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July 9, 2020
Mass. Nonprofits Share in $9.3M Granted for Cultural Facilities

June 2, 2020 — The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund recently announced it awarded $9,302,400 in grants to build, repair, or expand cultural facilities across the state, including dozens for nonprofit organizations focused on the arts, humanities, and sciences.

"These grants will boost jobs in the construction industry at a critical time of increased unemployment, while investing in the cultural sector which is critical to the vitality of Main Street businesses,” said Anita Walker, executive director of the Mass Cultural Council.

The latest round of funding includes 68 capital grants totaling $8,748,000 and another 32 planning grants totaling $554,400. Awards range from $7,000 to $200,000 and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources.

Grantees include:

  • Greenagers, Great Barrington: $60,000 to repair the historic barn and floor structure to create a functional workshop, maker space, and barnyard at the April Hill Conservation and Education Center.
  • Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton: $180,000 to renovate and repurpose a 19th-century farmhouse for music and ceramic program space.

  • Huntington Theatre Company, Boston: 200,000 for the final architectural engineering of the historic Huntington Avenue Theatre, as well as the creation of the new “East Wing” Audience Engagement Center in the adjacent residential tower, which will include a small performance venue, a bar/café, an expanded box office, concessions, and restroom facilities.
  • Marblehead Little Theatre (MLT), Marblehead: $70,000 to restore the historic 1890 Marblehead Central Firehouse tower and façade by repointing exterior and interior brick.
  • Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River: $70,000 for the purchase and installation of a new concert lighting system, new audio/visual equipment, and window treatments in the new multi-function space.

See the full list of grantees.

Julie Menard, president of MLT, which was founded in 1955, said she "is thrilled about this grant" and "We also thank the greater-Marblehead community for supporting the arts and helping to keep MLT in the business of making live theatre and offering theatre education that is accessible for all.”

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