Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund Grant

Mass Cultural Council

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Next anticipated deadline: Nov 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jan 10, 2021 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $675,000

Fields of work: Humanities & Social Science Art & Culture Museums & Cultural Institutions

Applicant type: Government Entity, College / University, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: Massachusetts

Location of residency: Massachusetts

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Overview:

NOTE: Organizations that currently have an outstanding Cultural Facilities Fund grant have a different set of deadlines. Please review these deadlines carefully only if you have a grant with the Cultural Facilities Fund that is not fully disbursed.

About the Fund

The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) is an initiative of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Fund was created as part of a major economic stimulus bill that was approved by the Massachusetts Legislature in July, 2006. Since then, $100 million has been awarded to cultural facilities in the Commonwealth.

The goal of the Cultural Facilities Fund is to increase investments from both the public sector and the private sector to support the sound planning and development of cultural facilities in Massachusetts.

The Fund provides grants to promote the acquisition, design, repair, rehabilitation renovation, expansion, or construction of nonprofit cultural facilities in Massachusetts. All grants from the Fund must be matched with cash contributions from the private or public sector.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit cultural organizations and (subject to some limitations) municipalities and institutions of higher education that own cultural facilities.

Applicants are encouraged to consider submitting new projects in urban or village centers that will have a transformative impact in the area immediately surrounding the project by creating opportunities for additional investment and partnerships.

Grant Categories

Applicants may only apply for one grant per round, with the exception of an Systems Replacement Plan Grant, which may be applied for in tandem with any other grant category.

In addition, if an organization is awarded a Capital Grant it will also be awarded a Systems Replacement Plan Grant, if recommended by the Cultural Facilities Fund review panel, completion of which Systems Replacement Plan may be a precondition to obtaining any capital grant funds.

Note: If and organization is awarded a Capital Grant it will also be awarded a Systems Replacement Plan grant, if recommended by the Cultural Facilities Fund review panel completion of which Systems Replacement Plan may be a precondition to receiving any capital grant funds.

Feasibility & Technical Assistance Grants:

  • For costs and expenses related to overall planning and feasibility for a proposed eligible project.
  • Grants up to $50,000
  • 1-1 match

Systems Replacement Plan Grants:

  • These are a specific type of Feasibility and Technical Assistance Grant specifically designed for organizations without full-time maintenance staff. The SRP is a 20-year capital needs assessment of the building and its mechanical systems.
  • Grants from $7,000 to $12,500
  • 1-1 match

Capital Grants:

  • For the acquisition, design, construction, repair, renovation, rehabilitation or other capital improvements or deferred maintenance of a cultural facility.
    • All of the following would qualify for consideration under this description:
      • New construction.
      • Additions to an existing structure.
      • Renovations or repairs to an existing structure.
      • Fixed/integrated equipment.
      • Any combination of the above.
  • Award maximums for Capital Grants have not been set at this time.
    • In the past, maximum grants have ranged from $250,000 to $675,000.
    • A maximum grant amount will be set by the Cultural Facilities Fund Advisory Committee during the review process.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The following entities ("Cultural Organizations") are eligible to apply for grants for Cultural facilities:
    • Nonprofit cultural organizations:
      • 501(c)(3) organizations that are primarily concerned with the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences.
      • The legislation includes but is not limited to museums, historic sites, zoos, aquariums, theaters, concert halls, exhibition spaces, classrooms, and auditoriums ("Cultural Facilities").
      • Eligible facilities must be owned, leased, or used by one or more nonprofit cultural organizations, and must be accessible to the public.
    • Municipalities that own cultural facilities:
      • Provided that the cultural facility is at least 50,000 square feet in size, and at least 50% devoted to cultural purposes provided.
      • However, if such building, structure, or site is 125 years old or older and is significant in the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the nation, the commonwealth, or the community in which it is located, it may be of any size.
    • Public or private institutions of higher education that own cultural facilities:
      • provided that the cultural facility provides service and open access to the community and the general public beyond its educational mission and can demonstrate financial need.
  • Threshold Criteria
    • The statute of the Cultural Facilities Fund has established five threshold review criteria for all its grants:
      • Project must be an "eligible project"
      • There must be a demonstrated community need for the project.
      • The project must be able to demonstrate that it will benefit tourism in the local area.
      • There must be a demonstrated financial need for a grant.
      • The project must be able to demonstrate local support.
    • In addition to the statutory threshold criteria:
      • Capital Grant applicants must meet "financial capacity" threshold criteria.
      • Capital Grant applicants must either own or lease the facility.
      • A College or University must demonstrate that its cultural facility provides service and open access to the community and the general public outside of the regular educational mission.
      • A Municipality must demonstrate how 50% or more of its facility is for arts, humanities or interpretive science programming.
  • All grants less than $1,000,000 awarded by the Cultural Facilities Fund are subject to a 1:1 matching requirement.