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Chester Cultural Council

The Chester Cultural Council is here to serve and promote the cultural activities of Chester and the Hilltowns of Western Mass.


Don Humason

15 Middlefield Road
Chester, MA 01011-9805

Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Priorities are for programs that stay in the Chester community.
Prioritize fully funding grants.
Projects celebrating local history, cultural diversity
Communitywide gatherings: festivals, concerts, plays
Restoration or preservation projects

FY24 Local Guidelines

All grants are subject to the following conditions. Failure to comply may jeopardize full payment of the grant award:

– Projects must demonstrate their relationship to the town.

– Projects must be completed within one year of the date of the final written notice of grant award approved locally and by the state.

– Events/activities must be held in physically accessible facilities.

– Payments are on a direct grant basis. Grantee sends a signed Grant Agreement & signed W-9 back to LCC. LCC forwards Grant Agreement & W-9 to Municipal Officer for payment. Municipality processes paperwork and sends payments directly to the grantees.​ Grantee, at the completion of the program, fills out the Final Report Form and sends to the completed form to the LCC. Grantees must return the completed final report outlining the completion of the program/project that was funded.
If the grantee does not comply with the process set out in the Approval Letter, the LCC can request that the grantee return the funds. If funds are not returned, the LCC can choose to not allow the grantee to apply for the following year or any other sanctions they have made clear in their approval letter.

– All applications must be submitted via the website.

– In all published materials and announcements regarding the activities supported by LCC funds, the sponsoring group or individual must acknowledge this support with a written and/or verbal credit statement or by using the MCC logo. The credit statement is “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.” The logo is available at the MCC’s web site: Credit is required by the MCC and failure to comply may jeopardize future funding.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns, Inc. Music Brings Communities Together $300
Chester Historical Society, Inc. Snowflake Festival $550
Chester Theatre Company, Inc. 2023 Season $1,000
Dowling, Olwen Hilltown Studio Tour $500
Gateway Regional High School MassMoca Field-Trip $400
Gateway Regional School District Guest Artist Series $500
Hamilton Memorial Library Introductiom to Essential Oils $50
Hamilton Memorial Library Nature Matters Inc $250
Hamilton Memorial Library LEGO Robotics $200
Highland Agricutural Society Bruce Mandel at the 2023 Middlefield Fair $200
Hilltown Arts Alliance Hilltown Open Studio Tour $450
Maichack, Mary Jo D. Lift Every Voice Singalong Show at Hamilton Mem. Library $475
North Hall Association, Inc. A Season of the Arts at the North Hall - Historic North Hall Arts Festival 2023 $1,000
Sevenars Concerts, Inc. Sevenars 55th Anniversary Season $500
The Chester Hill Association, Inc. Maple Festival $500
The Community Fair Association of Chester, Chester Hill, & Littleville, Inc. Littleville Fair $2,000
Van Egmond, Timothy St. Patrick's Day Performance For Chester Seniors $465
Western Mass Hilltown Hikers, Inc. Chester Walking Map $500

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