Creative Communities
Supporting Communities
Grant Programs include

329 Local Cultural Councils, representing the largest grassroots network of arts support in the nation. These organizations fund school field trips to arts museums, plays, and historic sites, afterschool programs, workshops, free performances, and festivals. The councils are comprised of more than 2,300 volunteers who represent a cross-section of their communities; they are artists, business leaders, lawyers, librarians, homemakers, parents, and teachers.

A Festivals Program providing funding to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting, and developing audiences.

Direct support for nearly 400 outstanding nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations that are the foundation our state’s rich cultural life. Our Cultural Investment Portfolio provides critical operating support that helps them more effectively serve their communities. Cultural Facilities Fund grants also provide vital support to allow these organizations to repair, restore, and expand the buildings where the creative work takes place.

Additionally, Mass Cultural Council's Artist Fellowships recognize the unique contribution made by artists to the cultural vitality of the Commonwealth.

In addition to grants, Mass Cultural Council works to elevate the role of arts and culture in community life through the following:

Our Cultural Districts Initiative builds on this work by giving cities and towns new tools and resources to strengthen local economies by focusing on culturally rich downtowns and neighborhoods.

For years we have partnered with MassINC to advance the fortunes of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities by building the capacity of local cultural networks. And we work with other arts funders like the Boston Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts to help strengthen nonprofit cultural institutions through training and online education.

Communities are further supported through Mass Cultural Council’s various online services such as ArtSake,, and SpaceFinder Mass.

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