Power of Culture Blog
Grants to encourage the development and success of the districts and to foster local cultural preservation
Mass Cultural Council has awarded FY24 Festivals & Projects grants to 740 grantees, totaling $1,850,000. As we embrace our new strategic plan that champions creativity, inclusivity, and equity, we are excited to support these grant recipients ranging from coastal arts festivals to cultural celebrations to indigenous programming. This year’s Festivals & Projects grants mark a significant step forward in our journey to support our vibrant and diverse creative community.
For FY24, applications were reviewed through a collaborative staff process between the Communities and Cultural Investment Portfolio teams and included additional reviewers from across the Agency. The FY24 grant cycle also brought broader eligibility guidelines making the program more inclusive than ever before. An astounding 78.5% of applicants who had previously not received funding from Mass Cultural Council received Festivals & Projects grants this year. Furthermore, 97% of applicants that self-identified as BIPOC-Centered Organizations received funding.
Our dedication to inclusivity includes geographic reach. Every corner of the Commonwealth is receiving Festivals & Projects funding to support their vital, creative projects — from the dynamic Western region to the bustling Greater Boston area. While Metrowest experienced a slight decrease in applications, it’s worth noting that every other region experienced a significant uptick, highlighting the continually growing enthusiasm for public programming throughout the state.
Our focus on inclusion doesn’t end with eligibility criteria or geography; it also permeates through our grantees’ projects. In FY24:
As we look forward to the next grant cycle, we are committed to ensuring that Festivals & Projects remains a platform for organizations, collectives, and projects to serve their communities that are constantly changing.
The application for FY25 Festivals & Projects grants opens March 28, 2024.