We are pleased to share that Mass Cultural Council is now accepting applications to the Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals.
This $15 million one-time FY23 grant program is funded through state pandemic recovery monies Mass Cultural Council received from the Legislature. The Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals program offers unrestricted grants of $5,000 to creatives and gig workers to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set a path for growth.
To apply for this grant, an applicant must be a full-year resident of Massachusetts, 18 years or older, and:
- an artist or cultural practitioner active in any artistic discipline or cultural tradition.
- a teaching artist/scientist/humanist.
- or a cultural worker in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences.
In all cases, the individual’s work should be independent/self-employed.
The deadline to apply is November 1. Grant announcements are expected to occur in late January 2023.
Those seeking further information or assistance are encouraged to register for a virtual Information Session on August 23 or October 6. The sessions will be made available on the Mass Cultural Council YouTube Channel. Agency staff will be also be available for small group virtual office hours in September, and potential applicants can submit an inquiry directly by email to Individual.Recovery@mass.gov.
“Mass Cultural Council has never administered a grant program supporting Massachusetts artists, creatives, and cultural sector workers with this much available funding,” said the Agency’s Executive Director Michael J. Bobbitt. “This is a historic undertaking – which I believe will propel thousands of creative individuals across the sector forward in their recovery efforts and financial growth.”
Image: Dinora Justice (Painting Fellow ’22), PORTRAIT 37, AFTER DELACROIX’S WOMEN OF ALGIERS (2021), Oil on hand-marbled Acrylic, 52x58in.