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CIP Advocacy Requirement

This section provides more detail and instructions on the CIP Advocacy Requirement which is a final reporting requirement for current FY19 CIP grants, and a component of the application for continued CIP funding in FY20.

Current FY19 Grantees: Refer to the Contracts Forms page for specific requirements, deadlines, and consequences.

About Advocacy
The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.
To encourage the state’s continued support, we ask that grantees advocate on behalf of the cultural sector by explaining to legislators, in concrete and personal terms, the social and economic benefit of supporting a vibrant cultural community.


  • Advocacy must take place between July 1 and June 1 in the grant year when the report is due.

  • Advocacy must involve direct interaction between a member of the grantee's staff or board, and the Governor of the Commonwealth or a current member of the Massachusetts Legislature.
    • Note: Advocacy with city, local or national level officials, while helpful to build relationships, does not fulfill this requirement. This means that communications with the offices of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Edward Markey, your Federal Representatives, or your mayor/members of your city council do not meet this requirement.

  • Grantees must advocate for the sector as a whole, talking about the value and impact of public support for all cultural organizations, rather than advocating for the grantee’s activities alone.

  • All grantees should submit their advocacy activities to the Mass Cultural Council using the CIP Management Tool. The report will ask you to provide basic information about who at your organization contacted whom, and should reflect activities that took place between July 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019. You can enter advocacy information in the CIP Management Tool anytime during the grant year.

  • Once you have entered Advocacy information in the CIP Management Tool, select the ‘send for review’ button. This sends your advocacy report to CIP Staff, who will review your entry to ensure it complies with the advocacy requirements. Once your advocacy has been approved by CIP staff, you will see your advocacy status change from ‘pending review’ to ‘approved’.


  • Mail legislators your annual report, along with a note thanking them for funding via the Mass Cultural Council.

  • Invite legislators to speak at one of your public events or gala, about the value of public funding for cultural organizations in the state and in their own lives.

  • Meet in-person with your legislator, to talk about your organization’s priorities, and cultural economic development in Massachusetts.

  • Coordinate a message campaign (calls, e-mail, mail) to Governor Baker, encouraging him to continue supporting the sciences, humanities, and arts in Massachusetts.

Support and Resources

  • Mass Cultural Council Staff – Any Mass Cultural Council Cultural Investment Portfolio or Communications staff will be happy to brainstorm with you about ways to meet your advocacy requirement.

  • Mass Cultural Council's Advocacy Action Center – Press releases and tips from the Mass Cultural Council.

  • MASSCreative, an organization committed to lobbying the state on behalf of culture in Massachusetts.

Before engaging in advocacy or lobbying activities, nonprofit organizations should familiarize themselves with the Commonwealth's rules regarding ethics and lobbying. Massachusetts Nonprofit News Network and the Office of Secretary of State William Galvin have further information about the relevant laws and how they apply.

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