AAPI Arts/Culture Pandemic Recovery Grants Available from Mass Cultural Council

Boston – Mass Cultural Council is pleased to announce pandemic assistance is now available for eligible cultural organizations through the FY22 Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Arts & Culture COVID-19 Recovery Program.

This one-year program, a legislative mandate established and funded through an earmark in the FY22 state budget, is intended to uplift and provide financial assistance to AAPI arts and cultural organizations that have been economically impacted by the pandemic.

Mass Cultural Council acknowledges the leadership of the Massachusetts House Asian Caucus, who sponsored and secured this funding during the FY22 budget debate, and provided valuable assistance as the program guidelines were developed. Through their efforts and with this program, Mass Cultural Council continues to prioritize and invest in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the cultural sector, as outlined in the Agency’s Racial Equity Plan.

The House Asian Caucus is a bipartisan legislative caucus dedicated to bringing greater awareness to issues facing the AAPI community in Massachusetts and increasing participation and representation within our state government. Members include Caucus Chair Rep. Donald H. Wong (R- Saugus), Rep. Tackey Chan (D- Quincy), Rep. Paul A. Schmid, III (D- Westport), Rep. Rady Mom (D- Lowell), Rep. Tram T. Nguyen (D- Andover), Rep. Maria D. Robinson (D- Framingham), Rep. Vanna Howard (D- Lowell), and Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven (D- Somerville).

The goal of the FY22 AAPI Arts & Culture COVID-19 Recovery Program, as directed by the Legislature, is to provide pandemic assistance to entities that focus on one or more Asian ethnicity and conduct cultural events, cultural education, or cultural performances, with these funds being prioritized to entities who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

Mass Cultural Council expects to award up to $970,000 in grant funds towards this purpose in FY22. The number of grants and the size of awards will be determined as part of the application review.

The application deadline is March 23, 2022. Translation Services Available. For more information, visit https://massculturalcouncil.org/organizations/aapi-arts-culture-covid-19-recovery-program/