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$1,500 Grants Available for Spring/Summer Festivals

Lisa Simmons, Program Manager

A still from Martin & the Magical Forest, screening as part of the Belmont World Film’s 19th Annual Family Festival which runs January 14-23, 2022.

At Mass Cultural Council, we recognize that festivals celebrate the essence of our local communities. From cultural celebrations to art fairs and holiday strolls, they provide opportunities to bring people together for shared experiences in the arts and culture.

Last year we came to understand the ups and downs of producing festivals during a pandemic and were able to respond by supporting both online and in-person events. And we were wowed by the incredibly creative ways festival producers were able to keep producing during COVID-19.

As we continue with the second FY22 cycle of Festivals grants, we are proud to offer increased award amounts (from $500 in FY21 to $1,500 in FY22) in recognition of the hard work of event producers. We want to provide deeper support so festivals can hire local talent and create innovative programming. Grants to 99 Fall/Winter festivals have already been awarded this fiscal year.

The Spring/Summer Festivals grant round will support festivals taking place March 1 – August 31, 2022. Program guidelines and application are now available. Register for an information session on January 20, 2022. Applications are due March 1, 2022.

Mass Cultural Council has also created a Festivals Toolkit, a resource for all festival and event producers. This toolkit is a product of the Festivals Audience Lab, a project between the Mass Cultural Council and ArtsBoston that is intended to help organizations build diverse audience in the arts and culture sector through disruptive innovations in marketing practices, using collaborative and data-informed experimentation.

We hope the toolkit helps people reimagine what is possible and effective as they develop and produce festivals. We are excited to support your work and look forward to seeing what communities create!

The Festivals Program supports Mass Cultural Council’s goal of enriching communities.

Read the Program Guidelines

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