2020 Arts Relief Funding Application & Survey for Cultural Organizations based on Cape Cod | Barnstable County

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s (AFCC) Board of Directors and Staff are committed to supporting the arts and culture community of Barnstable County during this crisis through the AFCC Arts Relief Fund. Due to COVID-19 the 2020/2021 programming grants have been postponed until further notice. Arts Relief Funds have been generated through AFCC fundraising events, individual donations, and Barnstable County Economic Development Council License Plate Grant Program.

Applicants are eligible for up to $5,000 in Arts Relief Funds based on the following criteria: 

  • The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s Arts Relief Fund will support cultural nonprofits (501c3) who have had to pause, reduce, cancel, and/or postpone programming as a result of COVID-19.
  • Your organization’s mission must be based on artistic and cultural initiatives that reflect the vitality, diversity, and history of the arts in Barnstable County.
  • Preference will be given to established 501c3 nonprofit with at least three years of financials publicly available on Guidestar.
  • Preference will be given to organizations that provide year-round programming.


The deadline to apply for Arts Relief Funds is October 16, 2020 with recommendations going to the AFCC Board of Directors for a vote the week of October 19th. Checks will be mailed to approved recipients the week of October 26th.



If you are a 2019 grant recipient, please submit your grant report here. 

2019 Grants Recipients

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Awards $53,000 in Grants

The AFCC is awarding $53,000 in grants to 33 recipients, representing the fourth straight year the nonprofit has increased its total funding and its total number of beneficiaries. The AFCC was able to fully fund 17 grant recipients, representing $26,150. Last year, the AFCC gave out 26 grants totaling $40,000. 

  • Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod ($2,500) – Before and after school art programming funded through our Access Grants
  • Cahoon Museum of American art ($2,500) – Year-long contemporary art installation
  • Cape Arts & Entertainment/ Cape Symphony and Conservatory ($1,500) – Violin instruction for preschool children
  • TEDxProvincetown ($1,000) – Third annual TEDxProvincetown show in October 2020
  • Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra ( $1,500) – Commissioning piece commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage
  • Cape Cod Chorale ($500) – Two community based choruses
  • Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network ($2,600) – Cape Cod: Through the Lens of Inclusion and Community
  • Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre ($2,500) – Stage management mentor program
  • Cotuit Center for the Arts ($1,500) – Free after-school art class for at-risk kids ages 12-17
  • Creative Outlets at the Cape Cod Museum of Art ($2,500) – Creative Outlets: Finding Your Voice Through Arts – Access Grant
  • Julia Cumes, Photographer ($2,000) – Portrait series focused on gender identity
  • Falmouth Community Television ($500) – Vacation animation program
  • Falmouth High School Ceramics Program ($800) – Ceramics project inspired by students’  visit to the Woods Hold Oceanographic Institute 
  • Fine Arts Works Center ($2,000) – Community Arts Partners in Education Program
  • Harbor Stage Company ($1,000) – Summer reading series
  • Heritage Museums and Gardens ($2,500) – Outdoor art exhibit
  • Joyful Variations Chorus ($500) – Multigenerational inclusive chorus
  • LaneCoArts ($550) – SummerSPLASH
  • Art Works Program by MassHire/Cape & Islands Workforce Board ($2,500) – Mentor program for student arts funded by an Access Grant
  • Meetinghouse Clay Center ($600) – Instruction for clay demonstrations during ArtWeek 2020
  • Musical Discoveries by Rachel Youngling ($2,500) – Monthly musical enrichment program in Head Start classrooms – Access Grant
  • Nauset Regional Middle School ($1,000) – Arts Day
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum ($2,500) – Exhibition commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Provincetown
  • Provincetown Commons ($2,500) – Professional development series for artists
  • Provincetown Film Society ($1,000) – Jamaican Film Festival
  • Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival ($2,000) – 2020 film series with the theme of censorship
  • Provincetown Theater Foundation ($1,000) – Various off-season theater programs on the outer Cape
  • Sturgis Library ($1,200) – Fiction writing class for adults 
  • Tilden Arts Center/Cape Cod Community College ($2,500) – “Shakespeare Under the Stars” outdoor performance
  • Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill ($1,250) – Provincetown Dance Festival
  • Veterans for Peace ($500) – Voice of Peace poetry contest
  • Woods Hole Film Festival ($1,500) – Woods Hole Film Festival film camp