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In Fiscal Year 2021 Mass Cultural Council invited its Cultural Districts to apply for up to $7,500 in assistance to support rebuilding and renewal efforts in their communities and ultimately awarded a total of $359,000 to 48 districts. Fifty-six percent (56%) of those grants were earmarked for artists and other creatives, investing directly into a sector devastated by the pandemic, Cultural Districts also used the grant to supplement COVID-19 safety interventions in their spaces.
Cultural Districts were especially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as cultural assets and traditional brick and mortar stores were closed for months. For Cultural District managers, this was a trying time as they worked to not only make each entity aware of the relief opportunities available, but also to serve as the point people locally working to raise spirits of the surrounding communities.
Investments made in this grant round include:
Mass Cultural Council administers the Cultural Districts Initiative on behalf of the Commonwealth, established in 2011 through an act of the state Legislature. This program enables state-designated Cultural Districts to drive economic growth, strengthen the influence of distinctive local character, and improve the quality of life across Massachusetts in our communities. There are currently 51 state-designated Cultural Districts helping our cultural communities thrive statewide.
|Amherst Center Cultural District||Amherst||$7,500|
|Aquinnah Circle Cultural & Historic District||Chilmark||$7,500|
|Arlington Cultural District||Arlington||$7,500|
|Barnstable Village Cultural District||Barnstable||$7,500|
|Bedford Cultural District||Bedford||$7,500|
|Beverly Arts District||Beverly||$7,500|
|Boston Little Saigon Cultural District||Boston||$7,500|
|Boston’s Latin Quarter||Boston||$7,500|
|Canalway Cultural District||Lowell||$7,500|
|Central Square Cultural District||Cambridge||$7,500|
|Concord Center Cultural District||Concord||$7,500|
|Cottage Street Cultural District||Easthampton||$7,500|
|Crossroads Cultural District||Greenfield||$7,500|
|Downtown Lynn Cultural District||Lynn||$7,500|
|Fall River Waterfront Cultural District||Fall River||$7,500|
|Fenway Cultural District||Boston||$7,500|
|Framingham Centre Common Cultural District||Framingham||$7,500|
|Franklin Cultural District||Franklin||$7,500|
|Great Barrington Cultural District||Great Barrington||$7,500|
|Harbortown Cultural District||Gloucester||$7,500|
|Hyannis HyArts Cultural District||Barnstable||$7,500|
|Lenox Cultural District||Lenox||$7,500|
|Marlborough Downtown Village Cult. District||Marlborough||$7,500|
|Maynard Cultural District||Maynard||$7,500|
|Nantucket Cultural District||Nantucket||$7,500|
|Natick Center Cultural District||Natick||$7,500|
|Newburyport Cultural District||Newburyport||$7,500|
|North Adams Cultural District||North Adams||$7,500|
|Orleans Cultural District||Orleans||$7,500|
|Paradise City Cultural District||Northampton||$7,500|
|Plymouth Bay Cultural District||Plymouth||$7,500|
|Provincetown Cultural District||Provincetown||$7,500|
|Riverfront Cultural District||Haverhill||$7,500|
|Rockport Cultural District||Rockport||$7,500|
|Rocky Neck Cultural District||Gloucester||$7,500|
|Roxbury Cultural District||Boston||$7,500|
|Salisbury Cultural District||Worcester||$7,500|
|Scituate Harbor Cultural District||Scituate||$7,500|
|Seaport Cultural District||New Bedford||$7,500|
|Shelburne Falls Cultural District||Shelburne||$7,500|
|Shovel Town Cultural District||Easton||$7,500|
|Springfield Central Cultural District||Springfield||$7,500|
|Turners Falls Cultural District||Montague||$7,500|
|Upstreet Cultural District||Pittsfield||$7,500|
|Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District||Tisbury||$7,500|
|West Concord Junction Cultural District||Concord||$7,500|
|Williamstown Cultural District||Williamstown||$7,500|
|Winchester Cultural District||Winchester||$7,500|