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Ayer Cultural Council

The Ayer Cultural Council (ACC) is a group of town-appointed volunteers who seek to expand the cultural experiences for the residents of Ayer. Through funding from the state and the town, we provide a variety of engaging activities and events. It is our belief that these programs support a growing and vibrant town, fostering a strong sense of community among residents while making the town appealing to newcomers.

Contact

Linda McGillicuddy
culturalcouncil@ayer.ma.us
978-621-4370

Address
Town Hall
1 Main Street
Ayer, MA 01432-1373

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Application Information

FY25 Allocation

TBD

FY25 Local Priorities

Council Priorities
Get more information about council priorities from our local guidelines document.
Community-wide events such as concerts and festivals
– Programs that serve families, youth, seniors and low-income population segments
– Local artists and cultural organizations
– Arts education in the schools and youth arts programs outside of school
– Programs that support nature and science

Funding Criteria
Applications are evaluated using the following criteria:
– Meet local funding priorities (see above)
– Directly benefit Ayer residents (When considering grants, the Ayer Cultural Council will place a strong emphasis on funding Town specific organizations and projects, as well as artists/organizations directly withing the Ayer community whenever possible, though external entities may also receive strong consideration depending on the noted criteria.)
– Have a confirmed date & venue (please provide supporting documentation)
– Diversity with respect to age groups, cultural backgrounds & artistic disciplines
– Originality, community support & involvement
– Demonstrate financial need

FY25 Local Guidelines

Eligibility
The wide range of supported activities includes a broad variety of art forms, ongoing work of individual artists and writers, collaborative projects on literature, and historical as well as environmental education.

Applicants can be:
Arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations; Individuals including artists, science educators, historians or other humanists, parents, community members, etc
Community organizations including, but not limited to, schools, social service organizations, civic groups, neighborhood centers, youth, senior and family associations, etc. Incorporated organizations must be nonprofit; unincorporated associations must have a nonprofit purpose. Individual applicants are required to be Massachusetts’s residents for at least one year; organizations must be organized and operating in the state of Massachusetts for at least one year.

Procedure
Applications must be done online via the Mass Cultural Council website.
Applicants must submit one set of supporting materials. Not necessary but helpful are letters of support/commitment from sponsoring organizations.

Conditions
Projects must demonstrate their relationship to the town.
Projects must be completed within one year of the date of final written notice of grant award approved locally and by the state.
Events and activities must be held in physically accessible facilities or via zoom or a similar online forum.
Payments are on a reimbursement basis after the project is completed. Payment requests must document expenses with invoices, cancelled checks, receipts, and/or contracts.

The sponsoring group or individual must acknowledge LCC support in all published materials and announcements regarding the LCC supported event. The MCC logo is available at the MCC’s website, “https://www.massculturalcouncil.org” or by contacting the MCC. The credit statement “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ayer Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.” may be used as well. Failure to comply may jeopardize future funding.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Ayer Community School, Inc. Amy Conley ~ Music Together $350
Ayer Historical Commission Ayer Nashua River Rail Trail Interpretive Signage/Information Kiosk $2,136
Ayer Library Ayer Library Summer Reading 2024: Read, Renew, Repeat $649
Ayer Shirley Regional High School ASRHS Drama Professional Workshops $550
Clear Path for Veterans New England, Inc. Build-A-Flag Woodworking Art Therapy Workshop for Veterans $400
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 88th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $250
Groton Hill Music, Inc. Bach's Lunch Concert Series $500
Kelly, Kaye SheGrooves; Using Our Voices for Positive Change $500
Kempskie, Lisa European Cruise with the Nissitissit String Quartet $600
Kirouac, Daniel Piano and vocal Concert for COA/Senior Center $275
LaBollita, Ann-Marie Decorative Paper and Collage Workshop $350
MUSIC Dance.edu Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $280
Senior Smilez, Inc. Live Theater in Senior Facilities $100
Shepherd, Kelly Harmony Through Generations $700
The Harvard Town Band, Inc. Holiday concert 2024 $250
Tincknell, Roger L. Children's Songs and Singing Games Family Concert $560
Valles, Marcos Music and Movement with Rockabye Beats $400
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Artistic Movement: Moving to Heal $750
York, Matt Matt York - Songs & Stories: Johnny Cash $550
Zammarchi, Robert ElijahT. Grasshopper & Friends $550


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