Applications Open for the TDI Creative Catalyst Grant

Apollinaire Theatre Company in Chelsea used a portion of a $75,000TDI Catalyst grant awarded last year to develop an interactive performance of "Romeo and Juliet" throughout downtown Chelsea, which took place in August 2021 and served as proof of concept for the city and neighboring businesses by chronicling how temporary street closures promote foot traffic through the Broadway Corridor.

Boston – MassDevelopment announced the availability of $500,000 in funding for a new round of the Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Creative Catalyst Grant, a grant program for eligible Gateway Cities that supports locally initiated, public-facing projects that advance arts- and culture-based economic development and neighborhood revitalization.

Individuals and organizations proposing projects in and near current and former TDI districts in Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Fall River, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Peabody, Pittsfield, Revere, Worcester (Main South), and Worcester (Theatre District) are eligible to apply. Grant awards will range from approximately $20,000 to $40,000 for individual projects, and from approximately $60,000 to $100,000 for clusters of projects in the same geographic area. Applicants for the new round can find on MassDelopment’s website. Applications are due May 18 at 11:59 pm.

“If you have an idea for an arts or cultural project that will build vibrancy and community in a Gateway City downtown or neighborhood commercial center, our TDI Creative Catalyst Grant can provide the flexible resources to turn that concept into reality,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera. “MassDevelopment is grateful for the continued support of the Barr Foundation as we center arts and culture in our efforts to advance economic growth in Gateway Cities.”

Launched in 2019, MassDevelopment’s TDI Creative Catalyst Grant is made possible by the Barr Foundation, which has awarded $4.4 million since 2019 to MassDevelopment to create and administer arts-based programming for Gateway Cities.