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AAPI Arts & Culture COVID-19 Recovery Grants Available

Jay Wong, Program Coordinator

a row of dancers spin on an outdoor stage in front of a large audience seated in the grass
Dance performance at the Franklin Cultural Festival, Summer 2021.

Mass Cultural Council is pleased to announce pandemic assistance is now available for eligible cultural organizations through the FY22 Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Arts & Culture COVID-19 Recovery Program.

This one-year program, established and funded through a legislative earmark in the FY22 state budget, is intended to uplift and provide financial assistance to AAPI arts and culture organizations that have been economically impacted by the pandemic.

Mass Cultural Council acknowledges the leadership of the House Asian Caucus, who sponsored and secured this funding, and provided valuable assistance as program guidelines were developed. Through their efforts and with this program, Mass Cultural Council continues to prioritize and invest in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the cultural sector, as outlined in our Racial Equity Plan.

The goal of the program, as directed by the Legislature, is to provide pandemic recovery funds to entities that focus on one or more Asian ethnicity and conduct cultural events, cultural education, or cultural performances, with these funds being prioritized to entities who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic. Mass Cultural Council expects to award a total of $970,000 in grant funds towards this purpose. The number of grants and the size of grants will be determined as part of the application review.

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Translation Services Available

As part of the Agency’s Access Policy, Mass Cultural Council is happy to provide translation services so that all individuals can participate in our programs and services. For immediate translations, please use our Google Translate option by clicking the “translate” button at the top right of the screen and select the preferred language. You may also request translation services. However, offline translation requests will take 5-10 business days to complete upon request.


Contact Jay Wong, Program Coordinator.

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