Governor Awards $14 million Grants for Cultural Facilities at 129 Institutions

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At the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield yesterday during a celebration marking grants to 129 institutions from the Cultural Facilities Fund, Governor Deval Patrick announced that his administration would invest another $15 million in the fund next year! From 2007, when the fund was founded, through 2012, the Cultural Facilities Fund was allocated approximately $5 million annually. In 2013, after a grassroots campaign titled “Invest the Rest,” Gov. Patrick tripled the annual allocation to $15 million.

Grants from the fund are used to repair and rebuild aging cultural venues that serve arts organizations, schools, and communities across the Commonwealth. The need for these grants is high among the state’s hundreds of cultural institutions, and requests continues to outpace supply. This year, proposals for $50 million in grants were submitted--more than three times the funds available. 

“Investments in our creative economy stimulate growth and opportunity in every corner of the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick. “Through this new round of funding, we are continuing to create a more vibrant place for our students to learn, our families to live and our businesses to grow.” 

The grants include 81 capital projects and another 48 planning projects. A full list can be found online here. Congratulations to all the recipients of the grants and to all the communities that these cultural venues serve.

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