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:
Come hear the free summer concert series on the Winchester Common, every Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m. The concerts are sponsored by the Winchester Cultural Council and well as by individual donations, and are organized by Winchester Recreation.
Winchester's second annual Porchfest is moving ahead with a performance date of June 11, 2022 and a location of all around the town. Performances will be in the afternoon, from noon to 5:30 p.m. Organizers are actively seeking
All are welcome to join the Winchester School of Chinese Culture and many of your neighbors to enjoy a show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtq7nIeIF2w that is packed with exciting performances by parents and students in a joyous celebration the New Year of the Tiger. The performance was originally streamed on February 5, 2022. It was supported by a grant from the Winchester Cultural Council.
The Winchester Cultural Council has announced the awarding of nearly $12,000 in grants for 2022 to 14 individuals and organizations. The awards represent the largest total giving by the WCC in well over 20 years.
The Winchester Cultural Council announces a new year-round program of small grants ($50 to $300). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Decisions are normally made within four weeks of the application being filed, and funding can be received shortly thereafter. A micro grant could be suitable for a small art project, performance, or speaker, or to help fund an event that takes advantage of a time-sensitive opportunity that arises during the year.
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,