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Cultural Facilities Fund

About the Fund

The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) is an initiative of the state of Massachusetts. We provide grants to support the acquisition, design, repair, rehabilitation, renovation, expansion, or construction of nonprofit cultural facilities state-wide.

The Fund was created as part of a major economic stimulus bill that was approved by the Massachusetts Legislature in July, 2006. Since then:

The goal of CFF is to increase investments from both the public and private sector to support the sound planning and development of cultural facilities. All grants from the Fund have a 1:1 cash match requirement.

Nonprofit cultural organizations, municipalities, and colleges or universities that own cultural facilities are eligible to apply.

Demand for CFF grants continues to outpace supply. In a 2018 survey, 127 organizations reported $335 million in capital projects through 2020:

  • Over 20 million visitors. Of these, 31% traveled more than 50 miles
  • 7,402 full-time jobs and $421 million in wages and salaries
  • 27,333 architects, engineers, contractors and construction workers working on Cultural Facilities Fund projects
  • 2,301 new permanent jobs projected in Massachusetts as a result of CFF projects

Cultural organizations of every size benefit from CFF: More than half of CFF grants go to nonprofit cultural organizations with budgets of less than $1 million.

CFF supports working artists: From Provincetown’s Fine Arts Work Center, to the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, CFF grants have created and restored vital studio, rehearsal, and performance space.

CFF supports arts education: Every day children and teens explore their creativity and learn about the arts, history and sciences in buildings restored with CFF grants. These include the Discovery Museum in Acton, Springfield’s Community Music School, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. CFF has funded buildings that house nationally renowned programs for vulnerable adolescents such as RAW Artworks in Lynn, and Shakespeare & Co. in the Berkshires.

CFF benefits every region of the Commonwealth: Seven out of every ten grants awarded since CFF began in 2007 have gone to cultural organizations outside of Boston. Read the 2019 CFF Fact Sheet.

Download the 2018 Cultural Facilities Fund Annual Report

 

Advisory Committee Members

Lauren Liss, Ex-officio Member
President and CEO
MassDevelopment
Boston

Anita Walker, Ex-officio Member
Executive Director
Mass Cultural Council
Boston

Keiko Orrall, Ex-officio Member
Executive Director
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
Boston

John C. Stowe, Gubernatorial Appointee
President and CEO
LUTCO, Inc.
Worcester

Michael Halperson, Gubernatorial Appointee
Chief Executive Officer
Alosa Foundation
Foxborough

Margaret A. Miller, Gubernatorial Appointee
Pittsfield

Jennifer Harrington, Gubernatorial Appointee
Hatch Marketing, LLC
Bedford



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