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Bedford Cultural Council

The Bedford Cultural Council supports public projects through the regranting of the annual allocation of funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). These projects shall promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Bedford.


Barbara Purchia

Bedford Town Hall
10 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730-2193

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Preference is given to 

  1. Bedford community members
    1. Nonprofit organizations 
    2. Projects involving local artists
  2. Projects which encourage community-wide participation in the arts, cultural events, graphic arts, fine arts, music, dance, theater, writing, nature, science and environmental education 
  3. Projects which encourage participation by audiences of all ages including multi-generational cultural programs
  4. Projects highlighting Bedford’s history and institutions
  5. Projects celebrating cultural diversity and inclusivity
  6. First time funding of projects

FY24 Local Guidelines

  1. Non-resident individuals or organizations
    1.  If your program occurs in Bedford, you must have a predetermined local sponsor and a letter from the sponsor, including the sponsor’s Bedford address, with your application. The letter should specify the type and level of support that the sponsor will provide. The application must identify the venue as either in-person or virtual. Virtual programs must be managed by the sponsor.
    2. If your program does NOT occur in Bedford, you must have a supporting letter from a resident, including their Bedford address, that explains how your program will benefit Bedford residents.
  2. Projects done on town property must have all town related approvals and town department commitments before application submission (i.e., from all relevant permitting authorities and stakeholders).
  3. Applications must be completed online, including a complete budget and specific project date(s)/timeframes. 
  4. Publicity must contain the following acknowledgement: “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”  For additional information, refer to  Event Publicity Guidelines.
  5. The Bedford Cultural Council cannot guarantee full funding of any requested amount. Your event must be able to proceed with only partial funding of the requested amount from the Bedford Cultural Council. Other Massachusetts Cultural Grant Program Opportunities are described at:
  6. Approved grantees must advertise event(s) in local Bedford media.
  7. Grants are made on a reimbursement basis only. Once your program has been completed, please send your completed reimbursement form and documentation (invoices, receipts, or paid bills), including costs associated with virtual programming if applicable, evidence that the event took place (programs, photos, etc.), and was credited as required (copies of marketing, in newspapers, etc.) to: Bedford Cultural Council, Bedford Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730. You may also email your reimbursement materials to Preapproval from the BCC is required for partial reimbursement for projects that happen in more than one phase. Refer to Reimbursement Guidelines for additional information.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bedford Arts and Crafts Society Series of Artist Demonstrations and Craft Workshops $400
Bedford Arts and Crafts Society Bedford Arts and Crafts Service Project $300
Bedford Center for the Arts, Inc. BCA 2022-2023 Program Series $250
Bedford Desi Group Bedford Diwali Celebration $500
Bedford Desi Group Bedford Desi Holi Celebration $250
Bedford Embraces Diversity MLK Jr. Community Day $600
Bedford Free Public Library Traveling Makerspace - 2 Sessions $450
Bedford High School Author Zoom Visit and Books: Social Justice & Sports theme $700
Bedford High School World Language Celebration Week $300
Bedford High School Black Student Union Black Boston $600
Bedford High School Performing Arts Department BHS Auditorium Spotlights $750
Bedford Historical Society, Inc. Town Wide Newsletter $450
Bedford Historical Society, Inc. Town Wide Newsletter $450
Bedford Historical Society, Inc. Community Lecture Series $400
Bedford Mothers Out Front Bedford Pumpkin Smash $300
Bedford Rotary Foundation, Inc. Rotary Club of Bedford Winter Community Breakfast $250
Dale, Nelson Who Is the Earth? $330
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $150
Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging, Inc. Brochure $150
Friends of the Job Lane House, Inc. Job Lane Farm Museum Family Field Day $500
Friends of the Job Lane House, Inc. Job Lane Farm Museum Student Docent Project $480
Girl Scout Troop 70426 Painting badge $250
Girl Scout Troop 72147 Missed Old Sturbridge Village Field Trip $187
Kammerwerke, Inc. Kammerwerke Douboe Wind Quintet (2 concerts) $500
Lieutenant Job Lane School Lane Lobby Math and Science Corner - Science Sensory Stations $390
Newman, Howard Musical Baseball Show $250
Parents Diversity Council, Inc. Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration with the Red Hawk Singers & Dancers $400
Scoville, Sarah Bedford Utility Box Project $1,200
St. Paul Weekday Nursery School, Inc. Chip & Farm agricultural education program $250
The Concord Chorus, Inc. Spring Concert $100
The Concord Orchestra, Inc. 2022 -2023 Seaon and Music Director Search $100
The Delvena Theatre Company Louisa's Girls $400
Vahan, Greg P Mythology & Beyond $250
van Steenwijk, Jan Ephemeral Moments $200

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on December 3, 2023 at 12:01 AM UTC
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