Status: Open Until July 12, 2024 at 10:00am EST

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) is excited to launch its next round of Capacity-Building Grants. This grant opportunity is funded by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ ValleyCreates Program and is administered by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists (A4A) program. The focus 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 program pairs a $2,500 grant with coaching, workshops, business/career building and personal financial literacy resources, and artist community-building. After being accepted into the program, grantees complete a brief onboarding call to learn more about the resources available to them. 

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Program Resources

When selected for the program, artists will receive:

(Please note that for most recipients, the Capacity-Building 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 2024

Applications Open: May 31, 2024
Applications Deadline: July 12, 2024 at 10AM
Cohort Announced: September 16, 2024
Welcome Phone Calls: Mid-Sept/mid-Oct 2024   
Welcome Kick-off Event: October 2024
Planning Workshop: Late October/Early November 2024 
Artists’ work slide-share (online):  Early December 2024
Mid-way Check-ins w/grantees: January 2025 
Graduation/Field Trip: March 2025 


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

July 12, 2024 at 10:00am EST. Technical support is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be offered via ZOOM. Please see the dates, times and ZOOM links below. No registration is required. Please visit this page after June 3rd to view a recording of the information session.

June 3rd,
12pm – 1pm

June 17th,
4pm – 5pm 

July 3rd,
12pm – 1pm 

July 9th,
9am – 10am 


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

Grants are administered by

 MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists (A4A) program