Grants

Applying For Grants

Information about how to apply for grants in the 2022-2023 Cambridge Arts grant cycle is available at our How To Apply For Grants page. Apply Oct. 17, 2022.


$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 funding program provides $9,000 grants to support operational costs, sustainability, and resiliency for local cultural organizations that benefit Cambridge residents.

This year’s recipients are:
• Brattle Film Foundation
• Cambridge Art Association
• Cambridge Community Television
• Central Square Theater
• Community Art Center
• The Dance Complex
• Global Arts Live (formerly “World Music”)
• Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
• Liars & Believers, Inc.
• Maud Morgan Arts (part of the agency formerly known as Agassiz Baldwin Community)
• Multicultural Arts Center
(Full organization descriptions see Grant Recipients page.)

This is the second year of the Organizational Investment Grants, which began as part of Cambridge Arts’ covid relief efforts. Rather than funding individual cultural projects, like most Cambridge Arts grants, our Organizational Investment Grants offer our largest financial grants to local organizations to support their ongoing, overall good work. Creating this category just for organizations also helps individual artists by creating more funding opportunities for them in our other grant categories—because of less competition there with substantial organizations.

Overall Cambridge Arts and the City are distributing grants totaling $299,350 to artists and community organizations this year through three funding opportunities that Cambridge Arts offered last fall—including Art for Social Justice Grants, Local Cultural Council Grants, and Organizational Investment Grants. Each year, the City of Cambridge contributes substantial funding to support local artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations through the Cambridge Arts Grant Program. This support is coupled with funding received through the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s statewide Local Cultural Council Program.



Cambridge Arts: $117,856 for Local Cultural Council Grants to 31 Cambridge Projects. With images of a pianist, dancers, a guitarist, a filmmaker, and a choir.

$117,856 In Cambridge Arts Grants Fund 31 Local Cultural Projects
Including Musical Performed By Deaf Actors, Skatepark Public Art, Music For Homeless Shelters

March 7, 2022--Thirty-one projects will receive grants totaling $117,856 from Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge’s Local Cultural Council Grants. This grassroots grants program, operated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council across the Commonwealth, supports Cambridge projects including dance, films, music, public art, and theater. They represent the wealth of artistic activity across the city.

Grant-funded Cambridge projects include a musical performed by both deaf and hearing actors, public art for the Lynch Family Skatepark, and hip-hop performances. The grants support free Caribbean steelpan education, orchestral concerts of film and TV music, and a project that pairs composers with poets who are homeless to compose new music to be performed at homeless shelters. Funded projects address a range of subjects including climate change, Asian hate crimes during the covid pandemic, and how the Caribbean slave trade and colonization are reflected in Latin dance. (See full listing at 2021-2022 Grant Recipients webpage.)

Overall Cambridge Arts and the City are distributing grants totaling $299,350 to artists and community organizations this year through three funding opportunities that Cambridge Arts offered last fall—including Art for Social Justice Grants and Local Cultural Council Grants, which have been announced, and Organizational Investment Grants, which will be announced soon. Each year, the City of Cambridge contributes substantial funding to support local artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations through the Cambridge Arts Grant Program. This support is coupled with funding received through the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s statewide Local Cultural Council Program.



Yara Laceaga-Rojas (Nuttymar Photography)
Yara Liceaga-Rojas (Nuttymar Photography)

$82,500 In Art For Social Justice Grants Awarded By Cambridge Arts


Feb. 28, 2022—Public art at an historic Cambridge house to raise awareness of Black history and Cambridge’s complicity in the slave trade. A mentorship program for early-career dancers of color. A photography and performance project highlighting Black femme bodies taking up space in white-dominated places. A dance about migration and xenophobia.

These are among the 11 projects that have been awarded Art for Social Justice Grants totaling $82,500 by Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge. (Full listing at our 2021-2022 Grant Recipients webpage.) The new funding program—grants are $7,500 each—supports projects that present the themes and ongoing work of social justice to the Cambridge public through the arts.

Art for Social Justice Grants are one of three funding opportunities Cambridge Arts offered last fall—including Organizational Investment Grants and Local Cultural Council Grants, which will be announced soon. Each year, the City of Cambridge contributes substantial funding to support local artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations through the Cambridge Arts Grant Program. This support is coupled with funding received through the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s statewide Local Cultural Council Program. Overall Cambridge Arts and the City are distributing grants totaling $299,350 to artists and community organizations through these programs.

The Art for Social Justice Grants were developed to support artistic projects that positively impact and elevate issues related to health, education, food, housing, laws, information and digital access, transportation, political and economic opportunity and agency, environmental health, public safety, civic participation and activation of public spaces. In particular, Art for Social Justice Grants seek to reflect the interests, visions, and participation of those who have historically been underserved and underrepresented, including but not limited to those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, others who identify as people of color, and people with disabilities.