Cambridge Arts invites people to to apply for our 2017 - 2018 grant cycle.
We will begin accepting applications August 1st, 2017. The MCC Grant Portal will be available September 1st, 2017.

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.

Field Trip Grants are used to purchase tickets for Cambridge youth (pre-K though grade 12) to attend professional arts and cultural events in or outside of Cambridge.

Please see Grant Guidelines for more information. Note: Applications must be submitted through the Massachusetts Cultural Council's grant application web portal, which will not be live until Sept. 1, 2017.


October 16, 2017 at 11:59PM


Step 1: We encourage you to download and read the “Grant Guidelines.”

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Step 2: Complete the MCC Online Application through the MCC Grant Application web portal.

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Step 3: Submit the required Supplementary Materials through the Cambridge Arts Grants web portal.

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The Application AND Additional Required Supplementary Materials must both be submitted by 11:59PM on Monday, October 16, 2017 via this two (2) step process.

2017 - 2018 Grant Timeline:

  • Public Art & School Proposals Eligibility Deadine: Friday, September 15, 2017 by 12 Noon
  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2017 by 11:59PM
  • Review Panels Convene: November/December 2017
  • Applicants Notified of Panel Decisions: January 15, 2018

2017 - 2018 Grant Assistance:

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.

A general information and introduction to our online application is available on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the City Hall Annex from 6-8PM. A Grant Writing Workshop will be hosted on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the City Hall Annex from 6-8PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring a draft of their proposals for review. RSVP to by September 13th to reserve your spot.

Cambridge Arts also offers one-on-one counseling to guide applicants through the grant proposal writing process. Email or call Executive Director, Jason Weeks, to set up an appointment. or 617-349-4383.