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We are excited to announce that the Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded $9.3 million in capital and planning grants to the cultural sector for 2018. Please see our Funded Projects page to view grant recipients and project details.

Details and the application for the 2019 round of Cultural Facilities Fund are expected to be available in mid-October. Please check the website for periodic updates and sign up for news with Mass Culture Now.


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  853 projects  that have a total development cost of $2.6 billion. Demand for CFF grants continues to outpace supply: in a 2017 survey, 169 organizations reported $114 million in capital projects through 2019.

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 617 capital projects and 259 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.

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

2017 Economic Impact

  • CFF projects have hired 25,513 architects, designers, engineers and construction workers
  • 101 million tourists have visited these organizations since 2007
  • 2,168 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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