $2,000, $3,500, and $5,000 to Boston, Massachusetts small and medium-sized nonprofits that provide arts and cultural programming for general operating support. Funding is intended to assist nonprofits in providing innovative humanities, interpretive science, and arts programming that enhances the local quality of life.

Under the revised grantmaking approach, the BCC offers general operating support grants to organizations with budgets of less than $2 million.

Ensuring BCC grants contribute towards the goals above requires intentional effort to fund organizations that promote cultural equity in the Boston arts ecosystem. It is for this reason that the BCC has recently made a shift in its grantmaking strategy. Rather than grant to organizations within any budget range, going forward, the BCC will be more intentional in supporting small to mid-sized arts organizations in the Boston arts ecosystem.

Organizations can apply for the grant for the following art categories:

  • Music
  • Film and video
  • Folk and traditional art
  • Visual art
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Humanities
  • Literary arts
  • Performance or time-based arts
  • Social and civic practices, and
  • Multi-disciplinary arts

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145146

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may apply for grants up to a set limit, based on their organizational size (total expenses from the most recently completed fiscal year). If an organization is selected as a recipient, they will
receive the total amount they are eligible in their budget category.

The categories are:
- 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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility - Who is Eligible to Apply?

- 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, but who are looking to fund arts and culture programs are welcome to apply.
- Organizations not based in the City of Boston, but whose primary programming takes place in Boston, are eligible.
- Unincorporated groups can apply with a fiscal sponsor as long as they meet the rest of the eligibility criteria. This includes: artist collectives, volunteer groups, publications, and any other group jointly working toward common goals.
- Organizations can submit only one proposal per funding cycle.
- Non-profits with L3C designations are eligible to apply.

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.

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

Pre-Application Information:

The BCC grant application opens on September 1st 2019. Applications must be received on or before October 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm. No late applications will be accepted.

During the 2019 grant cycle, all Boston Cultural Council grants will be made in full and up front. Applicants must demonstrate at least a 1:1 match. The match can include in-kind (non-monetary gifts of goods and services) or donated contributions.

Contact Information:

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

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


1 City Hall Square
Room 802
Boston, Ma 02201-2029
United States

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USA: Massachusetts: Boston

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