“Starlight Square”. Photo courtesy of the Central Square Business Improvement District.
In October of 2020, the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) and the City of Cambridge joined forces to launch a new Cultural Capital Fund with over $600,000 to address urgent needs in the local arts and culture sector as an initial step. The Foundation has also committed to building an endowment for the arts and culture sector, targeting $5 million over five years, to protect the city’s cultural richness over the long term.
As the first major donor to the Cultural Capital Fund, the City of Cambridge allocated $500,000 from the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide grants to local arts organizations of up to $25,000 for capital improvements necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic and up to $10,000 for operations and programming during the COVID-19 pandemic through the new Fund. In December of 2020, the first round of grants were awarded from the fund. As of early March 2021, the fund has awarded 29 grants to arts organizations.
CCF is thankful also for a generous $100,000 gift from the Wagner Foundation, a long-time supporter, to address urgent needs in the local arts and culture sector, with a focus on the Central Square Cultural District.
For anyone interested in contributing to the Cultural Capital Fund, please scroll down to learn more.
Applications from organizations with 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status are being accepted on a rolling basis, until funds are depleted.
As of March 4, 2021, the Cultural Capital Fund is open to emerging arts organizations to request grants of up to $5,000.
*NEW* APPLY HERE if you are an emerging arts organization that is engaged in planning/running arts programming/events in response to local needs/community issues.
Or, apply here if you are an established arts organization that has provided year-round arts/cultural programming in Cambridge (including in 2018 & 2019).
Please send any questions to [email protected]
The Fund – the first of its kind – serves as a central channel for donors and other stakeholders to pool their resources into a common purpose: to meet the immediate needs of artists and arts organizations and to preserve the viability of the arts ecosystem.
Before the pandemic, the arts and culture sector was a $174.8 million per year contributor to the Cambridge economy and central to its vitality. We must act now — together, we can preserve and nurture the arts and culture vital to our community. Please support the arts through the Cultural Capital Fund. Donate here.