Arts Organizations Impacted By Pandemic Eligible For AFCC Grants

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Grants from $4,000 to $20,000 will be available to cultural organizations in Barnstable County that have been impacted by the pandemic through the latest round of grants from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC).

The AFCC has a total of $139,000 available to assist local nonprofits that have an arts- or culture-based mission. The funding was provided through a grant the AFCC received last year from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). It was one of 66 organizations nationwide selected to receive a total of $20.2 million from the NEA to assist the arts sector with COVID-19 recovery.

“We’re grateful for the support of the National Endowment for the Arts which recognizes the critical importance that arts and culture has locally to communities like Cape Cod,” said AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake. “We’re excited to use this funding as one step towards recovery for an industry that has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. As the third largest nonprofit sector on Cape Cod, arts and culture organizations play a vital role in shaping our region’s economy and identity.”

Grant applications will officially open up on Wednesday, June 1, at The deadline to submit an application is Friday, July 15.

On the AFCC’s website, interested applicants can review grant terms and conditions; application questions; a budget template; and scoring guidelines. Any organization that applies will need to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) which is a requirement for receipt of federal funds. Details on obtaining a UEI are also available at

Unlike the AFCC’s annual appropriations, this round of grants will not support projects. Funding can be used to assist with the following costs:

  • Salary support (full or partial) for one or more staff positions;
  • Facilities costs, such as mortgage, rent and utilities;
  • Costs associated with healthy and safety supplies for staff and/or patrons; and
  • Marketing and promotion costs.

Grants will range from a minimum of $4,000 and a maximum of $20,000.

Applications will be reviewed from mid-July to mid-August with grant notifications occurring during the week of Aug. 22. Checks will be issued in September 2022.

In the fall, the AFCC will begin its annual round of grant funding for projects and programs which fuel culture and innovation, economic growth, and involvement in the arts community. At the end of last year, the AFCC awarded $77,800 to 42 cultural nonprofits and artists, representing the sixth straight year it has increased the amount granted in support of arts and culture on Cape Cod.