We will be holding workshops for our organizational grants on the following dates:
- Thursday, September 29th from 3-4:30pm at the Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester
- Tuesday, October 11th from 6-7:30pm at the Mattapan Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave
- Thursday, October 13th from 6-7:30pm at the Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St, Roxbury
We will be reviewing our new online application and answering any questions applicants may have about the grant and the application process. We hope to see you there!
Reviewing the 92 applications for the first round of the Opportunity Fund was definitely a learning experience for the BCC. We want to help our applicants submit the best application possible, so we have started a list of frequently asked questions, which you can find below. We will continue to update these as we receive more questions and learn more about this program, so please check back!
September 1st has finally arrived, which means our 2017 organizational grant application and guidelines have been published. We are using an online application this year and our process has changed a bit, so please make sure you read the guidelines closely.
The second round of our Opportunity Fund grant is also available.
Please check out both of these opportunities here.
Our FY17 BCC Organizational Grants are opening soon!
As you prepare to apply, please remember these important dates:
- September 1: We publish the grant guidelines and application.
- September – October: Grant workshops and webinars will be held for applicants to understand the process. Dates and times will be posted when they have been scheduled.
- October 17: Applications are due at 5pm.
- October – November: We will hold voting meetings that are open to the public. Times, dates and locations will be posted once they have been scheduled.
- January: We will publish the grant award winners.
We are excited to announce that our newest grant program, the Opportunity Fund, is now open. These grants will be smaller in scale, but more accessible than previous BCC grants have been. Grants will be made to individual artists for specific needs, such as materials, professional development costs, conference fees, and stipends for teaching artists. Applications will be available on a monthly basis 10 months out of the year. Applications will not be available in October and April, when other BCC grant opportunities are due. Applicants may request up to $1,000 in funding. $10,000 will be granted per month. Please see the application for more specific guidelines.
You can find the application here.
Please note that applications for August are now closed. Please check back on September 1st when applications re-open.
For Immediate Release
March 04, 2016
For More Information Contact:
Mayor’s Press Office
BOSTON – Friday, March 4, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that 177 organizations supporting arts and culture across the City of Boston were awarded a total of $428,650 by the Boston Cultural Council (BCC). The grant winners were selected through a competitive process and represent the diversity of Boston’s arts community from the visual arts to theater, film and video, music, dance and the humanities. The BCC received 193 applications for the 2016 round.
“Our local arts and culture organizations do an incredible job in promoting creative talent and strengthening the way arts influence our civic fabric,” said Mayor Walsh. “I congratulate all those who received a grant, and I look forward to seeing the great work to come from these organizations.”
“We are thrilled to receive funding from the Boston Cultural Council,” said Carol Knox, Executive Director of BalletRox. “Support from the BCC is crucial to the work that we do to expose Boston youth to the world of dance, which would otherwise be too costly for their families to afford.”
The Boston Cultural Council falls under the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and receives annual funding from the state-run Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to support the arts, humanities and innovative science programs that enhance the quality of life in the City of Boston. This year, the MCC allocated $179,000 to the Boston Cultural Council. Mayor Walsh this year added an additional $300,000 to the fund.
Fourteen Boston residents are appointed to the BCC by the Mayor for six year terms. The BCC accepts applications each fall, which are then evaluated based on their proposals and their benefits to the city and its residents. Mayor Walsh has shown a strong commitment to the arts since being elected. This is the second year in a row that he has increased City funding to the BCC. Most recently, the Mayor announced in his State of the City address an additional $1 million in support of the arts.
Recently, Mayor Walsh announced the selection of three artists-in-residence for the City’s first ever artists in residence program, who will work city departments to integrate the arts into city services. Additionally, Mayor Walsh committed funding to create an artist resource desk in the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture to provide information about programs and services available to the city’s creative talent.
2016 Grant Recipients Include:
3050 Music Group
Actors Shakespeare Project
African Festival of Boston
African Repertory Troupe
Art Resource Collaborative for Kids
Artists For Humanity
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, Inc.
Arts Boston, Inc
Ashmont Hill Chamber Music, Inc.
Asian American Resource Workshop
Authentic Caribbean Foundation
Back Bay Ringers
Bad Habit Productions, Inc.
Ballet Theatre of Boston, Inc.
Bay State Performing Arts
BCYF Paris Street Community Center
BIG RED & Shiny
Boston Architectural College
Boston Art Song Society
Boston Arts Academy
Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services
Boston Ballet, Inc.
Boston Baroque, Inc.
Boston Book Festival, Inc
Boston By Foot, Inc.
Boston Center for the Arts
Boston Children’s Chorus, Inc.
Boston Children’s Theatre, Inc.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc.
Boston City Singers
Boston City-Wide String Orchestra
Boston Day and Evening Academy
Boston Harbor Island Alliance
Boston Jewish Music Festival, Inc
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Boston Literary Cultural District
Boston Lyric Opera Company, Inc.
Boston Musica Viva, Inc.
Boston String Academy
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras
Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester
BPS Early Learning Center
Cantata Singers, Inc.
Castle Square Tenants Organizations
Castles of Our Skin
Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc.
Center for Teen Empowerment
Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, Inc.
Charlestown Working Theater, Inc.
Chinese Historical Society of New England
Commonwealth Shakespear Company
Company One Theatre
Dorchester Heights Association
Dorchester Youth Collaborative
Double Edge Theatre
Edward Everett Elementary School
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Emmanuel Music, Inc.
First Night, Inc
Fort Point Arts Community, Inc.
Fort Point Theatre Channel, Inc.
Franklin Park Coalition
Freelance Players, Inc.
From the Top
Gender Reel Film Festival
Girls Rock Campaign Boston
Grub Street, Inc.
Handel and Haydn Society
Harvard Kent School
Henderson Inclusion School
Huntington Theatre Company, Inc.
Hyde Park Art Association
Hyde Square Task Force, Inc.
Immigrant Family Services Institute
Independent Film Society of Boston
Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion
Inspire Arts and Music, Inc.
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
International House of Blues Foundation
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Jackson/Mann Community School and Council, Inc.
Jamaica Plain Historical Society
Jamaica Plain Multicultural After School Program
James Michael Curley Elementary School
Jean Appolon Expressions Inc.
Joseph J. Hurley Elementary School
Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program
Julies Family Learning
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Kadence Arts under Music Performance & Education, Inc
Lena Park CDC
Les Bostonades Inc
Liars and Believers
Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Luminarium Dance Company
Mass LEAP Collective
Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Boston nature center
Massachusetts High School Drama Guild
Medicine Wheel Productions
MetaMovements Latin Dance Company
Museum of African American History
New England Conservatory
New England Philharmonic, Inc.
Nigun Chamber Ensemble
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc.
North Bennet Street School
North End Music & Performing Arts Center
Nubian United Benevolent International Assocition
Old South Association
On with living and learning
Palaver Strings Inc
Pine Street Inn
Presentation School Foundation
Press Pass TV
Project Step Inc.
Prometheus Dance, Inc.
Puppet Showplace, Inc.
Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Roxbury Community College Foundation
Shelter Music Boston, Inc.
Sociedad Latina, Inc.
SpeakEasy Stage Company
St. Mark Community Education Program
St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children
St. Peter Academy, Inc.
St. Pope John Paul Academy
The Art Connection, Inc.
The Boston Conservatory
The Children’s Museum, Boston
The Fenway Alliance, Inc.
The Footlight Club
The Friends of Madame White Snake
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Inc.
The Makanda Project
The Poets’ Theatre Inc
The Record Company
The Theatre Espresso
The Urbano Project
The Wang Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
The Writer’s Room of Boston
Transcultural Exchange, Inc.
True Story Theater
Trustees of Eliot School
Tunefoolery Music, Inc.
Unbound Visual Arts, Inc.
United South End Artists, Inc.
United South End Settlements (USES)
University of MA Joiner Center
USS Constitution Museum
Vine Street Community Center
West African Research Association
West End House Boys and Girls Club
Wheelock Family Theatre
World Music Inc
Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Inc.
Zeitgeist Stage Company
Contact: Press Office (617) 635-4461
BOSTON – March 2, 2015 – Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that 137 organizations and institutions supporting arts and culture in the City of Boston were awarded $303,476 by the Boston Cultural Council (BCC). The grant winners represent the diversity of Boston’s arts community from the visual arts to theater, film and video, music, dance, and the humanities. The BCC received 151 applications for the 2015 grant round.
“We’re working towards making Boston the country’s municipal arts leader, and we can’t do it without supportive and committed partners,” said Mayor Walsh. “Funding is often a hurdle for cultural organizations, and I’m proud that we doubled our Boston Cultural Council funds this year. Congratulations to all of the grant recipients, and thank you for your contributions to a thriving, healthy, innovative Boston.”
“Support from the Boston Cultural Council is crucial to organizations like ours, and helps us develop and implement the artistic and educational work that serves our community of artists, students, and audience,” said Jennifer Johnson, co-director of the Charlestown Working Theater.
The BCC falls under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and annually distributes funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, to support innovative arts, humanities and interpretive sciences programming that enhances the quality of life in our city. In 2015 the MCC awarded the City of Boston $163,080, and Mayor Walsh nearly matched those funds. In 2014 the MCC awarded the City of Boston $144,419, with the City adding additional funding to distribute a total of $152,020 via the BCC to 55 of the 75 applicants.
The BCC is comprised of 13 Boston residents appointed by Mayor Walsh to serve for up to six years each. The BCC reviews grant applications annually in the fall to evaluate the overall quality of proposed programming and its potential benefit to diverse audiences in neighborhoods throughout Boston.
Mayor Walsh believes the arts are crucial to both expressing and achieving the vision of a thriving, healthy, innovative Boston. Since taking office, Mayor Walsh has taken steps to improve the artist permitting process; revived the poet laureate program, naming Danielle Legros Georges Boston’s Poet Laureate; and appointed Julie Burros the City’s first Chief of Arts and Culture in more than two decades, elevating the conversation about the arts to the highest level of City government. Over the next year and a half the Chief of Arts and Culture will guide a cultural planning process for the city, which will build a long-term strategy for enriching and strengthening civic life through the arts.
The 2015 grant recipients include:
- Stage Management
- Arts Administration
- House Management
- Arts Education
- and many more
- Bad Habit Productions
- Berkshire Theatre Festival
- Boston Children’s Theatre
- Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
- Fort Point Theatre Channel
- Fresh Ink Theatre
- Hangar Theatre
- High Output, Inc
- Hub Theatre Company of Boston
- Huntington Theatre Company
- New Bedford Festival Theatre
- New Repertory Theatre
- Ogunquit Playhouse
- Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival
- Science Fiction Theatre Company
- Stoneham Theatre
- The Barnstormers Theatre
- The Theater Barn
- The Theater Offensive
- Weston Playhouse
- Trinity Repertory Company
- AND MORE ARE SIGNING UP EVERY DAY!