Apply for a Grant

Anyone may apply for funding, and the range of programs funded in the past has been very broad — a good idea is what counts. The WCC requires  that the applicant have a local sponsor and that the program clearly benefit Winchester directly.

Applications are evaluated in terms of several review criteria: artistic or creative merit; project design; qualifications; dedication and track record of individuals and organizations involved; physical accessibility of any facilities being used; and community benefit/involvement. Enrichment projects utilizing outside professionals are allowed. Projects by Winchester residents are given a high priority.

Who is eligible for a grant? (a) Arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations, (b) individuals, including artists, science educators, historians, parents, or other community members; and (c) community organizations such as schools, neighborhood centers, youth, senior and family associations.

Completed applications must be received by October 16, 2017.

  1. Priority is given to applicants from Winchester residents and organizations. Outside applicants must include a letter of support from a local (Winchester) sponsor as part of the grant application (or forward such a letter to the Council by email no later than the application deadline). We particularly encourage applications from local artists, performers, and other cultural creators.
  2. We do not fund identical projects more than two years in a row.
  3. If the project’s budget is greater than $500, other sources of funding or in-kind donations should be equal to or greater than the amount requested of WCC, and those sources must be documented in the application.
  4. Projects with a high cost per per person served are given a correspondingly low priority (for example, $1500 for 20 students, or $300 for 4 people).
  5. Following the project, we require that photos, news clippings, testimonials from participants, or other appropriate documentation be submitted to WCC prior to requesting reimbursement.

All Winchester Cultural Council grant applications must be submitted online, as a result of a Massachusetts Cultural Council initiative designed to reduce paperwork.

For further information, email us at

Already received a grant? Download the reimbursement form here.  Note that documentation of the event including photos, news clippings, and/or testimonials must be sent with the form, or emailed to

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