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MASACares Mini-Grants


During the previous semester, MASACares started a new initiative providing funding support to artistic, innovative, and movement-making Creative Youth Development organizations concentrating on three core areas: artistic development, cultural community event programs, and philanthropic initiatives.

For the Fall 2021 cycle, MASACares is collaborating with local CYD organizations to help identify exemplary youths engaged in these activities. Launching on December 6, 2021, we will be inviting CYD representatives to nominate youths within their organizations for a chance to win $100 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

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Selection Process

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

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 CYD organization (staff, volunteer, alumni, etc.)

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

The youth’s artistic 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?

Community Cultural Event Programming
The youth’s participation in community cultural projects or programs or their aspirations to use artistry as a way of building community

Example questions to consider
-How did they contribute to the development of a previous community 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 community cultural events are they interested in developing or supporting?

Philanthropic Initiatives
The youth’s participation in community service activities or aspirations to arrange initiatives that impact social awareness and our communities at large:

Example questions to consider
-What community service activities have they participated in or helped organize?
-What social awareness campaigns have they participated in or helped organize?
-What philanthropic initiatives do they aspire to pursue?

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

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