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How to apply for an organizational grant

The Boston Cultural Council awards grants to local nonprofits that offer arts and cultural programming in Boston. Organizations can apply online for the grant.

Last updated: 3/14/19
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Before you get started

The application for 2020 BCC grants will open on September 1, 2019 and close on October 15, 2019.

Our grants are for organizations that benefit the public by offering arts programming in local neighborhoods. We give organizations with budgets under $2 million for general operating expenses. The specific amount organizations are eligible for depends on their budget size. The largest amount we’ll award is $5,000. 

BCC Organizational Grant Categories
Organization Budget Eligible Grant Amount
Less than $100,000 $2,000
$100,000 - $500,000 $3,500
$500,000 and $2,000,000 $5,000 (will be awarded to five organizations)

You have one year from the date we approve you to finish your project and get the grant money from us. If you get denied, you can only ask us to consider you again if we violated the review process. You have two weeks to submit your request in writing.

You can apply for the grant for the following art categories:

  • music
  • film and video
  • folk and traditional art
  • visual art
  • theater
  • dance
  • humanities
  • literary arts
  • performance or time-based arts
  • social and civic practices, and
  • multi-disciplinary arts.
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Fill out your application

A link to the online application will be available on this website on September 1. Print applications can be scanned and emailed to bcc@boston.gov or mailed to 1 City Hall Square, Room 802, Boston MA, 02201. Translation is available upon request. 

Need to Know:
  • September 1, 2019: Application for 2020 grants open
  • October 15, 2019: Deadline to apply for 2020 grants
Still have questions?

Email us at bcc@boston.gov. We also created a list of other funding resources in the state.

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

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