Cambridge Arts makes annual awards to support access to professional arts and culture events for Cambridge youth through Field Trip Grants and supports individual artists and organizations through Project Grants. Project Grants are awarded in two categories: Creating & Presenting and Education & Access.

Creating & Presenting Grants support the development and/or presentation of visual arts, dance, film/video, literature, music, theater, multidisciplinary and new media arts.

Education & Access Grants promote in-depth understanding of and participation in the arts.  This category also supports projects that increase participation of populations with limited access to the arts. 

Projects funded in the 2015-2016 grant cycle include a program to engage teens and police officers through hip-hop; temporary public art on Cambridge Commons; the production of new theatrical works; a street festival; sculpture racing; and many more dynamic and socially relevant projects. Read more about our grantees. 

2016/2017 Grant Guidelines:

New this year, the grant application process will be online. Paper applications will not be accepted. 

2016/2017 Grant Timeline:

Grant Information Session & Introduction to New Online Application 
Monday, August 15, 2016, 6-8pm
Cambridge City Hall Annex, Community Conference Room
344 Broadway, 2nd floor

Grant Writing Workshop
Monday, September 12, 2016, 6-8pm
Prior review panelists and grant recipients provide insight into the evaluation process and tips for preparing a successful application. Individual coaching provided for applicants who bring a draft of their grant proposal. Advance registration for this free workshop are required. RSVP to by September 9, 2016. 
Cambridge City Hall Annex, Community Conference Room
344 Broadway, 2nd floor

  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2016 by 5:00pm
  • Review Panels Convene: November 2016
  • Applicants Notified of Panel Decisions: January 2017

In addition to the Cambridge Arts workshops listed above, applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the MCC’s webinars and live training sessions. Contact the MCC directly for more information about these sessions. 

Online application submission help is available on Mondays from 4-7pm and Wednesdays from 10-12pm September 1, 2016 – October 3, 2016, excluding City holidays and September 12. Email or call Director of Community Art, Julie Barry, to reserve your spot. or 617-349-4381

Cambridge Arts also offers one-on-one counseling to guide applicants through the grant proposal writing process. Email or call Director of Community Art, Julie Barry, to set up an appointment. or 617-349-4381