Background

Line-Item 1599-2043* of Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021, the Commonwealth’s multi-billion dollar ARPA Spending Plan directs Mass Cultural Council to administer grant program(s) to assist cultural organizations and artists with COVID-19 pandemic recovery and to operate more efficiently.  Mass Cultural Council has $60 million to award, and, as outlined in the law, must both “consider racial, geographic and programmatic diversity and equity within the cultural sector when establishing grant criteria” and “consider and prioritize those applicants with the largest demonstrated economic need as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic, and the applicant’s demonstrated economic impact in terms of job creation and tourism generated.”

The law suggests various uses for the grant monies, such as: facility upgrades; technology and infrastructure costs; direct financial support to assist with staffing and operational needs; and support for consultants, plans, software and hardware for organizational business development. Further, Mass Cultural Council may transfer funds to the Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF).
Public comments will accepted through this form until February 7, 2022.

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* 1. Mass Cultural Council is seeking feedback from cultural sector stakeholders, including creative individuals (artists, teaching artists, humanists, and scientists) and cultural organizations (nonprofit, municipal, and for-profit) – on what type of grant program would be most beneficial to you or your organization (if applicable). Please choose one:

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* 2. Please share your comments related to COVID relief for the cultural sector:

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* 3. Contact Information

*1599-2043.. For a reserve for cultural and tourism assets; provided, that the funds in this item shall be made available to the Massachusetts cultural council to administer a grant program for the purposes of assisting cultural organizations and artists recover from the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic and operate more efficiently; provided further, that grants shall be made available for, but not be limited to: (i) facility upgrades, including costs associated with programmatic adaptation due to the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic; (ii) technology and infrastructure costs for safe reopening of facilities; and (iii) direct financial support to assist with staffing and other operational needs; provided further, that grants may support staffing, consultants, plans, software and hardware for organizational business development for facilities owned by municipalities or non-profit entities experiencing negative economic impacts from the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic; provided further, that the council shall consider racial, geographic and programmatic diversity and equity within the cultural sector when establishing grant criteria; provided further, that funds may be expended for entities that focus on 1 or more minority populations or conduct cultural events and have cultural education or cultural performances related to minority populations; provided further, that the council shall consider and prioritize those applicants with the largest demonstrated economic need as a result of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic, and the applicant’s demonstrated economic impact in terms of job creation and tourism generated; provided further, that funds may be transferred to the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund established in section 42 of chapter 23G of the General Laws for the purposes of this item; 
As a state agency Mass Cultural Council is subject to the Commonwealth’s Public Records Law. Please be advised that submitted comments are subject to the provisions of the law and further may be cited by Mass Cultural Council for advocacy or educational purposes.

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