Deadline passes for 'recovery' grants for artists

Arlington Cultural Council logoThe local council of the MCC.

UPDATED Oct. 9: Up to $5,000 per person for successful applicants is to be made available by the government in a new program intended to support pandemic recovery for those actively engaged in the cultural arts.

The first information session about this competitive grant program was held virtually in August. Another was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

The application deadline is Nov. 1.

More information can be found using the link here >>

The program is called Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Sector Recovery Grants. The funding has been divided into two programs: one to support organizations whose primary mission is in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences, and another for individual creatives to support recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and to set a path for growth, the MCC says.

This effort is meant to help a wide variety of those participating in culturally relevant work: artists, contractors working in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences, educators promoting cultural education -- and individuals in the "gig" economy, that is to say, people working as self-employed, independently, freelance, via contract, seasonally or temporarily. 

According to an announcement from Amy Chu of the MCC, grantmakers expect to prioritize first-time applicants; applicants in municipalities below the state's median household income and educational attainment; and applicants who self-identify as and/or who serve "people of the global majority — black, indigenous, people of color, Latinx, Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander and all other ethnicities of color."

The MCC is promoting this initiative as directed by Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021 signed by Governor Baker in December. This provides $60.1 million for the two new programs that both are set to launch early in 2023: The Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals, and the Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Organizations.

Decisions are expected by February, according to this website, which contains detailed information on the application process.  

March 2, 2021: Cultural council awards 19 grants totaling $18,515

 This announcement was published Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, based on information from the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture Grants Committee -- formerly known as the Arlington Cultural Council -- and from the Mass Cultural Council. It was updated Oct. 1 and again on Oct. 9 to emphasize that the second and final online information session was Oct. 6 but that applications will be accepted through Nov. 1.

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