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Funding Opportunity: Mass Cultural Council Launches Operating Grants for Organizations

New grant program offers unrestricted support to cultural organizations

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BOSTON — Applications are now being accepted to Mass Cultural Council’s Operating Grants for Organizations program FY25 grant round.

This is a new grant program for Mass Cultural Council, which will provide multi-year, unrestricted operating grants to nonprofit cultural organizations and cultural affiliates that enrich cultural life across the Commonwealth.

As the Commonwealth’s independent state arts agency, Mass Cultural Council is charged with bolstering the creative and cultural sector, thereby advancing economic vitality, supporting transformational change, and celebrating, preserving, and inspiring creativity across all Massachusetts communities. The Agency pursues this mission through a broad range of programs, services, advocacy, and the equitable investment of public resources.

Mass Cultural Council anticipates the minimum Operating Grants amount will be $6,000 in FY25, which begins on July 1, 2024. Final awards will be determined after applications are submitted and are dependent upon the amount of funding available for the Operating Grants for Organizations program, based on the Agency’s annual FY25 state budget appropriation, FY25 governing Council approved Spending Plan, and the number of applicants to the program. Grants will be made for one year and are renewable annually for up to 5 years.

With the launch of this new program, Mass Cultural Council will begin to phase out the Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP) program, which has been the primary method of supporting cultural organizations with operating support since 2010.

Key dates for the FY25 Operating Grants for Organizations grant round include:

  • Applications Open – March 14, 2024
  • Information Session – March 20, 2024
  • Applications Due – June 13, 2024 (11:59PM EDT)
  • Grant Notifications – Expected November 2024

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the program guidelines for more information, including instructions on how to apply.

For information and to stay up to date on other Mass Cultural Council funding opportunities this fiscal year, prospective applicants are encouraged to follow the Agency on social media – @MassCultural – or sign up to receive the monthly Power of Culture e-newsletter.

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