Ends on May 17, 2019

Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture

Project Partnership Grant

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) is pleased to announce the Project Partnership Grant. This grant is intended to elevate recurring events and programs that create opportunities for artists in Boston. Eligible projects may include arts or cultural programs, activations, annual cultural traditions, and community arts events. We are looking for projects that would significantly benefit by resources from and partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and that will contribute to the cultural vitality of the Boston community as a whole.

The Grant

The City of Boston will offer three grants, each with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. In addition to the financial grant, MOAC team members and MOAC’s Artist Resource Desk may provide assistance with:

  • Event or program production including advertising vendor/artist opportunities, identifying venues, and identifying additional valuable resources or collaborators; 
  • Identifying and navigating resources and information related to permitting, licensing, etc.; and 
  • Assistance with press and marketing efforts 

Funding Priorities

  • Artistic vision, aspiration and experience, and ability to deliver promised high-quality programming.
  • Projects that amplify the work of artists from under-represented communities, including communities of color, LGBTQ communities, immigrant communities, people with disabilities, and others.
  • Projects which highlight art traditions and disciplines that currently lack visibility in Boston.
  • Projects that can significantly benefit from partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
  • Due to limited available funds and high demand for support, the City may award a smaller amount than is requested. The applicant should indicate on the grant application how this may affect the project.
  • Applicants should be prepared not to receive full funding and make plans to secure additional funding.


The following are eligible to apply:

  • Individual artists, art collectives, non-profits, producers, and curators. All artistic disciplines are welcome.
  • Applicant must have a track record relevant to the proposed project - the proposed project or event must have happened or have been tested in some form previously. 
  • All projects must be based in the City of Boston and demonstrate a tangible benefit to Boston citizens. The MOAC only considers projects that demonstrate a direct value to the City of Boston and its population. 
  • The proposed project or event must include a plan to compensate all artists involved.
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  • Project must occur by July 1, 2020.

Allowable Expenses

  • The grant must be used for project expenses (i.e. materials, space rental, artist fees, marketing, permit fees, etc.) 
  • Timeline and Review Process
  • Application will open on April 16, 2019. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness and then evaluated by a panel of jurors staffed by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. The selected projects will be announced in Spring 2019.

Evaluation Criteria

The MOAC will consider, among other things:

  • Does applicant demonstrate ability to implement project? Does the project have a track record and does the applicant demonstrate experience executing a similar project?
  • Does the proposed project demonstrate artistic vision and high quality arts and culture programming?
  • Does the project provide meaningful opportunities for under-represented artists? Does the applicant demonstrate cultural competency required to carry out the project? Is the project designed with artists in mind: as major stakeholders in the project or as the main beneficiaries of the project?
  • Does project meaningfully benefit from City of Boston partnership? Does the project require help navigating municipal government processes?


The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, or disability, nor will it fund projects that discriminate on these attributes.