Apple Tree Arts was awarded a $219,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) for the continued renovation of the Great Hall and the studios and classrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors!!

We have the matching funds required to receive the grant. Donna Blanchard, executive director of Apple Tree Arts was thrilled to be given the grant for the second time from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “It’s an amazing honor to receive a grant commensurate with the amount highly worthy organizations in the state received,” said Blanchard. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Science and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum were given a similar amount.

The MCFF received 131 applications for the highly competitive grant round with $28 million sought for projects. The awards included 61 capital grants totaling about $8.9 million and 18 planning grants totally about $400,000. Donna Blanchard executive director of Apple Tree Arts was thrilled to be given the grant for the second time from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “It’s an amazing honor to receive a grant commensurate with the amount highly worthy organizations in the state received,” said Blanchard. Apple Tree Arts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Science and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum were given a similar amount.

Integrated sound and lighting systems, black-out window treatments, stage rigging and curtains for the Great Hall are all included in the grant, as well as providing audio equipment and smart boards for Apple Tree Arts’ classrooms and practice studios on the second and third floor of the building. 

We are thrilled!