Dighton Cultural Council
Dighton Cultural Council, funded from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, supports cultural enrichment to all residents of Dighton, Massachusetts. The purpose of the Dighton Cultural Council is to strengthen, promote and maintain local cultural resources and to encourage their appreciation within the Dighton community.
979 Somerset Avenue
Dighton, MA 02715-1233
FY22 Local Priorities
Only applications submitted through the Online Application system will be accepted this year.
Priority in the awarding of grants will be given to applications that:
1. Reach new audiences primarily in Dighton.
2. Celebrate and preserve Dighton’s diverse cultures and/or its history.
3. Extend school experiences to reach as many students as possible.
4. Support our senior community.
Effective September 1, 2021
FY22 Local Guidelines
Effective September 1, 2021
The purpose of the Dighton Cultural Council is to strengthen, promote and maintain local cultural resources and to encourage their appreciation within the Dighton community. The Council is committed to funding a broad cross-section of activities that reflect Dighton’s diversity including new and emerging cultural resources. We support a wide variety of art forms; the ongoing work of individual artists; environmental education projects; collaborative proposals that bring together artists and other types of organizations; local cultural groups as well as community-wide projects that bring people together. Funds can be used for study, exhibition, performance, publication, pursuit and development of these cultural activities. Primary emphasis will be given to the recognition of, and provision for, the particular needs of Dighton as noted in the priorities listed below.
Principal objectives are:
- To identify and develop new cultural resources in Dighton.
- To strengthen and support existing cultural resources in the town and in the state.
- To involve as many citizens of Dighton as possible in these cultural activities.
Applications are evaluated in terms of several review criteria: artistic or creative merit; project design; qualifications, dedication and track record of the individuals and organizations involved; physical accessibility of any facilities being used; and community benefit/involvement. Proposals from schools and libraries must not request support for activities that should be or used to be part of the municipal budget (i.e., teacher salaries, classroom supplies, school-sponsored clubs and organizations, library books/videos, etc.). Enrichment projects utilizing outside professionals are allowed. Dighton-based applicants are given preference over those from out of town. The council will carefully review repeated requests with particular attention to the extent to which the applicant documents other sources of support to show the project is not dependent solely on council funding.
Applicants can be:
a) arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations;
b) individuals including artists, science educators, historians or other humanists, parents, community members, etc.;
c) 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 residents for at least one year; organizations must be organized and operating in the state for at least one year.
The distribution of funds shall not be based on criteria of race, gender, religion, creed, color, age or national origin.
Completed applications must be received online by Oct. 15 ONLY. NO applications can be dropped off or mailed to town hall. Supporting materials should be sent to the Dighton Cultural Council, Town Hall, 979 Somerset Avenue, Dighton, MA 02715 by October 15.
Application deadline — Oct. 15
Notification of disapproved applications — Approximately Nov. 21
Final approval (from state review) — on or before January 15
Final reports & payment requests due — by January 15 (one year from final approval notification)
All applications must be done online. The application should be as complete and detailed as possible. Provide all pertinent information with the application, including a detailed budget of anticipated income (indicating the sources of that income) and expenses.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines