Senator Dan Wolf
Massachusetts Cape & Islands District
Senator Wolf Announces Over $325,000 in New Mass Cultural Facilities Fund Grants to Boost Creative Sector

BOSTON—As part of Governor Patrick’s announced $14 million in Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund grants to support new building projects in the Commonwealth, Senator Daniel A. Wolf (D-Harwich) announced over $325,000 in grants for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and communities for Cape Cod and the Islands.

These projects will expand access and education in the arts, history, and sciences; create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Organizations receiving funding in this round plan to invest $264 million in their projects. Grants will be capitalized with $15 million from Governor Deval Patrick’s fiscal year 2014 capital budget.

“Our state’s economy and quality of life thrive when we invest in our cultural institutions and our local artists—from museums, to parks, to theatres and music venues—and this funding reflects that strong conviction,” said Senator Wolf.

The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities funding includes two capital grants and eight planning grants for projects throughout the Cape and Islands. They include:

  • $120,000 for the Sturgis Library in Barnstable;
  • $30,000 for the Cape Cod Modern House Trust in Wellfleet;
  • $30,000 for the Yard Dance Center on Martha’s Vineyard;
  • $30,000 for the Cotuit Center for the Arts;
  • $30,000 for the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill;
  • $30,000 for the Oceanside Performance Center in Hyannis;
  • $25,000 for the Cape Cod Center for the Arts in Dennis;
  • $15,000 for the Cape Cod Repertory Theatre in Brewster;
  • $9,000 for the Harwich Junior Theatre; and
  • $7,000 for the Cape Cod Center for the Arts in Dennis;

Grants must be matched with funds from private philanthropy and/or other public sources. A full list can be found online at http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/facilities/facilities.htm.

“Our region benefits from more nonprofit cultural organizations per capita than anywhere in the nation,” said Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “The CFF sustains this rich cultural legacy and ensures that more of our families can enjoy all that is has to offer.”

With these new grants the CFF will have invested nearly $70 million in the Massachusetts creative sector in projects in 118 cities and towns since 2007. These grants helped launch many transformative projects, leveraging private sector dollars that have kept this sector growing and thriving. CFF has also helped dozens of nonprofit organizations become better stewards of our cultural heritage.

“Tourism is the Commonwealth’s third-largest sector, and arts and culture play key roles in this industry,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “We’re pleased to work with the Patrick Administration and the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support capital projects for cultural institutions so they can better showcase their world-class offerings and continue to draw visitors to Massachusetts.”

In total CFF-funded building projects are spending more than $1.6 billion, providing more than 16,400 building jobs to architects, engineers, contractors, and carpenters.  The organizations also plan to add 1,572 permanent jobs after their capital projects are complete.

CFF grants have also helped restore and preserve many of our nation’s most cherished historic buildings, which attract cultural tourists to Massachusetts. More than 15 million people visit CFF-funded organizations annually, with nearly one third coming from out-of-state.

MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) jointly administer the CFF. A Governor-appointed Cultural Facilities Fund Advisory Committee provides oversight to the Fund’s operation.

More information on CFF can be found at http://www.massculturalcouncil.org

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