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Arts and Culture COVID-19 Fund

This $1 million fund is designed to support nonprofit arts organizations in Boston that have been impacted by COVID-19.

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020, at 5 p.m.

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Arts and Culture

About the Grant

Grant Guidelines

The Arts and Culture COVID-19 Fund will support cultural nonprofits that have had to drastically reduce and change their programs as a result of COVID-19. Funds will help small and mid-sized arts and culture nonprofits adapt their programs, spaces, and operating models. 

Grants will be determined by budget size:

  • Budget under $250,000: Eligible for $3,000 grant
  • Budget from $250,000 - $2 million: Eligible for $5,000 grant
  • Budget from $2 - 5 million: Eligible for $10,000 grant

For the purpose of this fund, an “arts and culture nonprofit” is defined as an organization with:

  • a budget of under $5 million
  • an organization address in the City of Boston, and the majority of its public programming in Boston, and
  • an ability to describe how they have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

How to apply

Register as a City Vendor

As part of the application, organizations must register as a City of Boston vendor on the City's supplier portal. To do that, fill out the Vendor Registration Form on the supplier portal website. You will then be given a vendor ID number, which you can include in your application. For more detailed instructions on becoming a City Vendor, check out this guide. If you've received grants from the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture in the past five years, you can find your vendor ID number here.

Get a fiscal sponsor

If your organization is not a 501(c)3 nonprofit, you will need a fiscal sponsorship. The application requires:

  • the name of the fiscal sponsor
  • its EIN (tax ID number), and
  • a letter confirming your sponsorship.
Fill out Application

Organizations interested in applying must fill out an application online.

Application questions include: 

  • What is the mission of your organization?
  • Does your organization operate a venue or other public-facing space? 
  • Has your organization received PPP or EIDL funds? 
  • How has your organization been negatively impacted by COVID-19?

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Apply online