The Cultural Data Project (CDP) offers a powerful management and reporting system that allows participants to produce a variety of reports which can be used for organizational self-assessment, and to generate reports as part of the application processes for participating grantmakers.
The CDP was initiated in 2005, operated by The Pew Charitable Trusts until 2013, and is now an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a national board of directors and governance structure. It was launched in Massachusetts in 2009, and is now provided to all nonprofit cultural organizations in Massachusetts at no cost. The Massachusetts CDP is led by a collaborative effort that includes a statewide partnership of public and private funders, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the Barr Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, The Boston Foundation, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and the Linde Family Foundation.
To learn more about the MA Cultural Data Project, we encourage you to explore their website.
Massachusetts Cultural Council's CDP Requirements
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a participating grantmaker in the CDP. Organizations seeking funding in the following programs are required to participate in the Cultural Data Project.
Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP)
Colleagues and Partners in the MCC's Cultural Investment Portfolio are required to participate annually in the CDP. The Funder Report functions as both a final report for the current grant year, and an opt-in for the following-year's grant. Peer organizations in the CIP are encouraged, though not required, to participate. The data CIP organizations enter is used to collect valuable information about the investment our state makes in the cultural sector. Read more about this annual requirement.
Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF)
All applicants applying for a CFF Capital Grant must enter three years of financial, programmatic and operational data into the Massachusetts Cultural Data Project's standardized online form. This information will be assessed by the CFF grant review panel – in conjunction with the planning and financial sections of the application – to determine if an organization has the financial capacity to undertake and sustain the capital project.
If you have questions about the Cultural Data Project system, contact the MA CDP Help Desk at 1-877-707-DATA (877-707-3282) or firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm ET.
Please note, staff at the CDP Help Desk is employed by the Cultural Data Project, not the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
If you have questions about MCC's program requirements or deadlines, contact MCC staff directly, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.