The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC) plans to continue its trend of increasing the total amount it grants to arts-related programs and projects when it opens its fall funding cycle at the beginning of next month.
“Even prior to the pandemic, the arts were woefully underfunded. The past two and a half years have widened that gap as arts organizations and artists are working to address the losses they’ve sustained since the pandemic started,” said AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake. “Through our annual grant funding, we’re able to address the needs of the sector by supporting programs that make a direct impact on our community and those who live and visit here. The AFCC is proud that it can provide critical resources to ensure the arts remain at the forefront of the Cape’s identity.”
The AFCC’s latest round of funding will open with a letter of intent which will be available on its website, www.artsfoundation.org, starting Monday, Oct. 3. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Oct. 28.
Applicants that meet the AFCC’s eligibility for funding will move to the next stage and be asked to submit a full application, which will be due at the end of November. A final decision on grants will be made by mid-December.
AFCC grants are available to individuals who live and work in Barnstable County and nonprofits and educational institutions based in Barnstable County. The average grant will range from $500 to $2,000, but some applications for up to $5,000 may be considered.
Successful applications will align with the AFCC’s vision to support the arts on Cape Cod to fuel culture and innovation, economic growth, and involvement in the arts community. Priority will be placed on programs and projects which introduce new ideas; build on what is known to benefit the community; create greater opportunities for artists and serve as an economic driver for the region; and expand opportunities for arts access throughout the community while supporting cultural appreciation and inclusivity.
Last year, the AFCC distributed a total of $77,800 to 42 recipients.