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STARS Residencies Grants Available

Dawn Heinen, Digital Communications Manager

Young girl in a dance class looks over her left shoulder.
BalletRox’s STARS Residency at the Mather School in Dorchester.

Mass Cultural Council announces the availability of FY21 STARS Residencies grants of $500-$5,000 to schools to support creative learning residencies of three days or more in the arts, sciences, and humanities. These residencies bring students and teachers together with practicing artists, scientists, and scholars to create rich cultural experiences. They help youth build confidence, discover hidden talents, explore the natural world, understand their place in history, and rise as leaders in their community.

In response to COVID-19 we have made some key changes to the program for the 2020-2021 School Year::

Grant application period

  • Application opens: January 27, 2021 at 9am (ET)
  • Application deadline: February 3, 2021 at 11:59pm (ET)

Grant review process

This year, we will NOT be reviewing applications on a first-come, first-reviewed basis. Instead, we will review applications as follows:

  • If the total of all funding requests for eligible applications received is less than or equal to the STARS Residencies program budget, we will review all eligible applications.
  • If there are more applications than we can fund, we will use a random selection process to determine the order in which successful applications will be funded.

Additional changes, including session definition and session/planning rates, are noted in the program guidelines.

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