Cambridge Arts invites eligible artists and organizations to apply for our 2019 - 2020 grant cycle. Cambridge Arts will begin accepting the Required Supplementary Materials through our online application portal on August 1, 2019. The Mass Cultural Council online application will be available September 1, 2019.

Cambridge Arts makes annual awards to support access to professional arts and cultural 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 our 2019 - 2020 Grant Guidelines for more information.

2019 - 2020 Grant Timeline:

  • 2019 - 2020 Grant Guidelines Published: Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Grant Program Information Session: Monday, August 12, 2019 6:00 - 8:00pm City Hall Annex Community Room, 344 Broadway, Second Floor
  • Public Art and School Proposals Eligibility Deadline: Friday, September 13, 2019 by 12 Noon
  • Grant Writing Workshop: Monday, September 16, 2019 6:00 - 8:00pm City Hall Annex Community Room, 344 Broadway, Second Floor
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by 11:59PM
  • Review Panels Convene: November/December 2019
  • Applicants Notified of Panel Decisions: January 15, 2020


Step 1: Download and read the 2019 - 2020 Grant Guidelines.

Step 2: Complete the Mass Cultural Council's Application through the Mass Cultural Council Grant Application web portal. (Available September 1, 2019)

Step 3: Submit the required Supplementary Materials through the Cambridge Arts web portal. This step can be started now, but cannot be completed until after submitting the Mass Cultural Council Application (Step 2), which will be available on September 1st.

The Mass Cultural Council Application AND the Required Supplementary Materials must both be submitted by 11:59PM on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Your application will not be eligible for review unless both pieces are submitted by the deadline. 

Grant Assistance:

A General Information Session and introduction to our online application will be hosted on Monday, August 12, 2019  from 6 - 8PM at the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor. 

A Grant Writing Workshop will be hosted on Monday September 16, 2019 from 6 - 8PM at the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor. Attendees of this workshop are encouraged to bring a draft of their proposal for review. Please RSVP to by September 12th to attend the Grant Writing Workshop.

Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the Mass Cultural Council's webinars and live training sessions. Contact the Mass Cultural Council directly for more information about these sessions.

Cambridge Arts is happy to provide one-on-one grant consultations. To set up an appointment for a consultation or if you have any questions about the Grant Program please contact Director of Community Arts, Julie Barry, at 617-349-4381 or

Detailed Online Submission Instructions from MCC (PDF)
Detailed Online Submission Instructions from MCC (PDF)