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MASACares Mini-Grants


For the Fall 2021 cycle, MASACares is partnering with youth development organizations to identify, award, and encourage exemplary youths engaged in artistic, cultural, and community initiatives. Launching on December 6, 2021, we will be inviting organizational representatives to nominate youths within their program for a chance to win $100-$300 Mini-Grants.

How to Nominate

On December 6, 2021, an online form will be linked HERE and will remain live through January 15, 2022.


Fall 2021 Cycle

Nomination Launch: Monday, Dec. 6, 2021
Nomination Deadline: Friday, Jan. 14, 2022
Notifications to be sent out: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022

Selection Process

Nominations are reviewed by a subcommittee consisting of diverse community artists, educators, education administrators, and youth programming facilitators.

If selected to receive a MASACares Mini-Grant, you will receive an email with your Award Notification Letter attached and instructions to schedule a phone or virtual call to confirm receipt and communicate next-steps. Failure to respond may result in forfeiture of the min-grant.

Please note that funds are limited, and it is a competitive review process, so not all nominees can be funded.

Eligibility Criteria

Criteria for Nominators
-Nominators need to be affiliated with a Massachusetts-based youth development program (staff, volunteer, alumni, etc.)

Preferred Criteria for Nominations
-Nominators should elaborate on the following areas when submitting nomination forms:

Their passion, achievements (progress/evolution), or artistic aspirations

Example questions to consider
-What are their artistic practices?
-How have they been developing artistically?
-What are their artistic aspirations?

Cultural Projects
Their participation in cultural projects, programs, or initiatives

Example questions to consider
-How did they contribute to the development of a previous cultural event? (e.g., provided marketing/admin support leading up to the event, helped facilitate the event onsite, performed at the event, etc.)
-What type of cultural projects are they interested in developing or supporting?

Community Initiatives
Their participation in community services, philanthropic initiatives, social awareness campaigns or their aspirations in using artistry to building community

Example questions to consider
-What community services or awarness campaigns have they participated in or helped organize?
-What philanthropic initiatives do they aspire to pursue?
-How do they help others?

Apply HERE

Thank you for your interest in the MASACares Mini-Grants!

Before submitting a nomination form, we recommend reviewing our mission, vision, values, and code of conduct HERE and the eligibility criteria sections above.

Nomination Form
Click HERE to access our Mini-Grant Nomination Form (to be live on Dec. 6, 2021)

Nomination FAQs

Please contact us ( if you have any other questions :)

Mini-Grant Details
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