FLOW: A Grant Program for The Port


Applications are available now!
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Calling all individuals, collaborative groups, organizations, artists, businesses, youth, or schools who have an idea for a community-building public project for The Port neighborhood that places the arts in a central role.

The Cambridge Arts Percent-for-Art Program has just launched a unique one-time grant opportunity to serve The Port, a dense neighborhood situated between Kendall and Central Squares. With a rich history important in the 19th century growth of manufacturing and immigration in Cambridge, The Port currently stands at a critical point in its evolution.

FLOW: A Grant Program for The Port is tied to a major infrastructure project that the City of Cambridge has begun in order to mitigate flooding in the neighborhood. The grant program is designed to build strength in the community through arts-centered cross-sector projects in the public realm and to provide training in the grant application process.

Cambridge Arts is seeking applications representing all types of art practice and encourages collaborative initiatives that pair businesses or organizations with artists. Proposals may be for indoor or outdoor public spaces, and for programmatic or physical installations. With total funding of $300,000, multiple projects, both temporary and long-term, will be selected. Proposals will be accepted in the following funding categories: $1–20,000, $20,000–50,000, and $50,000–150,000. Implementation will occur over the next 4-5 years.

Public information sessions will be held at:

Community Art Center, 119 Windsor Street on

  • Saturday, January 14, at 9:00am
  • Wednesday, January 18, at 9:00am
  • Monday, January 23, at 6:00pm