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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits Providing Cultural
Programming in Eligible Regions to Support Operations

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Cambridge Arts

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10/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of $9,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to support operations. The purpose of this program is to support organizations providing cultural programming that benefits local residents. Funding is intended to support organizational sustainability and resiliency. Applicants must offer public cultural programming in Cambridge and maintain year-round operations in Cambridge.

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GrantWatch ID#: 192367

Number of Grants:

Ten grants will be awarded.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizational Investment Grant Eligibility: Cultural Nonprofit Organizations and Cultural Affiliates may apply for organization grants. Each entity must meet the eligibility requirements, and all criteria according to the entity’s organization type described below.

Cultural Nonprofit Organizations must be a Massachusetts recognized 501(c)3 organization. The organization’s primary mission must be to promote access, excellence, diversity, or education in the arts, humanities, or sciences.
Cultural Affiliates are semi-independent programs that operate under a parent organization. The primary mission of a Cultural Affiliate must be to promote access, excellence, diversity, or education in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences. The Cultural Affiliate must meet all eligibility requirements, plus additional requirements that apply exclusively to the Cultural Affiliates.

The parent organization for the Cultural Affiliate must be one of the following:
- A Massachusetts recognized non-fully cultural 501(c)3 organization. For example, a literary magazine or art museum at a college, or an arts program in a social service organization.
- A department of a federal, state, or local/municipal government. For example, a Local Cultural Council that provides cultural programming.

To be eligible to apply, all applicants must meet all the following requirements:
- Be legally recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in good standing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Be a nonprofit organization or a Cultural Affiliate that has provided public cultural programming for the past two consecutive years.
- Offer public cultural programming in Cambridge and maintain year-round operations in Cambridge.
- Have minimum cash expenses of $50,000 for each of the two years before the application.
- For Media organizations (such as community access television stations): Over 50% of programming time must be arts, humanities, or sciences programming produced by or for the applicant. This includes original creative content, original documentary content, original arts and culture programming. Calculation of eligibility should only count the
original broadcast, not re-broadcast.

Cultural Affiliate Requirements
These requirements only apply to programs with a parent organization.
Cultural Affiliates also must:
- Manage your own budget.
- Have at least one full-time (min. 30 hours per week) compensated administrative staff position dedicated solely to the operation of the cultural entity. Having several employees whose cumulative time totals 30 hours per week does not meet this requirement.
- Have your own advisory board that meets regularly to discuss policy, strategic direction, and resource development plans to ensure long-term sustainability.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Jason Weeks, Cambridge Arts’ Executive Director, will hold Grant Writing Virtual Office Hours each Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon from Monday, Sept. 20, through Thursday, Oct. 14. All are welcome to attend one or more these virtual sessions. If Mondays at 11 a.m. are inconvenient, Cambridge Arts can set up another time that would work for you.

To register, please email Jason Weeks at

Pre-Application Information:

Cambridge Arts will begin accepting grant applications for the 2021-2022 cycle on Oct. 1, 2021.

Deadline to apply: Oct. 15, 2021, by 11:59 p.m..

2021-2022 Grant Timeline
- 2021-2022 Grant Guidelines Published: Mid-September 2021
- Applications Open: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2021
- Public Art and School-Based Proposals Eligibility Deadline: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, by 12 noon
- Local Cultural Council, Art for Social Justice, and Organizational Investment Grants Application Deadline: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, by 11:59 p.m.
- Project Review Panels Convene: November and December 2021
- Applicants Notified of Panel Decisions: Mid-January 2022

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

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Cambridge Arts is happy to provide one-on-one grant consultations. To set up an appointment for a consultation or if you have any questions about the Grant Program please contact Executive Director, Jason Weeks, at

For assistance, please reach out to Kirsten Swartz at

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