Category Archives: Funding

Opportunities & Resources – Jan 25

Screenshot from Springfield’s annual citywide Dr. King Day Celebration, a virtual event on Jan. 18, 2021 engaging 100s of youth musicians from Community Music School of Springfield’s Sonido Musica and spoken word artists from Enchanted Circle Theater.

Organized by areas identified in the Create, Connect, and Catalyze Framework
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Federal CARES Act Funds to Support CYD Programs Across MA

Youth performing on a stage
Youth performing on stage at the Wang Theater for Express Yourself’s 2019 end-of-year production. Photo by Käthe Swaback.

Today our governing Council voted to distribute federal CARES Act funds received by Mass Cultural Council to 74 Creative Youth Development (CYD) organizations statewide. Creative Youth Development programs foster creative expression while supporting core social and emotional skills, engaging young people of all ages as empowered agents in their own lives. As a practice, Creative Youth Development draws from the belief that culture plays a major role in the growth of creative, productive, and independent-minded individuals and thriving communities. After the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, these programs will be more vital than ever to the vulnerable youth and families they serve.
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Apply to the Lewis Prize for Music COVID-19 Community Response Fund by May 8

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

The Lewis Prize for Music has launched a $1 million COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Creative Youth Development leaders and youth music programs to support their responsive and adaptive efforts during COVID-19. This fund will distribute over 20 grants of $25,000 to $50,000 to youth-serving music programs. The application closes on May 8 with grants distributed on June 16. Visit The Lewis Prize for Music for more information.

Amplify Grants Now Available

Express Yourself performance featuring parisols made by Rachel, an Amplify grant recipient. Photo by Mike Dean.

We are pleased to announce that Amplify grants are now available for 2020. Amplify provides up to $1,500 for projects designed and executed by young people currently supported by Mass Cultural Council’s YouthReach and SerHacer programs. The Amplify grant process incorporates youth voice throughout, including the participation of young professionals and program alums in the panel review.

The grant supports projects that take place from January 1 – June 30, 2020. Applications are due December 2, 2019. Review the slides from our information session to learn more.

Get inspired by previously funded projects from 2019, 2018, or 2017.

Questions? Contact Käthe Swaback at 617-858-2717.