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How to apply for an organizational grant

The Boston Cultural Council awards grants for arts and humanities projects. You can apply online for the grant.

Last updated: 3/14/19

Before you get started

The deadline to apply for 2019 grants has passed.

Our grants are for organizations and projects that benefit the public. We give groups and individuals money for either general operating expenses or project costs depending on their budget size. The largest amount we’ll award is $5,000. We’ll match up to half the cost of your project.

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.

Fill out your application

Apply for Cultural Council grants

Print applications are also available in the following languages: 

Print applications can be scanned and emailed to or mailed to 1 City Hall Square, Room 802, Boston MA, 02201.

Need to Know:
  • September 1, 2018: Application for 2019 grants open
  • October 15, 2018: Deadline to apply for 2019 grants
  • January 2019: We will publish grant award winners
Apply for Cultural Council grants
Still have questions?

Email us at Make the subject line “Question about FY18 Grants.” We also created a list of other funding resources in the state.

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

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