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Fairhaven Cultural Council

The Fairhaven Cultural Council participates in the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Direct Grants system. Direct Grants enable LCCs to process grant monies upfront, rather than waiting until after the grantee completes their project.

The council will make grant money immediately available in full to grantees once their projects have been approved and the council receives all required paperwork from the grantee. Upon completion of your program, you will be required to submit a final report to the Local Cultural Council verifying that your project adhered to the proposal, local and state guidelines, and provides proof of properly crediting the LCC and the MCC in all publicity.

Please read the full Direct Grant System Guidelines at
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Sharon Dorian

Town Hall
40 Center Street
Fairhaven, MA 02719-2995

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities


– Priority will be given to first-time applicants in Fairhaven
– Successful proposals will demonstrate a clear benefit to Fairhaven residents
– Priority will be given to grants for programs or projects that take place in and/or are specifically related to the culture and history of Fairhaven

FY23 Local Guidelines

– Time Line: This council funds projects taking place during the calendar year (Jan. 2023-Dec. 2023). The grant application period begins Sept. 1st. Applications must be submitted online by Oct. 15th, 2021.
– Non-dependency Policy: The council encourages applicants to solicit additional funds and usually limits applicants to 3 consecutive years of funding for the same project.
– Field Trip Grants: The council accepts applications for field trips from all eligible groups (schools, non-profit organizations, etc.). Ticket and transportation costs are considered.
– All grant recipients and denials will be notified in writing by the end of December.
– Grant recipients will be expected to submit itemized receipts showing that grant monies were used for appropriate expenses.

– Application are available online.
– Include a letter from your venue, local sponsor or host organization verifying the location of your project or performance.
– Specify a projected date for the event, project or performance. Optional- Support Materials: Support material includes any media or printed material, publicity, reviews, photos, resumes, letters of support from sponsors, etc.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
OBrian, Sheri Stilt Walking Snow Queen $200
The Millicent Library The Whalemobile $545
Hastings Middle School Secondary Special Education Community Outings $750
Fairhaven High School The Meaningful Advisory - Connecting through Culture, Creativity, Collaboration, & Civics $500
York, Matt Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $500
New Bedford Museum and Art Center, Inc. Teen Artist Internship Program (TAIP) $500
North Fairhaven Improvement Association, Inc. Music Night in the Gazebo $500
Fortier, Ron Imagining History at Fort Phoenix $1,250
Fortier, Ron Contemporary Fairhaven Artist Podcasts $500
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. Young People's Concert 2022: Gravity in Space and Sound $400
Tri-County Music Association, Inc. Complimentary Senior Tickets $75
Bates III, Davis R. Oceans of Possibilities: A Summer Reading Performance $500
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. Fishboats: Art of the Commercial Fishing Industry $500
Fazio, Rhonda M Dyeing to Wear It: Creating Community through Color $600
Fortier, Ron Historic Fairhaven Artist Podcasts $500
SouthCoast Children's Theatre, Inc. SouthCoast Children's Theatre presents " James and the Giant Peach" $880
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, Inc. Shakespeare in NB 2022 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream $900
Your Theatre, Inc. 10th Annual New Bedford JazzFest $500
New Bedford Festival Theatre, Inc. New Bedford Festival Theatre Summer Academy 2022 Beauty and the Beast and Beyond! $500
Baptiste, Brooke Reggae On West Beach $750
Buzzards Bay Coalition, Inc. Discover Buzzards Bay: Fairhaven $825
South Coast Children's Chorus Music Connects Us - One South Coast $600

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