Boston Cultural Council Accepting Applications for 2015 Grant

Boston, Sept. 9, 2014, — The Boston Cultural Council (BCC) is now accepting applications for its 2015 grant funding cycle. Under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the BCC annually distributes funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, to support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming that enhances the quality of life in Boston.
Dance performance at the fourth Asian American Association of Boston Festival at Fenway Center in August 2014 (photo by John Tsou).

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has committed to matching the funds provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for the 2015 grant funding cycle from the City of Boston’s budget. The BCC’s budget for Fiscal Year 2015 is $163,080, a 6% increase of $11,060 over Fiscal Year 2014.

“This additional resource will enable the BCC to approve a greater number of grant applications than in year’s past,” says Mayor Walsh. “These grants support a wide variety of artistic projects and activities in Boston, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residences or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.”

Applications and guidelines are available online at: Applications will be accepted in the following categories: Music, Film and Video, Traditional and Folk Arts, Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, Humanities, Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, and Field Trips.

Grant information workshops will be held in the Commonwealth Salon at the Boston Public Library on Friday, September 19, and Friday, October 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 15, at 5:00 p.m.

The BCC is comprised of 13 Boston residents appointed by Mayor Walsh to serve for up to six years each. The BCC annually reviews applications during a series of fall meetings conducted to evaluate the overall quality of proposed programming and its potential benefit to diverse audiences in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

The BCC’s grantees will be announced in January 2015.

For additional information on the Boston Cultural Council, visit, or contact Arreen Andrew at 617-635-2437 or by email at

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