Status: Closed

The Capacity Grant (formerly the Working Capital Grant) is a capacity-building and sustainability initiative for artists who currently live or have studio space in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties in Massachusetts. The grant is funded by CFWM’s ValleyCreates Initiative and administered by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program.

The program pairs a $2,000 grant with coaching, workshops, and artist community-building. The Capacity Grant program has been designed so that each artist determines what they need from a broad array of opportunities, which means that each artist’s path through the program will look a little different. After being accepted into the program, grantees complete a brief onboarding call to learn more about the resources available to them. This also gives our team a chance to learn more about you and your creative goals.

Sample of application questions.

Program Resources:

When selected for the program, artists will:

(Please note that for most recipients, the artist working capital grant will not be regarded as income for tax purposes, and will not result in a 1099 being issued, which would typically be considered taxable income.)

Application Timeline for 2023:

Applications Open: February 20, 2023
Applications Deadline: April 7, 2023
Cohort Announced: May 19, 2023
Welcome Phone Calls: June 2023     
In-Person Workshop: September 2023
Trip to MASS MoCA: September 2023
Program Ends: December 2023   


Funding cannot support the following:

Preference will be given to:

This program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its applicants and participants. Those who have never received an artist grant are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline:

April 7, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST. Technical support is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Please contact Nicole Bourdon at for programmatic support or Margaret Everett at for technical support.