$99,000 In Organizational Investment Grants Awarded To 11 Cambridge Organizations


Eleven Cambridge organizations have been awarded $99,000 in Organizational Investment Grants by Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge. The new funding program provides $9,000 grants to local cultural organizations to support operational costs, sustainability, and resiliency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet the urgent financial need, Cambridge Arts doubled the speed as which it processes applications, reducing the time from when applications were received to grant announcements to six weeks. 

• Agassiz Baldwin Community 
• Brattle Film Foundation 
• Cambridge Arts Association 
• Cambridge Children’s Chorus 
• Central Square Theater 
• Global Arts Live 
• Innovators for Purpose 
• The Loop Lab 
• Multicultural Arts Center 
• The New Dance Complex 
• Studio @ 550 

This fall Cambridge Arts tripled funding for grants with support from the City of Cambridge. The Organizational Investment Grants are one of three new funding opportunities Cambridge Arts is offering this fall--including Art for Racial Justice Grants and Port Neighborhood Grants. 

“The City of Cambridge had been planning a major increase to its funding for the arts, and we’re especially pleased at this time to be able to share this increase with the community as artists and creative organizations are facing crises from shut downs to prevent the spread of coronavirus," Cambridge Arts Executive Director Jason Weeks said. 

Cambridge contributes substantial funding to arts and cultural grants in addition to funding it receives through the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council Program. In the 2019-2020 grant cycle, Cambridge added $82,000 to $27,600 from the state arts agency. For the 2020-2021 grant cycle, Cambridge has allocated more than $320,000 plus $20,000 from the Cambridge Community Foundation and $5,000 from the Curious George Fund. 

Winners of the Local Cultural Council Grants, Art for Racial Justice Grants and Port Neighborhood Grants are expected to be announced in January.