Funds will help organizations increase their staff capacity and retention.
“Staffing the Humanities” responds to needs identified through Mass Humanities pandemic relief grant programs, CARES and SHARP, as well as a 2021 survey of recent applicants and grantees. Forty five percent of SHARP grantees requested funds for staffing. Fifty four percent of survey respondents selected “Staffing the Humanities” as their top choice for a grant program. “Staffing the Humanities” will support the growth and development of humanities programs across the Commonwealth by providing staffing funds to help organizations increase their staff capacity and retention.
This week, the foundation announced grants to eleven organizations with humanities programs. Totaling more than $196,000, the grants will help support humanities program staff costs for past Mass Humanities grantees with annual operating expenses between $50,000 and $350,000 and with five or fewer Full-Time Equivalent Employees (FTE).
The organizations receiving funding this year are the following:
- African Cultural Services Inc.
- Andover Center for History & Culture
- BAMS Fest, Inc.
- Blues to Green, Inc.
- Everyday Boston
- Guerilla Opera
- Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester
- Old Colony Historical Society
- Shirley-Eustis House Association
- The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston
- The Jar
Funding is made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.