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Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council

The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council (ABCC) is a volunteer committee comprised of residents from both communities. Through our grant cycle we support local public programs that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts. All of our meetings are open to the public.

Contact

Sharon Garde
abccinformation@gmail.com
978-831-3447

Address
P.O. Box 2291
Acton, MA 01720-4478

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation

$16,200

FY23 Local Priorities

Applications are initially screened using the following criteria:

All projects must follow State and Local safety guidelines in effect at the time of submission — should those guidelines change, projects must adapt.

We acknowledge the impact of COVID-19 on programming and encourage creative approaches for your projects.

Specificity – project must include performance/exhibit date, audience, and confirmed venue. For a live event, application must include date and venue confirmation in the form of a letter or approved reservation form from the venue host. For a virtual event, application must include date (or date range) and hosting and/or sponsor confirmation.

For in-person performances/exhibitions, project must specify alternative plans in case the project cannot go on due to COVID-19 or State/Town restrictions.

If the event is taking place outside of Acton-Boxborough, and you are not a resident of one of those towns, you must include a letter of support from an Acton-Boxborough resident with your grant application.

Non-substitution – Cultural Council funds are not intended to substitute, replace or relieve existing public funds for programs in the arts. Schools and libraries may only request funding for cultural enrichment activities that are led by outside artists, humanists or interpretive scientists. The cultural professional cannot be a current employee of the school system.

Applications will then be evaluated using all of the following criteria:
– Must demonstrate benefit to Acton and/or Boxborough residents
– Collaboration between and among artists and local institutions
– Artistic excellence (as reflected in resumes, letters, press, videos, other qualifying materials).
– Diversity of age groups, cultural backgrounds and artistic disciplines
– Originality
– Feasibility – ability of the applicant to carry out the project as proposed (or an alternative due to COVID-19 or State/Town restrictions)
– New projects will get priority
– Maximum community/audience impact, including ratio of dollars spent to number served

Limitations:
– Projects for consideration must fall between July 1 of the current Fiscal year and December 31st of the following year.
– Only arts organizations are eligible to request funds to support fundraising events.

– Non-dependency for ongoing projects: Council funds are not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for artists or organizations with ongoing projects (e.g. annual concerts, annual art exhibits, etc.)

– Costs for refreshments and transportation will not be funded.

FY23 Local Guidelines

Who can apply:

Eligible applicants for ABCC Grants (both LCC Grants and Field Trip grants, formerly called PASS Grants) include: individuals; private-nonprofit organizations; un-incorporated associations; schools; libraries, or other public agencies; and religious organizations. In the case of religious organizations, projects must be primarily cultural in their intent without the effect of advancing religion. Current employees of school systems or public libraries are not eligible to receive a grant for themselves.

What we can fund:
LCC Grants fund projects involving the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and enjoyment of the arts. Applications for humanities or interpretive science projects with an arts component will also be considered. Field trip grants, formerly called PASS Grants, subsidize the cost of admission for performances, tours and exhibits. There is no longer a maximum ticket price allowed, but transportation costs will not be covered by the grant.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council has a separate program, Big Yellow School Bus, which provides grants for transportation for cultural field trips. See www.massculturalcouncil.org.

Matching funds are strongly encouraged. Do not depend on ABCC grants for sole funding. You may use Cultural Council grants to leverage other grants, contributions or in-kind donations.

Funding Priorities and Grant Evaluation:
Applications are initially screened using the following criteria:

project must have a confirmed performance/exhibit date, audience, and venue. Applicants must provide a venue confirmation in the form of a letter or approved reservation form from the venue host.

Non-substitution:Cultural Council funds are not intended to substitute, replace or relieve existing public funds for programs in the arts. Schools and libraries may only request funding for cultural enrichment activities that are led by outside artists, humanists or interpretive scientists. The cultural professional cannot be a current employee of the school system.

Applications will then be evaluated using all of the following criteria:

Benefit to Acton and/or Boxborough residents

Collaboration between and among artists and local institutions

Artistic excellence (as reflected in resumes, letters, press, videos, other qualifying materials)

Diversity of age groups, cultural backgrounds and artistic disciplines

Originality

Feasibility — ability of the applicant to carry out the project as proposed

Maximum community/audience impact, including ratio of dollars spent to number served

Limitations:

The ABCC will support fund-raising events for arts organizations only.

Non-dependency for ongoing projects: Council funds are not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for artists or organizations with ongoing projects (e.g. annual concerts, annual art exhibits, etc.)

Costs for refreshments and transportation will not be funded

Requests for Capital Expenditures — Applications to acquire, improve or maintain facilities or equipment used for cultural activities will be reviewed only under the following circumstances: 1) there must be a one-time or special need and long-term public benefit; 2) there must be a 2:1 match of funding (1 part ABCC grant and 2 parts from other sources); 3) applicants must respond to a list of supplemental questions; please contact us for this list. Capital expenses are defined as: items that have a life expectancy of more than three years and a monetary value of more than $500. Examples include equipment, such as lighting or sound equipment, new construction or the renovation of a cultural facility. ** Schools, lib

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
The Harvard Town Band, Inc. Boxborough Harvest Fair - NVCB $250
Harms, Andrew Voices: Folk, Jazz, and Film Music for Trumpet and Piano $600
MUSIC Dance.edu Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $380
York, Matt Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $350
The Concord Orchestra, Inc. 2021-2022 Concert Season Music Director Search $500
Boston Yue Opera House, Inc. Year of the Tiger Chinese Opera Show $800
Newman, Howard Music for Seniors $375
Acton Community Chorus, Inc. Why we sing! $500
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $549
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Writing for Wellness $500
Open Door Theatre of Acton, Inc. Lightning Thief $685
Whipple, Kirk Duo Pianists, Composers & Educators Whipple & Morales in Concert $825
Sounds of Stow, Inc. Sounds of Stow 2021-2022 Concert Season $400
The Cannon Theatre Tuition Support for Children's Programs $450
Schwartz, Janet Simple Steps to Creating Beautiful Artwork $400
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 86th Regional Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $420
Peet, Yin 2022 Stone Carving Symposium $600
Kane, Timothy D. All Together Drumming $350
Shadaj, Inc. Indian Classical Music Concert and Music Appreciation Session $500
Tang, Hongbing Asian Style Digital Art Workshops $500
Herman-Haase, Eileen Dancing Joy with Dance Caliente $650
Chakraborty, Maitreyee Children & Adults Sing Indian Classical and Tagore Songs $800
Groton Hill Music, Inc. Bach's Lunch Concert Series $500
Zhang, Jessica Window Seat 2021-2022 $500
Acton School District Combatting Hate and Prejudice $350
Sudbury Savoyards, Inc. The Grand Duke $700
Nashoba Valley Chorale AWAKE! $750
Villani, Dan CrossTracks Band Performance $500
Bates III, Davis R. Celebrating the Season: A Performance for Seniors $475

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