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Agency Dates

Mural in Downtown Lynn Cultural District Stay informed about Mass Cultural Council's offerings using Agency Dates, a complete list of key dates and deadlines for grant opportunities, convenings, and events. This page is updated frequently, so check back often.

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$25.5M for Arts & Culture in Senate Ways & Means Budget

Urge your state Senator to co-sponsor Chair Mark’s Amendment #171 to increase this appropriation

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Programs At-a-Glance

July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024

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Opportunities & Resources for Orgs – May 24

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A monthly round-up of grants, technical assistance resources, and opportunities for creative and cultural organizations

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New Operating Grants for Organizations Available

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Multi-year, unrestricted funding for nonprofit organizations that enrich Massachusetts’ cultural life

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New Round of Festivals & Projects Grants Available

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Grants of $2,500 for organizations to fund activities that provide public benefit using the arts, humanities, or sciences

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The power of culture

Culture lifts the human spirit and makes Massachusetts a better place to live, work, and prosper.

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Culture embraces everyone.

Culture enriches community.

Culture drives growth and opportunity.

Culture empowers a new creative generation.

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What culture does.

When we invest in our cultural life, we invest in our shared future.

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That's the economic impact of culture in our state.



That’s how many jobs are linked to the arts and culture sector in Massachusetts.


That’s the percent of the state economy the cultural sector represents.

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What we do.

We partner with artists, communities, educators, and organizations to unleash the power of culture across Massachusetts. Find out about all of our programs.

Artists & Creatives

We foster creative expression and bring art to a wider audience.

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We expand education and put creativity at the center of youth development.

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We help cities and towns create rich cultural experiences and improve quality of life.

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We help cultural organizations grow and engage more people in our communities.

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From the Blog

Advancing Creativity, Supporting Financial Stability

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Exploring the impact of grants on people receiving public benefits

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$3.66M Awarded through Gaming Mitigation Fund

Grants to support Massachusetts nonprofit and municipal performing arts centers' touring shows or touring artist fees

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From the Blog

Celebrating Our Vibrant Commonwealth

SMU DataArts 2023 data ranks Massachusetts as #3 in the nation for state vibrancy

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