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Programs A-Z

A list of program-related dates is also available.


Card to Culture
Interagency partnerships to increase access to cultural experiences for all Massachusetts residents.

Cultural Districts
An initiative to allow communities to create state-sponsored cultural districts to stimulate new arts and cultural activity and attract creative businesses.

Cultural Facilities Fund
Grants supporting the sound planning and development of cultural facilities.

Cultural Investment Portfolio
Includes unrestricted funding for nonprofit arts, humanities, and interpretive science organizations.

CultureRx Initiative
Advancing the role of culture as a protective factor for the health of everyone in the Commonwealth.

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

Gaming Mitigation Fund
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit and municipal performing arts centers to spend on touring shows or touring artist fees.

Grants for Creative Individuals
NEW in FY24: This program aims to equitably advance creative expression throughout the Commonwealth with unrestricted grants to Massachusetts artists, culture bearers, and creative individuals. Grants are $5,000.

Local Cultural Council Program
Local Cultural Councils serving every city and town in Massachusetts offer grants to projects benefiting their community.

Operating Grants for Organizations
NEW in FY24! Multi-year, unrestricted operating grants to nonprofit organizations that enrich Massachusetts’ cultural life. Grant amounts start at $6,000.

New England States Touring Program (NEST)
Support to nonprofits for performances, readings, and related community activities by artists in New England Foundation for the Arts’s NEST Program.

Social Prescription Program
A program to reimburse nonprofit cultural organizations that accept social prescriptions from professional care providers. Part of our CultureRx Initiative.

STARS Residencies
Grants for residencies of 3 days or more with teaching artists, scientists, humanists, or cultural organizations.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeships
Funding for mentor artists to mentor apprentices in one-on-one learning experiences of traditional music, craft, or dance.

Universal Participation Initiative
We’re putting inclusive design at the center of our work with cultural organizations across the Commonwealth.

Multi-year grants to Creative Youth Development programs that integrate substantive out-of-school arts, humanities, and science opportunities into a collaborative community response to the needs of youth.


Agency Dates
A list of key dates for our programs and events (workshops, trainings, convenings).

Our blog celebrating art and the creative process.

Creative Minds Out Loud
Our podcast for arts & culture nerds, offering a glimpse into Massachusetts’ cultural capital; to inform, inspire, and share stories of our sector.
A free, online listing of creative employment opportunities in Massachusetts that includes administrative, production, volunteer and intern opportunities.

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