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Funding for state cultural organizations gets boost

Officials are boosting funding next year for cultural organizations in an effort to grow the state’s creative and tourism economies, Governor Deval Patrick is expected to announce on Tuesday.

Patrick is slated to announce the increase, from $5 million to $15 million, for a state fund established in 2006 to boost public and private-sector investment in cultural hot spots across the Commonwealth, his office said in a statement.

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The governor will announce the hike for the Cultural Facilities Fund during remarks at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, his office said.

“If we want to expand opportunity in our Commonwealth, this is what government must do and do well,” Patrick said in the statement.

According to its website, the fund provides grants to “promote the acquisition, design, repair, rehabilitation renovation, expansion, or construction of nonprofit cultural facilities in Massachusetts,” and all grants must be matched with cash contributions from the private or public sector.

It was not clear how much of the funding will come from private-sector donations. A spokeswoman for Patrick said the projects that receive grants will be announced in the spring after an application process.

Among the dozens of applicants that received grants this year were the Worcester Art Museum, Spontaneous Celebrations, Inc., an arts and cultural center in Jamaica Plain, the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, Inc., Norman Rockwell Museum, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The state says that since 2007, the fund’s nearly 270 grant winners have reported that organizations supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, one of the bodies that administers the fund, have seen 20.8 million visitors, while supporting 9,057 full-time jobs and $551 million in wages and salaries.

Joshua Miller of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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