State Senator Susan L. Moran (D-Falmouth) announced a new round of economic development grants through the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development going to three Falmouth organizations.
In total, 183 cultural nonprofits received $9,960,600 to support this sector’s economic recovery from losses sustained by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Massachusetts Cultural Council grants awarded $40,000 to the Falmouth Historical Society, $27,000 to Falmouth Community Television and $9,000 to Cape Cod Chorale.
“Nonprofits in the cultural sector have suffered tremendously during COVID. The importance of the cultural sector to the South Shore and the Upper Cape cannot be understated,” Sen. Moran said. “Tourism driven by the robust cultural and artistic production of our district has been a bedrock of the regional economy. Seeing these organizations supported is a great relief for the future of our district’s culture and art community.”
Of the $10 million made available in this grant round, $2 million was specifically dedicated to supporting small cultural nonprofits, made possible through legislative approval, through the Fiscal Year 2020 COVID supplemental budget. Program guidelines defined “small” cultural nonprofits as having 10 or less full time employees. In this round, 136 small cultural organizations received a total of $5,464,600. These grants also coincide with Massachusetts Cultural Council’s $16.6 million plan to fund cultural programs through organizations, municipal administrations and other local groups working to sustain the cultural sector of Massachusetts through and beyond COVID-19.