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Radical Imagination for Racial Justice (RIRJ) Program

Grants to Massachusetts Artists of Color in
Eligible Locations to Support Creative Projects

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Radical Imagination for Racial Justice (RIRJ) - Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and City of Boston - Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC)

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Grants to Massachusetts artists of color in eligible locations to support creative projects. Funding is intended to assist individual artists, ages 14 years and up, whose work and projects advance the idea of social justice. Eligible applicants are residing and working in Boston. The purpose of the grant is to support the artist's practice, their artistic voice, and their world-building vision in collaboration with their community.

Grants support many types of artists, including cultural organizers, artist activists, culture bearers, and creators of dynamic experiences. Eligible projects include:

  • Projects that help to imagine a racially just Boston and further racial justice in the present.
  • Projects that involve some aspect of collaboration with the community. Applicants are invited to imagine and define what “community,” “community members,” and/or “partners” mean to them and their collaborators. 
  • Projects that have artists and community collaborators based in the City of Boston.
  • Projects that will have an impact on the city 

The $1,000 is an approachable opportunity for applicants who may not have a lot of experience, or who may want to do something on a small scale and time frame. The larger grants are for bigger projects that will have more expectations around community collaboration and impact.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190258

Number of Grants:

15 grants will be available in three amounts: 10 grants of $1,000; 2 grants of $25,000; 3 grants of $40,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are offered in three amounts: $1,000, $25,000, and $40,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be accomplished by September 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ALAANA+ artists (African, Latinx/a/o, Asian, Arab, Native American, Indigenous, First Peoples, Black, African American, Multi-racial, People of Color, Caribbean…) living and working in Boston, MA, are eligible.

Applicants must be at least 14 years old to apply. Collectives may apply, with one point of contact for the application(s). Funds will be awarded to the individual who applies.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A youth information session is offered on June 1, 2020, 6:00 PM.

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Pre-Application Information:

The online application is open through July 8, 2020.

To apply for a $1,000 grant applicants submit one online application either by answering the questions in writing or uploading a video of themselves answering the questions. The RIRJ panel will review applications and let applicants know if they have received funding by July 6, 2020.

Applying for loans of $25,000 or $40,000 is a two-stage process. The first phase application is meant to get an initial idea of the applicant, his/her work, and the project they're applying for. Based on those initial ideas, a group of artists will be invited to submit a full proposal in the second phase. The first phase application closes June 8th. The second phase opens July 6th and closes August 3rd.

Staff will be available to answer questions via email and phone before and during the grant application process.

All artists are expected to participate in an opening celebration in October 2020 and a closing celebration in September 2021.

Artists receiving $25K & $40K will participate in four gatherings with one another during the project year (Nov ‘20, Feb ‘21, May ‘21, and Aug ‘21) to build fellowship, engage in sustained conversations about racial justice in Boston, and share how their projects are evolving.

Artists receiving $1,000 are encouraged to attend these additional gatherings, and will be offered a stipend of up to $500 for participation.

For the $25K and $40K awards, selected artists will need to have a minimum of two engagements in/with their community during the project year.

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

Apply for $1,000 grant:

Apply for $25,000 or $40,000 grant:

Direct questions to
Perpetual Hayfron. Program Coordinator
(617) 879-7047.

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