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New Round of Cultural Facilities Fund Grants Now Available

The Baker-Polito Administration has allocated a new appropriation for the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. These funds will allow the Mass Cultural Council and MassDevelopment to support capital projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences that create jobs, educate adults and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the state.

It is strongly recommended that you attend one of the public information sessions where the guidelines will be explained in detail. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the application.

Information Sessions October 25 - November 6, 2017
Intent-to-Apply Deadline November 17, 2017
Final Application Deadline January 12, 2018
Grant Decisions Announced June 2018
  1. Read the program guidelines and specific instructions for:
  2. Attend an information session.
  3. Complete the online application.

Fund Overview

CFF grants support projects that create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; expand access and education in the arts, humanities, and sciences; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

Over ten years CFF has awarded grants of $100.1 million across the Commonwealth to  772 projects  that have a total development cost of $2.6 billion. Demand for CFF grants continues to outpace supply: in a 2016 survey, 169 organizations reported $377 million in capital projects through 2018.

CFF recognizes the challenges of facility construction and maintenance. We have worked alongside the cultural sector in Massachusetts since 2007 to systematically plan for and implement the construction of new facilities as well as the maintenance of our current facilities.

This process is accomplished through a variety of grant programs that not only help organizations access needed information and services for  informed capital decision-making, but equips them with resources to execute those decisions as well.

“The Cultural Facilities Fund has allowed us to bring back to life an 1869 historic building in Easthampton as a location for the arts, enhancing our community and offering a place for visitors to experience our distinct cultural offerings. We couldnĺt do this without the Cultural Facilities Fund.”
- CitySpace, Easthampton
Front fašade of old town hall, CitySpace, Easthampton

The Cultural Facilities Fund has supported 554 capital projects and 220 planning projects in 127 cities in towns across Massachusetts. 75% of CFF grants have addressed deferred maintenance while 25% has gone towards new construction or expansion.

Fine Art Works Center, Provincetown “The Cultural Facilities Fund’s investment in our organization is vital to our ability to offer arts-related programming to thousands of students, teachers, emerging visual artists and creative writers, local residents, and other visitors from around the country each year.”
- Fine Art Works Center, Provincetown

2016 Economic Impact

  • CFF projects have hired 23,778 architects, designers, engineers and construction workers
  • 101 million tourists have visited these organizations since 2007
  • 2,092 new full-time permanent jobs have been created as a result of the new construction or renovation of these facilities
  • $91 million has been raised privately to directly match CFF grants 

2016 CFF Fact Sheet


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