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Arts and Culture Grant Program

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Arts and
Cultural Programming in the MetroWest Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Foundation for MetroWest - MetroWest Fund for Arts and Culture

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Deadline Date:

08/05/19 5:00 PM


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Grants typically ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to support arts and cultural programming throughout the MetroWest region. Funding may be requested for arts education, performing arts activities, gallery exhibitions, and historic preservation.

Through its Fund for the Arts & Culture, the Foundation for MetroWest awards discretionary grants that align with the vision for a vibrant community where artistic and cultural projects improve the quality of life for local residents and contribute to the economic vitality of the region. In particular, the Foundation seeks to support, promote, and provide access to arts and cultural programming that celebrate creative expression, foster an appreciation of diversity, and preserve the area’s collective history and heritage.

The Foundation encourages proposals that focus on:
- Visual and performing arts education for all individuals
- Performance series that resonate with changing audiences (single performances will not be considered)
- Gallery exhibitions or programming
- Historic preservation of cultural landmarks in the region

Capacity building grants will also be considered.

When reviewing proposals the Foundation considers:
- Programs that meet a documented need, are well planned and have clear, measurable goals
- Organizations that are financially sound and have the capacity to support the proposed project
- Potential impact on the intended beneficiaries
- Potential for sustainability and impact beyond the grant period
- Clearly indicate how the requested funds will be used within a specified timeframe

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173565

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded. The typical grant ranges from $1,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

One-year grants are awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Have 501(c)(3) tax status as a registered nonprofit organization OR have an eligible fiscal sponsor
- Not discriminate in the hiring of staff or the provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability
- Serve the MetroWest region. (MetroWest is defined as the following 33 cities and towns: Acton, Ashland, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Harvard, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston, and Westwood.)

To be eligible for funding, a prior grantee must have completed its project and/or spent all funds from Foundation for MetroWest and submitted its final report.

Ineligible organizations include:
- City/town agencies, including libraries
- Individuals
- Schools – private, public, pre-K, charter, or Chapter 766

Please note, the Foundation for MetroWest reviews youth-serving programs through the Youth Development Grant Program and will not consider such requests through the Arts & Culture Grant Program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Foundation for MetroWest 2019 Grant Open House will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM EDT at Wellesley Free Library.

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

The 2019 grant cycle is an online process and will operate based on the following timeline:
- June 24 9:00 AM: Applications open online
- August 5 at 5:00 PM: Deadline for proposals
- September 16 - October 4: Potential site visits and/or follow-up conversations
- Mid-November: Applicants notified of decision

Awards will be determined by mid-November. Grantees will be notified by email of decisions and grant recipients will receive necessary paperwork and funding within two weeks of the notification date.

If you have questions regarding the eligibility or suitability of your proposal, you are encouraged to email as early as possible to schedule a time to discuss them.

How to Apply:
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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.

Online application portal:

Caroline Murphy, Senior Program Officer

Foundation for MetroWest
3 Eliot Street, Natick MA 01760

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: MetroWest Region