Middlesex Community College has been awarded a $113,000 Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund grant to support renovation and transformation of the former Boston & Maine Railroad Depot into a performing-arts education center on the Lowell campus.

The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) is a state program that fosters growth of the creative economy by supporting building projects in the nonprofit arts, humanities and sciences. MCC’s award was part of $9.3 million in new grants recently approved by the MassDevelopment Board of Directors. Grants must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources.

“Middlesex is honored to receive a Cultural Facilities Fund grant to support transformation of the historic B&M Depot into a performing-arts education center,” said MCC President James C. Mabry. “It provides a vital injection of public/private-sector support for this exciting project, and plays a critical role in helping the college continue our focus on student success.”

In 2008, Middlesex acquired the former Boston & Maine Railroad Depot from the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission. Built in 1878 in High Victorian Gothic style, the building, located at 240 Central St., is a significant landmark in the Downtown Lowell Historic District. Upon completion, it will provide space for dance, music and theater rehearsals and performances currently lacking on MCC’s Bedford and Lowell campuses.

CFF grants have helped restore many treasured historical and cultural landmarks. MassDevelopment and the state Cultural Council jointly administer the program. CFF grants remain highly competitive: The fund received 146 applications in this round.

For more background on CFF and its impact, visit: http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/facilities/facilities_about.htm