The Winchester Cultural Council grants program is continuing this year! Cultural activity is more important than ever in this stressful time, and it appears that our lawmakers will recognize that with grant funding levels similar to last year. The application deadline is November 16. The Cultural Council encourages everyone to consider applying for a grant. While the future is uncertain—many "traditional" projects (such as performances or in-person talks) might not be possible for a while—this could be an ideal time to try something new.
Each year, the Winchester Cultural Council gives grants for cultural activities in town with funding provided by the Massachusetts legislature and the governor and distributed through the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Because of the current health crisis, the grant application schedule has been delayed, but grant applications are now available. Following are the important dates:
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is offering a special webinar on September 9 for all who are interested in applying for a grant this year. Grant applications will be accepted through October 15, 2021.
To register for the webinar, visit
It's here! Winchester will finally host its first Porchfest on June 12, 2021, from noon to 5 pm. The rain date is Sunday June 13.
Porchfest is a one day, volunteer-driven, free community event that provides public venues for individuals and groups to share their music and performance art. Originally planned for 2020, Winchester's Porchfest was delayed but not halted by the worldwide pandemic. Performances that can be shared through Porchfest include, among others,
Winchester will host its first Porchfest this coming June—on Saturday June 13, 2020, from noon to 6 pm. The rain date is Sunday June 14.
Porchfest is a one day, volunteer-driven, free community event that provides public venues for individuals and groups to share their music and performance art. The goal is to cluster venues around downtown to promote a more festive environment, promote walking, and encourage patronage of the downtown businesses. Performances that can be shared through Porchfest include:
Winchester's Cultural Blossoming: Money Available—Seeking Ideas
The future looks bright for the arts and culture in Winchester. But what will that future hold? Come learn how to be part of it—get a grant next year to support your own project—and share your ideas for how we could make Winchester a more culturally vibrant community.
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.