Grants

Cambridge Arts will begin accepting grant applications for the 2020-2021 cycle on Oct. 1, 2020. UPDATE: Cultural Investment Grant applications are due Nov. 16, 2020. The deadline for all other grant opportunities (Local Cultural Council, Art for Racial Justice, and Port Neighborhood) has been extended to Dec. 14, 2020. All links to apply will go live on Oct. 1, check back then to access application portals.

Grant Application Guidelines

Cultural Investment Grants for Organizations. Deadline Nov. 16, 2020.
Local Cultural Council Grants for Individuals or Organizations. Deadline Dec. 14, 2020.
Art for Racial Justice Grants. Deadline Dec. 14, 2020.
Port Neighborhood Grants for Individuals or Organizations. Deadline Dec. 14, 2020.

2020-2021 GRANT TIMELINE:

• 2020 - 2021 Grant Guidelines Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020
• Grant Program Information Session: Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, 6 - 7 p.m. Virtual Meeting via zoom (see registration information below)
• Applications Open: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
• Public Art and School Proposals Eligibility Deadline: Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, by 12 noon
• Grant Writing Workshop: Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, 6 - 7 p.m. Virtual Meeting via zoom (see registration information below)
• Cultural Investment Grant Application Deadline: Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
• Cultural Investment Grant Review Panels Convene: December 2020
• Cultural Investment Grant Applicants Notified of Panel Decisions: Late December 2020
• Local Cultural Council, Art for Racial Justice, and Port Neighborhood Grants Application Deadline: Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
• Project Review Panels Convene: January 2021
• Applicants Notified of Panel Decisions: Late January 2021

GRANT ASSISTANCE:

We're happy to help you work through any questions and concerns you may have as you're preparing your application. If you're having trouble figuring things out, we'd like to help. Never applied before and need help decoding the application? We want to help!

To register for any of the following opportunities, please email Kirsten Swartz at kswartz@cambridgema.gov.

Kirsten Swartz, Cambridge Arts’ Community Arts Administrator, will hold Grant Writing Virtual Office Hours each Thursday from 11 a.m. – 12 noon from Thursday, Sept. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 10. All are welcome to attend one or more these virtual sessions. If Thursdays at 11 a.m. is inconvenient, we can set up another time that would work for you.

A General Information Session and introduction to our online application will be hosted on Monday, Sept. 12, 2020, from 6 - 7 p.m. via Zoom.

A Grant Writing Workshop will be hosted on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, from 6 - 7 p.m. via Zoom. Attendees of this workshop should email a draft of their proposal for review by Oct. 16 to attend the Grant Writing Workshop.

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 Community Arts Administrator, Kirsten Swartz, at kswartz@cambridgema.gov.

Cambridge Arts Grant Program Overview

Cambridge Arts is thrilled to announce a dramatic 200% increase in our funding for this year’s grant program. We are grateful to City leadership for a greater contribution to the annual grant budget, as well as to partners in the Community Foundation and the Curious George Fund for their support of a new grant initiative this year, Art for Racial Justice. Additionally, for the 2020-2021 grant cycle, the Cambridge Arts Grant Program includes a one-time grant category to support the creation of new artistic and cultural projects that respond to and benefit the Port Neighborhood of Cambridge. Funding for this special grant category comes from Percent-for-Art funding tied to the city’s Port Infrastructure Project, which is a multi-year construction project to reduce flooding in the Port Neighborhood.

With these increases, we are changing the categories and format of the grant to provide equitable opportunities for artists and arts organizations based in Cambridge and whose work positively impacts the Cambridge audiences. In addition to the traditional Local Cultural Council Grant through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cambridge Arts has created additional grant opportunities with funding from the City to support individuals, organizations, and opportunities for broader community engagement.

Please Note:
* All projects created with funding through this grant program should follow City and State guidelines for public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
* Applicants can submit only one application to the Cambridge Arts Grant Program for the 2020/2021 Cycle. Please read through the Grant Opportunity Descriptions and the Decision Tree to find the grant opportunity that is right for you. If you need help deciding which grant opportunity to pursue, please reach out to us and we can talk through the options.


2020-2021 Grant Categories

• Cultural Investment Grants for Organizations
Cultural Investment grants provide operating support grants for organizations and programs with public cultural programming that benefits Cambridge residents. Organizations can apply for grants of $9,000 to support operational costs, sustainability, and resiliency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline: Nov. 16, 2020. Application: https://cos.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/55582

Local Cultural Council Grants for Individuals or Organizations
Individuals and organizations may apply to the LCC Grant for projects, ticket subsidy programs, cultural field trips for children, public art, or other activities. Individuals or organizations can apply for grants up to $5,000 to support arts programs or field trips. Deadline: Dec. 14, 2020. Application: https://mass-culture.org/Cambridge Submit supplemental information here: https://cos.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/55571

Art for Racial Justice Grants
Art for Racial Justice Grants support artists to create work with a lens of resilience and racial equity, that benefits people who live or work in Cambridge. Individuals and organizations can apply for grants of $5,000 to support cultural projects that further racial justice. Deadline: Dec. 14, 2020.  Application: https://cos.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/56944

Port Neighborhood Grants for Individuals or Organizations
For the 2020-2021 grant cycle, the Cambridge Arts Grant Program includes a one-time grant category to support the creation of new artistic and cultural projects that respond to and benefit the Port Neighborhood of Cambridge. Funding for this special grant category comes from Percent-for-Art funding tied to the city’s Port Infrastructure Project, which is a multi-year construction project to reduce flooding in the Port Neighborhood. Applicants can apply for up to $9,000 in grant funding to support projects that engage and benefit the Port Neighborhood. Deadline: Dec. 14, 2020. Application: https://cos.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/56943

Decision Tree

Decision Tree for 2020-2021 Cambridge Arts Grants showing available grants.

Grant Application Guidelines

Cultural Investment Grants for Organizations. Deadline Nov. 16, 2020.
Local Cultural Council Grants for Individuals or Organizations. Deadline Dec. 14, 2020.
Art for Racial Justice Grants. Deadline Dec. 14, 2020.
Port Neighborhood Grants for Individuals or Organizations. Deadline Dec. 14, 2020.

For any applicants interested in applying for a grant to support a public art project, please refer to the: Public Art Project Guidelines.