Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates $9.3 Million in Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Awards
Fund has invested over $100 million in the creative economy since 2007
(May 18, 2017 - New Bedford, MA) – The Baker-Polito Administration and Massachusetts Cultural Council today announced $9.3 million in new awards from Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF), celebrating over $100 million in total cultural sector investments since the fund was established ten years ago. An additional $10 million in funding was included in the Baker-Polito Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Budget Plan released last week.
2018 Round of Funding
We hope to announce details for a 2018 round of funding in the fall of 2017. Please check this page for periodic updates and sign up for the Mass Cultural Council's newsletter.
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
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.
||“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