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How to apply for an organizational grant

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The Boston Cultural Council awards grants to local nonprofits that offer arts and cultural programming in Boston. UPDATE: The grant application has closed. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by mid-January.

Before you get started

2021 update:

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

To streamline this process, we have one application form for all applicants. Please review the information below and read the full guidelines before applying. 

Our Boston Cultural Council grants are for organizations that benefit the public by offering arts programming in local neighborhoods. We give grants for general operating expenses to organizations with budgets under $2 million. The specific amount organizations are eligible for depends on their budget size. The largest amount we will award is $5,000. 

Boston cultural council Organizational Grant Categories

Organization Budget

Eligible Grant Amount

Less than $100,000


$100,000 - $500,000


$500,000 and $2,000,000


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.

Organizations that provide programming in one or more of the following art categories are eligible:

  • 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.
Reopen Creative Boston Fund

The Reopen Creative Boston Fund is a $3 million grant program to cover expenses related to:

  • reopening the arts and culture sector, and
  • resuming cultural programming and services. 

Arts and cultural organizations of any budget size that can demonstrate that they have been negatively impacted economically by COVID-19 are eligible. These include:

  • performing arts facilities
  • music venues
  • creative youth development organizations, and
  • presenting organizations.

The City of Boston will award grants of up to $50,000 to cover costs for reopening and restarting programs, including: 

  • payroll
  • new technology
  • consulting services, and
  • new technology costs. 

Arts and cultural nonprofits and for-profit organizations that operate and own cultural facilities will be eligible for an additional grant of up to $50,000.


Fill out your application

We prefer to have all proposals submitted online. You can also pick up a hard copy at the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture and drop off hand-written copies. 

We held a virtual webinar for organizations interested in learning more about the application process. 

The deadline to apply for the FY22 grant cycle has passed.

Keep in mind

Applicants must have their vendor ID, application name, and address match the information on the City of Boston supplier portal. Check the supplier portal help page to learn how to

  • use the portal
  • create a new vendor account
  • update an existing vendor account, or
  • create a user ID.

Applicants for Reopen Creative Boston will be required to submit a DUNS number. View instructions on how to receive a DUNS number if you do not have one already.

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.

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