The next step in the Boston-based Barr Foundation’s investment in the arts is here.

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, in partnership with the Barr Foundation, is now accepting letters of interest for grants with the goal of transforming local communities through partnerships in the arts.

“Our first area of granting focus and opportunity is to support the creation of excellence in Public Art,” the Community Foundation states on its website.

“Through this Public Art grant opportunity we are emphasizing accessibility and inclusion where Public Art is open to all and encourages community-wide ownership of the arts.”

Ideas include but are not limited to:


Temporary or permanent installations
Community murals
Public performances (theater, music, festivals, etc.)
Artistic solutions to public issues

Those seeking funding are asked to submit applications for projects that highlight and reflect the following criteria:

1. Impact

2. Transformative

3. Collaboration

4. Artistic Excellence

5. Community Engagement

6. Innovation

Groups seeking grant funding must meet the following criteria:

• Must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Organizations and individual artists may collaborate with groups, however the applicant listed must have 501 (c)(3) status

• Project must serve and/or take place in New Bedford or Fall River

• Demonstrate history of serving or the capacity to serve culturally diverse and/or youth populations

• Align with our vision for the Creative Commonwealth

Letters of interest are due by Friday, July 6 and invitations to apply for grants will be sent out two weeks later.

Grant applications are due by Friday, Aug. 17 with The Community Foundation notifying those selected for grants in mid-September.

More information, and a link to submit a letter of interest, may be found at www.cfsema.org.

Please contact Rayana Grace, Arts and Culture Program Manager with any application questions: rgrace@cfsema.org.