Cultural Investment Grant
The Cultural Investment Grant aims to grow and sustain arts and cultural organizations that have a clear vision of a creative, equitable, and more just city.
The deadline to submit a LOI has passed.
Background and Overview
The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) established the Cultural Investment Grant (CIG) in January 2023 to make new and unprecedented investments in cultural solutions. This is a $10 million multi-year investment through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). It aims to grow and sustain arts and cultural organizations that have a clear vision of a creative, equitable, and more just city. CIG will build capacity for organizations working with communities in Boston who have been most harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly communities of color.
Grants will range from $600,000 - $3 million and will be distributed over four years. The grant will provide investments in the cultural sector that will:
give organizations a path to thrive in Boston
create long term opportunities for all Boston communities to have access to the arts, and
strengthen our local arts ecosystem.
What is Transformative?
Its mission statement commits to fostering and sustaining the arts or creative expression.
It is located in Boston, or the funding allows an organization working with Boston communities to be located in Boston. Priority will be given to organizations located within communities disproportionately harmed by COVID-19.
It shows a commitment to equity, leadership development of those historically excluded from decision-making power. There are liberatory practices across its mission, histories, and core programming.
Its vision, mission, and programming is reflective of and shaped by the communities with which it works. Its leadership, staff, board and decision-makers are also reflective of those communities.
It is building or intending to build collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders toward a shared vision of a more creative, equitable, and more just city.
It has a fiscal budget under $3 million. We encourage smaller grassroots organizations to apply.
Tax exempt status
It is a 501(c)3 with federal tax exempt status or has a fiscal sponsor.