Grants

Cambridge Arts tripled funding for grants and launched three new grant programs with support from the City of Cambridge for its current, 2020-2021 grants cycle. Learn about all the programs funded and the panelists who reviewed the applications.

The four grant categories were:

• Art for Racial Justice Grants: Nine grants totaling $45,000. New grant program supports artists to create work with a lens of resilience and racial equity to benefit people who live or work in Cambridge.

• Local Cultural Council Grants: 31 grants totaling $119,882. This grassroots grants program, operated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council across the Commonwealth, supports Cambridge projects ranging from music to video too dance to literature. They represent the wealth of artistic activity across the city. In addition to $28,500 in funding from the Mass Cultural Council, the state arts agency, these new Cambridge Local Cultural Council Grants are supported by an additional $91,382 from the City of Cambridge--76 percent of the total.

• Organizational Investment Grants: 11 grants totaling $99,000. The new funding program gives local cultural organizations support for operational costs, sustainability, and resiliency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Port Neighborhood Grants: 10 grants totaling $90,000. New grant program supports projects that respond to and benefit Cambridge’s Port Neighborhood. Funded with 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.

“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, overall, Cambridge has allocated more than $320,000 plus $20,000 from the Cambridge Community Foundation and $5,000 from the Curious George Fund.

Learn about all the programs funded during the 2020-2021 cycle and the panelists who reviewed the applications.