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Monday, December 20, 2021

Mass Cultural Council Grants Nearly $150K to 99 Fall/Winter Community Festivals Statewide

Mass Cultural Council Grants Nearly $150K to 99 Fall/Winter Community Festivals Statewide

 

Festivals Program Grants Increased From $500 to $1,500 in FY22

 

BOSTON – Mass Cultural Council today announces the recipients of its FY22 Fall/Winter Festivals grant program. Grants totaling $148,500 will go to 99 festivals presented by groups ranging from local councils on aging to libraries, orchestras, and museums. Earlier this year the Agency’s Governing Council voted to increase Festivals grants from $500 to $1,500, tripling the amount of support given to each recipient. With this latest round of grantmaking, Mass Cultural Council has funded more than one thousand festivals across the Commonwealth since 2016.
 
“As we continue to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities to gather safely in our communities to learn and foster joy and connection are more important than ever.” said Michael J. Bobbitt, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council. “This extraordinary group of festivals will create those opportunities, and I am thrilled to see that more than one-third of them are first-time Festivals grantees. I encourage all residents of Massachusetts to enjoy these public events taking place in their communities this season.”
 
Whether centered on documentary film, avant-garde jazz, or local folk traditions, festivals build community, encourage cultural dialogue, and drive tourism and economic development. The Festivals program provides funding that helps programmers bring their vision to life and develop sustainable audiences.
 
A key pillar of Mass Cultural Council’s Strategic Plan is Enriching Communities. The Festivals program accomplishes this goal by supporting community-led efforts to sustain and promote a rich cultural life, providing communities the resources needed to build capacity, and elevating the importance of culture and artists in community building. Further, the Agency’s new Racial Equity Plan lays the foundation for Mass Cultural Council to invest financial, programmatic, and informational resources equitably across the cultural sector.

With these Plans in mind, Mass Cultural Council is proud to note that in this grant round 44% of applicants are new to the Festivals Program and 39% of the recipients are first-time Festival grantees.
 
A complete funding list and project descriptions for Fall/Winter Festivals grantees are available online as well as a blog post by Festivals Program Manager Lisa Simmons. 

Mass Cultural Council’s Festivals program offers two grant rounds per year. The application for Spring/Summer will open on January 10, 2022. Festivals taking place between March 1 and August 31, 2022 are eligible to apply.

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