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This year, in addition to the Boston Cultural Council grants, the City of Boston is also offering grants for Reopen Creative Boston - funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act for arts and culture organizations that need financial relief as a result of COVID-19. 

In order to streamline this process, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture has one application form for all applicants. Please review the information below and read the full guidelines before applying. 

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Eligibility for Fall Funding: 

  • Organizations with annual operating budgets under $2 million are eligible for the Boston Cultural Council grant and the Reopen Creative Boston grant.
  • Organizations with annual operating budgets over $2 million are eligible only for the Reopen Creative Boston grant.
  • Organizations must be located in the City of Boston or demonstrate that they provide programming to people in the City of Boston. 

Boston Cultural Council Overview:

The BCC offers general operating support grants to arts and cultural organizations with budgets of less than $2 million. If an organization is selected as a recipient, they will receive the total amount they are eligible for in their budget category: 

  • Organizations with budgets less than $100,000 may apply for a grant of $5,000
  • Organizations with budgets between $100,000 and $500,000 may apply for a grant of $3,500
  • Organizations with budgets between $500,000 and $2,000,000 may apply for a grant of $2,000

Reopen Creative Boston Overview:

The RCB is a $3M grant program to cover expenses related to reopening the arts and culture sector and resuming cultural programming and services. 

Eligible organizations include:

  • Arts and cultural organizations of any budget size that can demonstrate that they have been negatively economically impacted by COVID-19, such as: performing arts facilities, music venues, creative youth development organizations, and presenting organizations.

Grant amounts:

  • Up to $50,000 to cover costs for reopening and restarting programs. Eligible costs include payroll, new technology, and costs related to ongoing organizational shifts in response to the negative economic impact of COVID-19 such as consulting services and new technology costs. 
  • Arts and Cultural non profit and for profit organizations that operate and own cultural facilities will be eligible for an additional grant up to $50,000.

Application Forms and Submission

  • You can save your application and return to it later!
  • BCC applicants who want to apply for additional funding through Reopen Creative Boston will be asked to answer three additional questions about the impact of COVID-19 on their organization. The more detail provided the better we will be able to determine your grant amount.
  • We prefer to have all proposals submitted online. You can pick up a hard copy at the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture and drop off hand-written copies. The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is located at 1 City Hall Square, 8th floor room 802, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am-5:00pm.
  • Applicants must have Vendor ID, Application Name & Address match the information on the City of Boston supplier portal. For assistance using the Supplier Portal, creating a new vendor account, updating existing vendor account updates, creating a User ID, etc you will find detailed instructions with screenshots at this link. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the 'Related Documents' section.
  • Applicants for Reopen Creative Boston will be required to submit a DUNS number. Click here for instructions on how to receive a DUNS number if you do not have one already. 
  • If using a fiscal sponsor, you must have a letter from the sponsor confirming that they will accept the funds and distribute the funds to the applicant.
  • Online and paper applications must be received on or before October 15, 2021, 5:00 pm EST.
  • No late applications will be accepted.
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