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FY24 Funding Opportunities (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024)

Local Cultural Council Program

Lowell Folk Festival

Opens: September 1, 2023
Deadline: October 17, 2023
Every community in Massachusetts is served by a Local Cultural Council (LCC), led by municipally appointed volunteers who administer an annual grant program to support local cultural projects. Individuals, groups, and organizations may apply. Grant amounts vary and applications are submitted directly to each LCC.

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STARS Residencies

Youth program at Central Square Theater

Opens: September 21, 2023
Deadline: October 24, 2023
Residencies that bring students and teachers together with practicing artists, scientists, and humanists to create rich cultural experiences in Massachusetts K-12 classrooms. Schools, individuals, and cultural organizations are eligible to apply. Residences must last a minimum of three days. Grants range from $2,500 to $6,100.

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Grants for Creative Individuals

photo of a woman twirling fire on a beach at dusk

Opens: October 2023
Deadline: December 2023
NEW in FY24: This program aims to equitably advance creative expression throughout the Commonwealth with unrestricted grants to Massachusetts artists, culture bearers, and creative individuals. Grants are $5,000.

Grants for Creative Individuals

Cultural Facilities Fund

Gallery inside the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute

Opens: October 12, 2023
Deadline: December 14, 2023
Grants to support the acquisition, design, repair, rehabilitation, renovation, expansion, or construction of nonprofit cultural facilities. Nonprofit cultural organizations, municipalities, and colleges or universities that own or lease cultural facilities are eligible to apply. Grants range from $7,000 to $200,000. Managed in partnership with MassDevelopment.

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Gaming Mitigation Fund

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Opens: December 5, 2023
Deadline: February 1, 2024
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit and municipal performing arts centers to spend on touring shows or touring artist fees.

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Festivals & Projects

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Opens: March 28, 2024
Deadline: May 23, 2024
Grants of $2,500 for organizations to fund activities that provide public benefit through the use of the arts, humanities, or sciences.

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Operating Grants for Organizations

Three disabled and non-disabled dancers perform on a white outdoor stage, which opens up to a majestic background of trees, rolling hills and sky. In energetic unison, the three dancers curl into a ball, with lower limbs raised and upper limbs wrapped protectively around their heads. David and Zara balance on their tailbones, and Janpi balances in a one-handed wheelie in their wheelchair. All three dancers wear royal blue knit cropped shirts and matching pants.

Opens: March 14, 2024
Deadline: June 13, 2024
NEW in FY24! Unrestricted general operating grants for Massachusetts-based, nonprofit cultural organizations with year-round operations offering public programming in the arts, humanities, or sciences. Grant amounts start at $6,000.

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