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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 statewide.

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 2019 survey, 281 organizations reported $1.05 billion in capital projects through 2021.

79 recent CFF grantees reported on the economic impact of their grants. We found:

  • 6 million visitors welcomed in the past year. Of these, 29% traveled more than 50 miles
  • 2,293 full-time jobs and $231 million in wages and salaries
  • 27,333 total architects, engineers, contractors and construction workers working on Cultural Facilities Fund projects over time
  • 2,500 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 2020 CFF Fact Sheet.

Download the 2019 Cultural Facilities Fund Annual Report


Advisory Committee Members

Lauren Liss, Ex-officio Member
President and CEO

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

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

John C. Stowe, Gubernatorial Appointee
President and CEO

Michael Halperson, Gubernatorial Appointee

Margaret A. Miller, Gubernatorial Appointee

Jennifer Harrington, Gubernatorial Appointee
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