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Cambridge Arts Council

The Cambridge Arts Council is a city agency that funds, promotes, and presents high-quality, community-based arts programming for the benefit of artists, residents and visitors to Cambridge, MA.

Established in 1974, Cambridge Arts is one of the oldest and most dynamic arts agencies in the country. As a public nonprofit, Cambridge Arts operates with funding from local government, private foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors and delivers on its mission by fulfilling three primary roles:

Connector: Through partnerships with artists, presenters, donors and audiences, the agency operates as a vital cultural presence in the region. From connecting local youth with professional teaching artists to securing performance space for both emerging and established ensembles and introducing residents to local artists through Cambridge Open Studios, Cambridge Arts links people and resources from across the artistic spectrum to spark innovative collaboration.

Presenter: In addition to exhibitions and educational programming presented in the Cambridge Arts Space, Cambridge Arts stages high-profile events such as the Cambridge Arts River Festival, a signature city celebration and regional event. The festival features a wide array of music, dance, theater and visual art and attracts a robust audience of close to 200,000 visitors annually.

Funder: Through the Cambridge Arts Grant Program, Cambridge Arts awards dozens of financial grants each year in support of high-quality, community-based art projects representing all artistic disciplines.

*** View our Local Council Grant Guidelines by clicking the “Council Priorities” tab above. All local guidelines and requirements MUST be completed IN ADDITION TO the state application.***

To learn more about Cambridge Arts and our programs visit:


Jason Weeks

344 Broadway 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

Local councils are authorized to develop additional criteria and may give different weight to their criteria in order to reflect local concerns and community cultural needs.

All applicants should review these guidelines in detail prior to applying for a grant. Cambridge Arts’ full local guidelines can be downloaded from their website here:

If applicants would like to submit additional materials, you can do so by visiting the following Cambridge Arts Grant web portal to upload any optional Supplementary Materials to accompany your online application. The link to that site is as follows:

The deadline for submitting the online application and additional support materials is
Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 11:59pm

FY22 Local Guidelines

Cambridge has detailed local guidelines which are available for download from our website Individual artists, artist groups, arts organizations, community organizations, and municipal agencies are all eligible to apply for Grant Program funds. All projects must be based in Cambridge and demonstrate a tangible benefit to Cambridge citizens.

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