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December 3, 2021
Mass. Nonprofit Cultural Organizations Granted $1.25M

October 21, 2021 — MassDevelopment and Mass Cultural Council, two state agencies that jointly administer the Cultural Facilities Fund, yesterday announced $1,250,000 in supplemental capital grants to 12 cultural organizations statewide.

The Cultural Facilities Fund supports local economies across Massachusetts by ensuring our cultural institutions have the capital they need to build, expand, renovate, and – most importantly – continue welcoming visitors,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera. “We are excited to announce initial grants to 12 organizations who will benefit strongly from these resources, and we encourage all cultural institutions in the Commonwealth to take advantage of our upcoming application round.”

Receiving the funds were the following:

  • Armenian Museum of America, Watertown: $90,000 to update the heating system and for a new indoor air quality filtration system for COVID.

  • Boston Center for the Arts, Boston: $180,000 for a new HVAC system to improve air filtration and quality.

  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis: $50,000 for the replacement and repair of HVAC units.

  • Emerson College, Boston: $150,000 for updates and repairs to the interior of the historic theatre with equipment to stream, and video capture live or prerecorded content.

  • Friends of Franklin County Fairgrounds, Greenfield: $70,000 for improved walkways to allow guests full access to the historic cultural facilities.

  • Grub Street, Boston: $200,000 for extensive soundproofing, drywall, and ceiling treatments in the creative writing center.

  • The Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead: $40,000 for a multi-year effort to preserve and restore the historically significant 1728 King Hooper Mansion in Marblehead's Historic District.

  • National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston: $100,000 to replace the roof and gutters with slate and copper materials, conforming to the original construction of the historic Boston Landmark known as The Abbotsford Mansion.

  • Old Sturbridge, Sturbridge: $80,000 for the installation of an HVAC unit in the Visitor Center Theater and central air conditioning system in the Museum Education Center.

  • Westfield State University, Westfield: $100,000 for seating and other crucial updates to the Dever Stage.

  • Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Fairhaven: $80,000 to renovate an 1800's carriage house into a cultural center.

  • Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester: $110,000 for the integration of the 32 Elm Street property into 30 Elm for independent operations, and an office space for WHM.

Applications for the 2022 round of Cultural Facilities Fund grants are due Jan. 14. Details.

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