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Feast Mass

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Public grant funding, such as that offered by the MCC, is one way to fund creative projects, but it’s not the only way. Recently, this call for proposals was served up by Feast Mass, an organization that holds dinner parties as a way of catalyzing creative, community-based projects:

Feast Mass is announcing an open call for proposals for the 7th Feast Mass on Saturday, July 28, 7–10pm.

Feast Mass is a recurring dinner party in Boston. During the night, people present proposals for creative, community-based projects that need funding. Everyone votes, and the winner receives a grant funded entirely from the night’s ticket sales.

Feast Mass #6 was in March, and Alaina Gurdak took home $1,050 for her project Big Class Boston.

Now we want to hear from you. Have an idea that could delight, feed, teach, or otherwise enhance your neighborhood? Submit it to Feast Mass. If you win, you’ll take home a grant, in cash, the same night, on the order of $1,000. A few months later, you’ll return to the next Feast Mass to tell us how you’re spending the grant.

To apply, send answers to the following questions to Feast Mass, by July 21st
1. What is the title of your project?
2. Describe your project. Is it an event, an experiment, a movie, a meal, an installation?
3. How will you use the grant to make your idea happen? Will you buy materials, hire workers, rent a space? Be specific.
4. Why and to whom is your project important?
5. If you win, what is the expected status of your project by the time the next Feast Mass rolls around in 3-4 months?
More info at

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Feast Mass Team

The 7th Feast Mass will take place at Make/Shift on Saturday, July 28, 7–10 PM. Attendance info here.

Images: Cover art for WHERE ALL THE PROBLEMS START, the first book published by Alaina Gurdak‘s Big Class Boston project (the Feast Mass grant allowed Alaina to create two additional collaborative book projects, with schools in Brookline and Roslindale); photo from the March 31, 2012 dinner party by Feast Mass.