Grants Program Overview

ATTENTION: 2024 Community Partnership Grant and Hospitality Scholarship application deadlines are May 1, 2024.

All submissions should be sent electronically to Mark O’Leary at

In 2007, the MCCA and State Senator Jack Hart launched the MCCA Community Partnership & Hospitality Scholarship Fund, a two-part program that allows all of Boston’s neighborhoods to benefit from consumer shows at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and established scholarships to boost workforce development in the hospitality industry.

The program, funded by revenue generated from consumer shows, encourages local Boston non-profit organizations to apply for grants or donations. Additionally, as part of the program, the MCCA has launched a statewide scholarship program that provides scholarships annually to current and future hospitality students.

The program expands on the South Boston Community Development Foundation (SBCDF). By state statute, the SBCDF receives ten cents for each square foot of rented exhibit space and one dollar per admission ticket sold for each gate show at the BCEC. The SBCDF then makes charitable donations to South Boston non-profits. The MCCA designates funds for the Community Partnership Grants program to support non-profit organizations in the other neighborhoods of Boston each year. 

An internal committee of the MCCA will review grant and scholarship applications and choose which programs will receive funding. Once programs are recommended, the MCCA Executive Director has final approval.