2020 Boston-Capacity Building Grants

Our capacity-building grant program is an innovative support model that helps artists strengthen their creative practice and grow its long-term sustainability. Launched in 2008, the Assets for Artists program has served more than 1,000 artists in 5 states.

Artists selected for the Boston, MA grant program benefit from the following:

  • A capacity-building grant that serves as working capital to be invested in the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with a $1,000 mini-grant to be invested in accordance with the artist’s personal goals. Funds are awarded at the completion of the program.

  • Free artist-tailored workshops on a range of financial, business, and professional topics. These trainings – mandatory for participants in the grant program – will be held in locations throughout Massachusetts in fall 2019 through spring 2020. See our fall workshop schedule here.

  • Free one-on-one coaching, including support in crafting a plan to guide the investment of the artist’s grant.

  • A peer-network cohort of other Boston A4A alumni and regular alumni networking opportunities.

(Note: In order to be eligible for our Boston program, your home or studio address must be in one of Boston's 23 neighborhoods, and you must be intending to maintain that base in Boston over the coming year. See our grants for artists in other parts of MA or Rhode Island.)

Applications are open to artists in all disciplines and at all stages of their careers. We are especially excited for applications from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists.

Applications are due Friday, September 27, 2019

The 2020 Boston Capacity-Building Grants and Professional Development Workshops are possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Boston, the Boston Cultural Council, and the Barr Foundation.