The Winchester Cultural Council invites applications from organizations, schools and individuals of all ages for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Those activities can include performances, workshops, lectures, exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies, historical preservation, or other artistic projects and activities in Winchester.
Projects should have a local sponsor; local artists and performers are especially encouraged to apply. Past programs supported by WCC grants include Art in August, Authorfest, the Just a Minute Film Festival, a film about Col. Winchester, concerts on the Common and at Wright-Locke Farm, a classical Indian dance performance, and arts programming in schools.
The deadline for applications is October 15, 2019. Funding decisions will be made and applicants notified by mid-January 2020.
- Applicants may be individuals; incorporated private nonprofit organizations; unincorporated associations (a group of individuals) with a nonprofit objective; public schools, libraries, or other municipal agencies; and religious organizations (for cultural programming that is available to the general public and does not have the effect of advancing religion).
- Projects must be in the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences, provide a public benefit (generally should be open to the public), and be non-discriminatory.
- Grant funds received from a Local Cultural Council may not be used to purchase food or beverages.
- Grant projects must take place during the calendar year for which the grant is given (i.e., during 2020).
If the project's budget is greater than $500, preference is given to applications with outside funding or in-kind donations that are equal to or greater than the amount requested of the WCC, and documented in the application.
More program details can be found on the Massachusetts Cultural Council website.
All applications are submitted online; click the following link to access the online application.
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