creative county


Through 2022, ECCF will invest over $400,000 in new collaborative placemaking and public art projects encouraging partnerships between the arts, municipal, business, and philanthropic sectors.

our goals for creative county grants
  • Deepen engagement and investment in the creative sector
  • Enhance the visibility, reputation and new funding avenues for the arts
  • Inspire collaborative placemaking and public art projects by providing tools, templates, and best practices
  • Increase capacity for cross-sector work and leadership development

2021 creative county grantees

past creative county grantees

In 2018 ECCF invested more than $300,000 in the 12 collaborative art and culture projects below. Learn more.

Creative County Initiative Phase 1 grantees laid out

ECCF’s Creative County work is powered by the contributions of our generous community.

creative county grants map


ECCF Announces Next Cohort of Creative County ChangeMakers

Danvers, MA --- Since 2021, Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) has graduated 22 artists, nonprofit and municipal leaders from its Creative County ChangeMakers program, an immersive leadership support program that fosters their roles as creative leaders building...

Creative County ALAANA Grants Application Open Jan. 1

Danvers, MA --- Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) is pleased to announce a new round of grants designed to support artists who have been historically and systemically denied access to resources that empower them to create and share their work. Applications for...

Second Cohort of Arts and Culture ChangeMakers Graduate

By Michelle Xiarhos Curran There’s a certain energy that’s generated when a group of artists and creatives come together in one room to talk, share ideas and support one another. It’s contagious. It’s almost electric. It’s exactly the kind of energy that recently...

Celebrating five years of Creative County

Live performances, inspiring speakers and a $2 million funding announcement top the 2022 Essex County Arts and Culture Summit By Michelle Xiarhos Curran When the beat dropped during Ana Masacote’s high-energy salsa performance at the 2022 Essex County Arts &...

get in touch

Karen Ristuben headshot

Karen Ristuben

Program Director
Creative County Initiative

Attendees at the Illumincion event

community voices

“The work of ECCF’s Creative County Initiative to illuminate the Ayer Mill Clock Tower, provide funding for the Lawrence Public Library mural project, and support Iluminaçion Lawrence overall is a powerful catalyst to celebrate the city’s spirit of resilience and incredible sense of community.”


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