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Funding resources for art in Boston

Last updated: 10/23/17

Funding resources for art in Boston

Find out how to get funding for an art project that improves the quality of life in the City.

There are plenty of resources for artists looking for funding. The Boston Cultural Council awards grants each year for art projects throughout the City. There are three main types of grants. We created a page with more information about these grants.

Still have questions? Contact:
Arts and Culture
1 City Hall Square
Room 802
Boston, MA 02201-2029
United States

Public art grants

There are also funds for people who want to create art to enhance the City’s public spaces. We fund artists who have ideas for permanent or temporary public art projects:

How to apply for public art and design projects

The Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund

Edward Ingersoll Browne, a trust attorney who loved his community, created this fund in 1892. He gave one-third of his estate to this fund. The money goes toward projects that will improve public spaces.

Application details

You can bring in or mail your application to:

City of Boston Trust Office
1 City Hall Square, Room M5
Boston, MA 02201

Fund for The Arts

Funding for this public program is through the New England Foundation for the Arts. They look for projects that bring artists and nonprofits together. These projects should engage audiences and inspire others to take part in the arts. Visit the New England Foundation for the Arts website for more information.

Henderson Fund

George B. Henderson created the Henderson Fund in 1964. Projects must make Boston more beautiful, and need to be able to be seen from a public area. Interior projects must be in a building that's open to the public for most of the year. Visit the Henderson Fund website for more information.