Boston Cultural Council
The Boston Cultural Council (BCC), under the umbrella of the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, helps to ensure that grant making responds to the needs of the cultural community and that best practices for grant solicitation, review and disbursement are followed. The BCC annually distributes funds allocated by the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency; to support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming that enhances the quality of life in our city.
The council members are Boston residents appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh for to up to two consecutive three year terms. Council members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to Boston’s cultural community and their knowledge of various arts disciplines. The BCC reviews applications to evaluate the quality of proposed programming and potential benefit to diverse audiences in Boston. Visit bostonculturalcouncil.com to see a full list of council members and to read their bios.
News & Events
Updates and New This year
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has dramatically increased the funds available for grant making by matching the annual allocation that the City receives from the MCC. In FY15 the match was 1:1, effectively doubling the funding for grants made by the BCC. In FY16 the City allocation has increased again by 100%, approximately a 2:1 match of the MCC allocation. The State of Massachusetts has also granted an increase in funds to the MCC, which in turn is expected to result in an increase to all the Local Cultural Councils, including BCC. As of the publication of grant these guidelines the BCC FY16 budget is not yet finalized.
Guidelines staying the same:
• Organizations not based in the City of Boston, but whose primary programming takes place in Boston, are eligible.
• Project specific grants are eligible for funding. Projects must exhibit a tangible public benefit to the City of Boston.
• Organizations that received a FY15 BCC grant ARE eligible to apply to the BCC in FY16.
• Disciplines will not be rotated in FY16.
New this year:
• Organizations whose primary mission is not arts and culture, but who are applying for a project that is entirely arts and culture related are eligible for funding.
• Non-profits with L3C designations are eligible to apply. (See section below on eligibility details.)
Fiscal Year 2016 Grants Timeline
• 9/1/2015: BCC grant guidelines published and application forms available
• 9/24/2015: Grant workshop - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm- Dudley Branch Library 65 Warren Street, Roxbury
• 9/26/2015: Grant workshop - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - East Boston Branch Library 365 Bremen Street, East Boston
• 10/6/2015: Grant workshop - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Grove Hall Branch Library 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester
• 10/15/2015: Proposals Due – postmarked or received by 5:00 pm Eastern
• Fall 2015: staff and BCC review of proposals
• 12/31/2015: Grant Awards Published
• January 2015: Award notices sent to applicants and reimbursement process opens.