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EBT Card to Culture

Application Process

EBT Card to Culture is a partnership between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Department of Transitional Assistance. It ensures the state’s best cultural and educational experiences are accessible to low-income residents.

There are more than 200 organizations participating all across Massachusetts – including museums, symphonies, theatre companies, community arts and music schools, environmental science organizations, and more.

EBT cardholders do not need to sign up in order to receive Card to Culture discounts.  For more information about getting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, visit the Department of Transitional Assistance’s website.

How to Participate

  1. Read the program guidelines below and FAQs (PDF).

     

  2. Complete the online registration form, by one of these deadlines:

    – December 31, 2019

    – June 30, 2020

  3. Discounts go into effect January 1 – December 31, 2020.

     

Program Guidelines

Eligibility

To be a part of this program, organizations will voluntarily offer free or steeply discounted admission to any bearer of a Massachusetts-issued Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

Visitors use their EBT card to identify they are eligible for a discount; the card is not for payment.  If your institution is taking monies, they should be collected in the regular ways your institution uses (cash, credit card).

Eligible discounts are:

  • For regular admission, during all normal operating hours, or for every regular season performance, to be used at any time.
  • Available to the family or individual adult holding the EBT card.
  • Offered through your regular admissions process, or redeemable in the same way other discounts are.
  • Valid from the time of sign-up through December 31, 2020.

Organizations decide on the extent of the discount for themselves – the admission price, if any, and the number of people that the discount extends to per card.  Special performances or exhibits may be exempt from the discount – if there is an extra fee or upcharge, organizations are not obligated to offer a discounted rate.  Organizations may limit the number of spots available to EBT cardholders, if there is limited capacity for a class or performance.

See the list of participating organizations and their discounts to get an idea of what you might choose to offer.

Requirements

Participating organizations must:

  • Agree to having their discount and visitation information on the DTA’s website, and in their printed materials.
  • Offer a discount from the time of sign up until at least December 31, 2020, and must honor the discount they have listed on the DTA’s site.
  • Train box office or admissions staff to make the entry process as smooth as possible.  There should be little to no difference in how our EBT cardholders are treated relative to other visitors.
  • Keep track of the total number of people admitted with EBT cards, and report that number to Mass Cultural Council by January 15, 2021.

How do I sign up?
Make sure that your organization meets the minimum requirements listed above, and then online registration form.


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