Amesbury Cultural Council
The Amesbury Cultural Council is a group of local volunteers, appointed by the Mayor, who help promote and facilitate cultural activities and the arts in Amesbury.
The Council oversees the distribution of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants, organizes the annual Amesbury Open Studio Tour, supports and promotes public art projects and cultural events throughout the City, as well as curates an Art@CityHall exhibit four times each year, and supports the work of Amesbury’s Poet Laureate.
Shannon Carroll (Co-Chair)
Amesbury City Hall
62 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA 01913-2825
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FY22 Local Priorities
The Amesbury Cultural Council is interested in funding projects that impact Amesbury residents. When reviewing proposals of equal merit, priority is given to local artists and institutions. Since we usually receive 30+ applications, we favor those which are clearly written, correctly filled out and do not provide more information than asked for.
– Applicants must complete their applications online. No paper applications will be accepted.
– Only submit 1 set of additional materials, brochures, cds, etc.
– Applicants may submit more than one proposal for consideration, however we generally only fund one project per applicant.
– In general, we favor variety and only fund one project per performer/artist/educator, etc. We suggest that organizations work with the performer/artist/educator who will be executing the program to make sure he/she is not submitting competing proposals with other other local organizations/institutions.
We primarily focus on the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s criteria, including Quality, Originality & Creativity, Community Benefit, Planning and Budget.
In addition, the Amesbury Cultural Council will evaluate projects with added emphasis on the following criteria:
– Projects/events which take place in Amesbury and projects/events in which the artist is an Amesbury resident.
– Public art projects/permanent art in Amesbury is given priority over a one-time event
– Events shall have a venue and/or sponsor designated in the application.*Please include a letter of support from the venue where you would like to hold your project. Proposals from artists, etc, who have not made an agreement with a specific local venue or organization prior to applying will not be considered for funding.*
*Applicants are encouraged to review the local cultural resources on our website (http://www.amesburyculturalcouncil.org/localculturalresources) prior to applying if you have an idea but no venue.
We welcome field trip applications. As part of your submission, please make sure to describe how you will integrate this field trip into classroom activities. The ACC gives preference to field trip requests that clearly relate to classroom curriculum.
Additional Field Trip Guidelines:
– Generally, no more than 15% of our allotted budget will be used to fund field trips. Field trips will be rated against other field trips, with an eye towards impacting as many students as possible.
– The ACC retains the right to change funding percentages when the ACC deems appropriate, based on number of applicants, etc.
– The specific date of the performance/event should be stated, and if it is not available, information should be given explaining when the date will be set.
FY22 Local Guidelines
Submit 1 original + 10 copies (filled out completely).
Only submit 1 set of additional materials, brochures, cds, etc
Applicants may utilize the Field Trip Grant Application. In addition to said application, please describe how you will integrate this field trip into classroom activities (no more than 500 words). ACC gives preference to field trip requests that clearly relate to classroom curriculum.
No more than 15% of our allotted budget will be used to fund field trips. Field trips will be rated against other field trips, with an eye towards impacting as many students as possible.
The ACC retains the right to change funding percentages when the ACC deems appropriate.
The specific date of the performance/event should be stated, and if it is not available, information should be given explaining when the date will be set.
Quality, Originality, and Creativity:
Is the applicant and/or partners’ credentials satisfactory?
Do the qualifications of the artist, humanist, or interpretive scientist leading the activity suggest the project will be of high quality?
Are there technical considerations that would impact quality (lighting design expertise, teaching materials, appropriate workshop space, etc)?
Does the project seem interesting, innovative, or particularly original?
Does the project serve and involve the community? Does it serve a particular segment of the community? Does it benefit an underserved population?
Is the applicant a town resident?
Does the project contribute to the cultural vitality and well-being of the community as a whole?
Does the project address a community need?
Does the project play a unique role specific to the community?
How many town residents will benefit from the project?
Is there sufficient planning? Does the timeline make sense to ensure quality in project implementation?
Have the participants or intended audience been identified?
Have the date, time, and venue been set for the project’s completion? Are contact names listed for any performances or showings in the area?
For any public part of the project, is there a budget for marketing/publicity?
Are all financial costs listed (publicity, travel, materials, artist fees, space rental)? Do expenses equal income?
Can the project be successful if partially funded?
Has the applicant leveraged additional resources?
Will the project be done without Council help? Have funds been requested from other sources?
Rating Scale: The organization, program, or project is:
5: Overall excellent in all criteria with no major weaknesses or failings in the strict context of that criteria
4: Very good in all criteria or excellent in almost all, with perhaps no more than one major area requiring attention, correction, or major improvement
3: Good/average in all criteria, or very good in some areas but weak in others with at least one or more criteria requiring attention
2: Weak in several areas, but not necessarily absent of some merit in some areas
1: Very weak in almost all areas of the criteria
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines