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Today MassDevelopment and Mass Cultural Council, two state agencies that jointly administer the Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF), announce 28 newly approved CFF grants investing a total of $3,139,000 into cultural facilities and projects throughout the Commonwealth.
The CFF provides capital and planning grants to nonprofit organizations, colleges, and municipalities that own or operate facilities primarily focused on the arts, humanities, and sciences. CFF awards invest in the acquisition, design, repair, renovation, expansion, and construction of nonprofit and municipal cultural facilities. All CFF awards are subject to a 1:1 matching requirement.
The Cultural Facilities Fund is funded annually through the Governor’s Capital Spending Plan. In FY24 the Healey-Driscoll Administration invested $10 million into the CFF, which supports this grant round and the awards announced today.
“Through the Cultural Facilities Fund, our Administration is proud to support the facilities that are the foundation for Massachusetts’ thriving arts and culture sector,” said Governor Maura Healey. “We’re grateful for the partnership of MassDevelopment and the Mass Cultural Council, and we thank the awardees for their efforts to maintain and restore the spaces that mean so much to our state.”
“Investing in museums, theaters, and other cultural facilities across Massachusetts strengthens our community assets, boosts the tourism economy, and creates jobs,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera. “We are pleased to partner with Mass Cultural Council in administering this important grant program and thank the Healey-Driscoll Administration and legislature for their continued support.”
“The CFF is a special program – it serves as the Commonwealth’s main public investment to help maintain cultural facilities, thereby supporting the efforts of nonprofit organizations and municipalities to keep these important spaces in a state of good repair,” said Michael J. Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council. “I’m so pleased to congratulate today’s grantees and encourage eligible entities to consider applying for assistance from the FY24 grant cycle.”
Twenty-seven capital grants, totaling $3,104,000, and one $35,000 feasibility and technical assistance grant were approved by a vote of the MassDevelopment Board of Directors today, including:
Today the agencies also announced the launch of the FY24 CFF application period. Nonprofits, municipalities, and colleges with cultural facilities seeking capital or planning assistance are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is December 14, 2023. Awards are expected to be announced in May 2024.
There are three types of awards available through the Cultural Facilities Fund:
Applicants seeking more information are encouraged to review the FY24 program guidelines, register for a virtual information session on October 18, 2023; and sign up to attend online office hours with CFF program staff.
About the Cultural Facilities Fund
The CFF was created by an act of the Legislature in 2006 to achieve the following goals:
From 2007 through today, the CFF has awarded $165,152,646 to 1,427 projects across the Commonwealth, employing more than 35,444 architects, engineers, contractors, and construction workers. The organizations engaged in this work expect to add 2,992 new permanent jobs after completing their projects.
The CFF’s impact extends beyond the nonprofit cultural sector in ways that benefit Massachusetts’ broader economy. The organizations awarded grants generate millions in annual economic activity through direct spending on everything from supplies to energy and advertising and are popular tourist destinations. The CFF has also spurred private investment, leveraging about $2.7 billion in spending from the funded projects. Finally, CFF grants contribute to cultural preservation by helping to restore and expand many of our nation’s most treasured historical landmarks.