Photo above courtesy of Doug Johnson

Our Capacity-Building Program (formerly “Matched Savings Program) is an innovative support model that helps artists strengthen their creative practice and grow its long-term sustainability. Since 2008 and through various partnerships, Assets for Artists has provided financial and business training and mini-grants to over 350 artists in five states (currently serving cohorts in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut).

Artists selected for the 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 mini-grants to be used by the artist toward implementing their career plan. Grant amounts range from $500 - $2,000.

  • Free professional development services, including workshops on financial management and career planning.

  • Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s career plan.

  • We offer our grant programs in locations where we can partner with local arts & development organizations to help fund and promote the services. To date, we have run the capacity-building or matched savings program in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York City, and Portland, Maine. Application timing varies for each location.

The 2020 Capacity-Building Grant application is now open!

Learn the details of our programs in Boston, Massachusetts (statewide), and Rhode Island. Application deadline is Friday, September 27, 2019.

Don’t live in Massachusetts or Rhode Island? Never fear! Join our email list to hear about future opportunities in your area!


Allison Maria Rodriguez (left) and more!



I consider some of the information I learned at the training sessions on a daily basis: it has become embedded in how I approach not only the financial planning of my work and business, but the general infrastructure in which I make art.
— Sarah Tortora, Massachusetts
I have had a great experience with the A4A program. I feel better prepared to manage my business and monitor my finances... Overall I feel I am on the right path and have a clearer view
of what lies ahead.
— Joseph Brien, Connecticut
The program was extremely helpful in helping me clear the initial hurdles of setting up my creative practice; it really was crucial at this pivotal point of my professional development. Sincere thanks!
— David Borden, Massachusetts
I wish I had this training in school (art school). I am so lucky to have stumbled upon this opportunity. I have nothing but praise; this program has given me a new outlook and a plan to follow. Thank you.
— Hannah Rossi, Massachusetts
This is a great program that I have been telling my creative friends about. The classes have given me clarity and confidence to pursue my artistic goals.
— Ana dos Santos, Massachusetts
This has been the best program I have ever been a part of in the arts. The training addressed the major pitfalls of running an art-based business and also empowered artists to find solutions to those problems. The level of all of the teachers and advisors was superb. I learned a lot from this program and it has already helped my business grow. Thank you!
— Teresa Mowery, Rhode Island

Artist Profiles

Thanks to generous funding and an expanding network of partnerships across the northeast, Assets for Artists has now enrolled over 400 artists in five states in our Capacity-Building or Matched Savings Programs! 

We’re excited about the work they’re doing and think you will be, too. Check out our 2019 cohort below and click on the picture to visit their website. See all past cohorts and alumni here.