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Staffing Recovery Grants

Up to $40,000

Staffing Recovery grants will fund organizations to sustain, expand the hours of, or hire new staff in order to:

  • Sustain successful humanities programs for the next two years
  • Create, bring back or grow humanities programs with new or expanded staff positions (including program, fundraising, administration or marketing positions).

Staffing Recovery Grants are a two-year funding opportunity for organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less and five or fewer full-time employees.

The council expects to award $1.25 million in grants through the new opportunity. These grants are made possible by a Cultural Sector Recovery Grant from Mass Cultural Council.


  • Be a 501(c)(3) or fiscally-sponsored museum, historical society or community cultural organization with humanities programs or state or federally recognized tribe.
  • Have had an operating budget no larger than $500,000 as of your last completed operational year.
  • Have five or fewer Full-Time Equivalent Employees (FTE).
  • Full details available March 6th

Who is not eligible to apply:

  • Organizations that were awarded more than $25,000 from Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Sector Recovery Grant program or through Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021§1599-2043 (COVID-19 recovery) are not eligible for this opportunity.
  • If you received less than $25K you are eligible.
  • Recipients of Mass Humanities 2022 Staffing Grants are not eligible for 2023 Staffing Recovery Grant. There will be a separate grant process for these organizations.
  • Applicants with Mass Humanities open grants that were awarded prior to 2020 need to have completed their grant projects and submitted their final report one week before completing an application for the Staffing Recovery grant.
  • Expand MA Stories applicants are eligible.


  • March 6, 2023–Full Guidelines Available
  • March 6, 2023–Application Open
  • April 6, 2023–Webinar
  • May 1, 2023–Application Deadline
  • June 2023–Award Notification

Estimated Number of Grants Awarded:

  • 30-40
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