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Billerica Cultural Council

What is the Billerica Cultural Council and its purpose?

We are a group of interested residents whose purpose is to support community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Billerica. We are appointed by the Board of Selectmen to dispense public funding allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. We are responsible for informing the public about the availability of public funding for cultural projects and for reviewing and approving applications. The budget of the MCC is determined annually by the state Legislature.

The state’s review criteria are:

1. Support for the arts, humanities, and/or interpretive sciences
2. Public benefit
3. No substitution
4. Non-discrimination

In addition to the above state criteria, Billerica Cultural Council’s review criteria are:

– Priority will be given to grant applications that benefit the residents of the Town of Billerica.

– Priority will be given to grant applications that have a definitive plan or timeline.

– The Billerica Cultural Council encourages collaboration with local partners or organizations.

– Funding will be prioritized for artist fees directly related to the project, salaries or wages directly related to the project, space rental, marketing or promotional expenses directly related to the project, project supplies and materials including performance or other production costs, project-related curriculum materials.

– The Billerica Cultural Council encourages diversity and variety in program offerings. We encourage multi-generational, multi-cultural, and/or multi-modal projects.

Grant forms and guideline information for the 2021 grant cycle can be found online at the Massachusetts Cultural Council website: Big Yellow School Bus program). Please view Field Trip Grant & scholarship, No Substitution and Non-discrimination information on the MCC website.

Proposals are evaluated by several considerations: benefit to the Billerica community (including projects that may benefit segments traditionally underserved by cultural activities); creativity and innovation, quality of the activity, evidence of planning, qualifications of the individual(s) who will lead the activity, track record of the sponsoring group and clarity of proposal.

Contact

Benjamin Perry
culturalcouncil@town.billerica.ma.us
978-671-0924
https://www.town.billerica.ma.us/894/Cultural-Council

Address
Town Hall
365 Boston Road
Billerica, MA 01821-1882

Application Information

FY25 Allocation

TBD

FY25 Local Priorities

1. Support for the arts, humanities, and/or interpretive sciences
2. Public benefit
3. No substitution
4. Non-discrimination

In addition to the above state criteria, Billerica Cultural Council’s review criteria are:

– Priority will be given to grant applications that benefit the residents of the Town of Billerica.

– Priority will be given to grant applications that have a definitive plan or timeline.

– The Billerica Cultural Council encourages collaboration with local partners or organizations.

– Funding will be prioritized for artist fees directly related to the project, salaries or wages directly related to the project, space rental, marketing or promotional expenses directly related to the project, project supplies and materials including performance or other production costs, project-related curriculum materials.

– The Billerica Cultural Council encourages diversity and variety in program offerings. We encourage multi-generational, multi-cultural, and/or multi-modal projects.

FY25 Local Guidelines

We are a group of interested residents whose purpose is to support community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Billerica. We are appointed by the Board of Selectmen to dispense public funding allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. We are responsible for informing the public about the availability of public funding for cultural projects and for reviewing and approving applications. The budget of the MCC is determined annually by the state Legislature.

Proposals are evaluated by several considerations: benefit to the Billerica community (including projects that may benefit segments traditionally under-served by cultural activities); creativity and innovation, quality of the activity, evidence of planning, qualifications of the individual(s) who will lead the activity, track record of the sponsoring group and clarity of proposal.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bates III, Davis R. A Celtic Celebration: A Performance for Seniors $500
Billerica Community Farmers Market, Inc. Billerica Community Farmers Market Entertainment $2,250
Billerica Public Library Queen Elizabeth II - “Her Majesty” $375
Billerica Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program $2,895
Billerica Public Library Challenger: Soaring with Christa McAuliffe $750
Billerica Public Library 2024 Children's Summer Reading Program $1,200
Billerica Public Library Birds of Prey $450
Billerica Public Library Science Heroes: Break the Ice $450
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Billerica, Inc. Music Tech: Podcast Production & Distribution $2,139
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 88th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $250
Hart, Francis The “Beat Generation” - A Cultural Review of the 1950s Through Music $375
Henderson, Steven I. The Haverston Mills Town Meeting $375
Herman-Haase, Eileen Dance Caliente Brings the World to your Feet $800
Jatkola, Matt JATK Stop Motion Music Video $2,000
Kirouac, Daniel Creeque Alley: Folk-Rock concert for the Council on Aging $450
Locke Middle School Cultural Identity Murals $980
MUSIC Dance.edu I am Autistic I am Fantastic - The Musical $580
Marshall Middle School Choreoghraphy, spring musical $1,500
Newman, Howard Music for Seniors $375
Parisi, Rita I am Zelda: one act play about Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald $575
Parnes, Janet Myths & Miracles of Victorian Medicine $360
Porcino, John P. To Life!: Celebrations in Story, Song and Music $450
Rull, Thomas E. "A Musical Journey Through the Years" December Holiday Show $185
Team 4909 Inc New England Robotics Derby and Expo $1,500
The Delvena Theatre Company Meet Julia Child! $650
The Delvena Theatre Company The Incredible Mae West! $300
The Vision for Innovation Academy, Inc. Celebrate and learn about our cultures. $1,000
Waterman, Jon Live Music Making History Live $300
Zaino, Nick 100 Years of Boston Comedy $250
the Wizard, Ed Magic for Seniors $250
the Wizard, Ed Alchemy Laboratory $450


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