Boston Cultural Council
To apply for a 2021 Boston Cultural Council arts organization grant, please visit:
Boston Cultural Council Grant Application and follow the instructions on the screen.
The Boston Cultural Council (BCC), under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, helps to ensure that grant-making responds to the needs of the cultural community and that best practices for grant solicitation, review and disbursement are followed. The BCC annually distributes funds allocated by the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency; to support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming that enhances the quality of life in our city.
The council members are Boston residents appointed by Mayor Kim Janey for to up to two consecutive three-year terms. Council members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to Boston’s cultural community and their knowledge of various arts disciplines. The BCC reviews applications to evaluate the quality of proposed programming and potential benefit to diverse audiences in Boston.
Applications will not be accepted through this MCC portal. To apply for a 2021 Boston Cultural Council grant you must apply here:
Boston Cultural Council Grant Application
Mayor's Office Of Arts and Culture
Boston City Hall Room 802
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201-1001
FY22 Local Priorities
Our Boston Cultural Council grants are for organizations that benefit the public by offering arts programming in local neighborhoods. We give grants for general operating expenses to organizations with budgets under $2 million. The specific amount organizations are eligible for depends on their budget size. The largest amount we will award is $5,000.
Please click here to understand the BCC grant cycle https://www.boston.gov/how-apply-organizational-grant
Boston Cultural Council Grant Guidelines. https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/file/2021/08/For%20Website_%20BCC%20Grant%20Guidelines.docx_.pdf
Applicants have to be submitted through the City of Boston website.
Grant Categories and Eligibility
Under the revised grant making approach, the BCC offers general operating support grants to organizations with budgets of less than $2 million.
Organizations with budgets less than $100,000 may apply for a grant of $5,000
Organizations with budgets between $100,000 and $500,000 may apply for a grant of $3,500
Organizations with budgets between $500,000 and $2,000,000 may apply for a grant of $2,000
Organizations may apply for grants up to a set limit, based on their organizational size (total expenses from the most recently completed fiscal year). If an organization is selected as a recipient, they will receive the total amount they are eligible in their budget category. The categories are:
Eligibility – ?Who is Eligible to Apply?
Non-profit cultural organizations with budgets under $2 million whose mission and
programming is focused in the following disciplines: Music, Film and Video, Traditional and Folk Art, Visual Art, Theater, Dance, Humanities, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Social/Civic Practice, Multidisciplinary Arts.
Non-profits whose mission is not primarily arts and culture based, but who are looking to fund arts and culture programs are welcome to apply.
Organizations not based in the City of Boston, but whose primary programming takes place in Boston, are eligible.
Unincorporated groups can apply with a fiscal sponsor as long as they meet the rest of the eligibility criteria. This includes: artist collectives, volunteer groups, publications, and any other group jointly working toward common goals.
Organizations can submit only one proposal per funding cycle.
Non-profits with L3C designations are eligible to apply.
Grant Fund Restrictions
To pay salaries or stipends for employees of the school system, library, parks department, or municipality.
On capital expenditures for schools, libraries, other municipal agencies.
On programming that discriminates or discourages participation on the basis of race, gender, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
Grant funding may not be used for the following items:
The BCC does not award grants to*:
K-12 schools or K-12 school foundations
Main Streets organizations
Colleges or universities
“Friends of…” organizations whose primary purpose is to support government entities
*While these entities are not currently eligible for BCC grants, they are eligible for the Opportunity Fund, Project Partnership grant, and other MOAC support.
Application Forms and Submission
BCC uses Submittable.com for all grant applications. If you are a first time applicant, you will need to create an account with Submittable. Grant updates and final reports will be made through this account, so we recommend using an email address that is generic for your organization – something that multiple people have access to. While we prefer to have all proposals submitted online, we also accept hand-written hard copies. Hard copies can be picked up in 1 City Hall Square, eighth floor room 802.
The BCC grant application opens on September 1st 2021. Applications must be received on or before October 15, 2021 at 5pm. No late applications will be accepted.
FY22 Local Guidelines
PLEASE NOTE: You will need to use the BCC application to apply for a Boston Cultural Council Grant
Our application and guidelines can be found on our website.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines