Funding resources for art in Boston
There are several 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Other grant opportunitiesOther grant opportunities
Capital Project/Project Support
- The National Endowment for the Arts
- Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant (for people 45 and older)
- Aaron Siskind Foundation (for people doing photography)
- The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
- The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
- William H. Johnson Prize (for African-Americans early in their careers)
- Women's Studio Workshop (residency grants for women)
- Artplace America
- Barr Foundation
- Highland Street Foundation
- New England Foundation of the Arts
- The Massachusetts Cultural Council
- The Boston Foundation
- Mass Humanities
- Creative Capital
- Graham Foundation