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MCC Funding Criteria

The MCC requires that projects have a public benefit: Activities must contribute to the cultural vitality of the community rather than benefiting any private individual or group. Whenever possible, activities funded by Local Cultural Councils should be available to the public or community by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means, whether in-person or via virtual and remote programming.

The MCC also requires that projects not discriminate on the basis of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, or immigration, military, or socio-economic status. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that persons with disabilities have access to public programs or services on an equal basis with the rest of the public.


Alice Kociemba

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59 Town Hall Square
Falmouth, MA 02540-2761

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

The Falmouth Cultural Council prioritizes funding of applications from Falmouth individuals and organizations; events that take place in all the villages of Falmouth and benefit the Falmouth community. The Council establishes its funding priorities annually.

In addition to state funding and eligibility requirements, the Falmouth Cultural Council will use the following review criteria to evaluate how well the FY24 applications meets local priorities:
• Whether the project or program is free or low-cost (defined as $5 – $25 per person or family, children free)
• Whether the project or applicant is new to this grant program.
• Whether the project or program addresses the diverse cultural needs of Falmouth’s underserved populations or supports diverse forms of cultural activities
• Whether the project or program shows the presence of community support, collaboration, and involvement
• Whether the project or program demonstrates planning that includes prior approval of a named venue

FY24 Local Guidelines

All projects are welcome. However, based on preferences expressed in response to the community survey, the Falmouth Cultural Council encourages applications in the following areas:
• Community-wide fairs and festivals
• Children’s and school programs
• Concerts and dance performances
• Theater, comedy, spoken word, and storytelling
• Projects celebrating local history
• Projects celebrating cultural diversity
• Library programs and events
• Fine and applied art classes, exhibits and receptions
• Science and nature educational projects and events
• Projects serving underserved populations.

The Falmouth Cultural Council encouraged projects that serve and include underserved populations. Respondents to the community survey identified underserved populations such as low-income persons; BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color); people with disabilities; LGBTQ+; non-English-speaking community members; families and children; teens; seniors; and single adults.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bates III, Davis R. Raising Our Voices: A Summer Reading Performance $550
Beyond the Bounds, Inc. Beyond the Bounds 2023 $1,000
Calliope Poetry Series, Inc. Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Past $1,200
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Inc. Summer Chamber Music Concert in Falmouth $500
Children's Discovery Museum of Cape Cod, Inc. Oceans and Waterways WHOI $1,000
College Light Opera Company, Inc. CLOC's Community Shows: June 2023 $1,000
Esperson, Lisa Drum Rhythms from around the Atlantic $750
Falmouth Artists Guild, Inc. Art History lectures $750
Falmouth Chamber Players, Inc. Falmouth Chamber Players Spring Concert $500
Falmouth Community Television Corporation, Inc. Streaming For Creators $907
Falmouth Jazz, Inc. Celebrating Women Blues Singers: Women's History Month $550
Falmouth Village Association, Inc. Falmouth Village Movies Under the Stars $1,000
Good Grief Cape Cod Good Grief Expressive Art Program $1,000
Hammers, Dawna J. Earth Day Concert $700
Historic Highfield, Inc. End to End: Artists with the Land and Sea - Summer Exhibition 2023 $1,000
Lewis, Stephen Nuclear Energy is there a future? an international Poster Exhibit $195
Means, Pamela Pamela Means presents The Power of The Protest Song: Our Shared History and Present Day $950
North Falmouth Village Association, Inc. What's My Message? $400
Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Inc. Sauntering Songs $1,000
The Arts & Justice Collective Community House Parties $500
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Inc. Rise and Shine Program $250
The Falmouth Historical Society Discovery Backpack $750
West Falmouth Library, Inc. Bringing the Zoo to You $450
Wilson, Mary Puppets, Paul & Mary Show $500
Woods Hole Historical Museum Improvements to Museum $429
Zuzanski, Jacek Puppet Show "Alice, or Red King's Dream" and accompanying workshops $669

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on December 11, 2023 at 12:02 AM UTC
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