From jazz and independent film to town celebrations and folk traditions, festivals are a core part of our state's arts and culture ecosystem. Festivals build community, foster cultural exchange and understanding, and help tourism. They add a rich and vibrant texture to communities, and provide access to arts, heritage, and educational programs that engage wide and varied audiences.
The Festivals Program is designed to provide funding to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting, and developing audiences.
Since its inception, the program has funded over 220 festivals with awards of $500 each. Grant recipients also have access to webinars on social media, data collection and sustainability.
For additional information about applying to the Festivals Program,
please refer to the application