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The FY19 Cultural Facilities Fund application is now closed. Grant announcements will be made in June of 2019.

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 $110 million across the Commonwealth to 870 projects  that have a total development cost of $2.6 billion. Demand for CFF grants continues to outpace supply: in a 2018 survey, 127 organizations reported $335 million in capital projects through 2020.

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.

“Without the Cultural Facilities Fund we would not be able to maintain our historic property to the level that it requires. These funds will protect this landmark for future generations. Having to source these funds from private and corporate resources is an overwhelming undertaking and having a fund dedicated to orgs like ours is imperative to their future existence.”
- Lowell’s Boat Shop, Amesbury
Exterior of the Lowell’s Boat Shop, Amesbury

The Cultural Facilities Fund has supported 617 capital projects and 253 planning projects in 135 cities in towns across Massachusetts. 75% of CFF grants have addressed deferred maintenance while 25% has gone towards new construction or expansion.

The Umbrella Community Arts Center, Concord “The support of the Cultural Facilities Fund demonstrates the confidence and support of the Commonwealth in this project, encouraging more individuals, foundations, and corporations to support the project. With both an early investment in the elevator project, and this most recent gift, the Cultural Facilities Fund has greatly supported making The Umbrella accessible to all.”
- The Umbrella Community Arts Center, Concord

2018 Economic Impact

  • CFF projects have hired 27,333 architects, designers, engineers and construction workers
  • 101 million tourists have visited these organizations since 2007
  • 2,301 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 

2018 CFF Fact Sheet


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