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Brookline Commission for the Arts

The mission of the Brookline Commission for the Arts is to support artists and arts-related organizations in Brookline. We encourage them to apply for grants, which are intended to enlarge their audiences and to make the arts available to community members of all ages.


Gillian Jackson

Office of the Select Board
333 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445-6863

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Application Information

FY25 Allocation


FY25 Local Priorities

Based on feedback from the community, grant funding will be prioritized based on the proposal review criteria listed below.

  1. Cultural Impact: Contribution to the cultural life of Brookline.
  2. Potential: Projects that provide a clear benefit to the Brookline community beyond the specific activity funded.
  3. Target Audience: Projects that include diverse and under served audiences. Due to COVID19, it is permissible for projects and events to be broadcast virtually.

Application Guidelines – Please include the following in your plan of work:

  • Specific Aims: Objectives clearly stated in list or summary form, with the project’s benefit to the Brookline community in mind.
  • Timeline and Confirmed Venue: Overview of key dates and venue: either the venue or the participating artist(s) must be Brookline based. Due to COVID19, virtual activities and events are permissible but there is a strong preference for these to be associated with Brookline organizations.
  • Marketing Plan: How you plan to market and communicate your event. Promotion of both virtual and non-virtual activities and events should target and attract Brookline audiences.
  • Project Description: Please be brief and clear. All non-virtual projects must show adherence to appropriate local and state COVID19 guidelines: BCA decisions will be informed by this information.
  • Budget: Clear indication of costs associated with the project and any funding beyond a grant from Brookline; if either the venue or performing artist(s) is/are not in or from Brookline, or if callaborating with separate Brookline artists, clearly delineate the cost(s) associated with the Brookline-based portion of the project.
  • Note: Representation will be expected at the Commission’s Spring Annual Grantee Reception, unless cancelled due to continuing COVID19 concerns. Further information will be communicated at the time of the grant award notification.


  • Applicants may apply for funding projects that will be completed during the calendar year following the application deadline.
  • Any individual or organization may only be funded for a maximum of three consecutive years.
  • There is no limit to the total number of grants provided to any individual or organization.

Supplemental materials or media: Please follow the on-line MCC application guidelines for links and PDF attachments. If applicants believe that additional materials are crucial to the fair review of their proposal, they may send attachments or links that are highly relevant to the proposal to the email address below prior to the grant deadline.
Applicants must indicate the project title and name of the applicant in the subject line of the email.

FY25 Local Guidelines

Preference will be given to Brookline-based nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and to local individuals who work in the arts or humanities.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have been engaged in the kind of activity for which they are seeking funds for at least two years. Evidence may be of previous sale or exhibition of work, performances, reviews, etc.

Two broad categories of application are considered:

(A) Brookline Community Awards: Applications for projects to enhance the educational and/or cultural experience of Brookline residents.

(B) Dissemination Grants: Applications by artists with a body of completed work for funds to defray the expense of publishing, exhibiting, or performing their work.

Important: Please read our complete guidelines which are available on our website:

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Artbarn Community Theater, Inc. Out of the Box Productions $1,900
Boston Chamber Symphony Family concert / Commission $1,250
Boston Comic Arts Foundation, Limited Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) $1,900
Boston Comic Arts Foundation, Limited Cartoonist School Visit $750
Brookline Arts Center, Inc. Brookline Open Studios 2024 $1,900
Brookline Community Band Brookline Community Band Concert Series $1,200
Brookline Music School Brookline Porchfest 2024 $1,250
Brookline Music School Summer Program at BMS $1,500
Brooklinedotnews, Corporation Brookline.Stories: Live On Stage! $1,900
Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, Inc. PANORAMA $1,000
Gateway Arts Gateway to Puppetry $1,900
Heinrich, Sophia The Brookline Exhibition $1,600
Herman-Haase, Eileen Dancing Joy with Dance Caliente $400
Juventas Music, Inc. Vertigo $1,000
Le Note Diverse Stories of Fortitude: Women Composers of the Baroque II $1,150
Longwood Chorus, Inc. Longwood Chorus Spring 2024 Season $750
Newman, Howard Knock on Wood, acoustic folk-rock duo $500
Poly-Nation Film "Poly-Nation Film" Showcase $1,000
Puppet Showplace, Inc. Open Curtain: Puppet Showplace Open House $1,900
Rehearsal for Life, Inc. Rehearsal for Life's Freelance Players $350
Senior Smilez, Inc. Live Theater in Goddard House $100
Studios Without Walls 25th Annual Studios Without Walls $1,900
Voices Boston, Inc. Orphie and the Book of Heroes $1,900
Waterman, Jon Live Music Making History Live - The Railroad in Song $300
Winsor Music, Inc. Lineage: deVon Russell Gray and Project STEP $1,900
York, Matt Johnny Cash - Songs and Stories $550

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