Funding for Art-Based Activity that Creates Positive & Measurable Economic Impacts
The Art is Everywhere grant program intends to help advance New Bedford as one of the coolest, most creative cities in America. As stated in the city’s 2018 arts and culture plan New Bedford Creative: our art, our culture, our future: “In New Bedford, the creative community is an engaged and powerful partner, inspiring social, economic, and cultural growth. In this authentic seaport city, each and every person enjoys an opportunity to experience a diversity of cultures. Art is everywhere, encouraging fun, provoking thought, and nurturing the soul.”
To help achieve this vision, this grant aims to inspire new ideas that advance arts-based activity that forges new and deeper connections in the area of downtown’s Seaport Cultural District and at least one other neighborhood (residents, artists, businesses) to create positive and measurable economic impacts. Arts-based projects or programs that empower individuals or populations who are not currently well represented in the arts and culture community will be prioritized.
Funded by MassDevelopment and the Barr Foundation, this grant is one component of a broader initiative to boost arts-based economic development stemming from four years of work in downtown New Bedford as part of MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI). New Bedford has been chosen as a testing ground for an arts-based economic development strategy that may be deployed in other cities around the Commonwealth. The strategy builds on the significant momentum created through years of planning, including most recently the City’s creation of the Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund, publication of the arts and culture plan, the creation of the New Bedford Creative Consortium, as well as the Creative Commonwealth Initiative led by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).
This grant includes a cash award of up to $50,000 that can be used for:
- Material and direct project costs
- Operational expenses, including staff time
- Capital improvements
- Sub-contractors, vendors or third party assistance
In an effort to support capacity-building as the project proceeds, the selected team will also receive the following benefits:
- A one-year membership to the Co-Creative Center
- The opportunity to participate in professional development training organized by the CFSEMA’s Creative Commonwealth Building Blocks Program, New Bedford Creative, and New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC)
- Technical assistance from MassDevelopment as needed to help with project implementation
Applications are available starting January 10th at newbedfordcreative.org and the deadline to submit is February 21. If you have any questions or are in need of technical assistance with the creation or uploading of application materials, please contact Margo Saulnier at firstname.lastname@example.org.