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Gloucester Cultural Council

Gloucester is home to the oldest art colony in the United States. The City keeps its cultural history alive through education, programs, and initiatives that enrich the community for both residents and visitors. The Gloucester Cultural Council is invested in maintaining the vibrancy of the City of Gloucester in myriad ways, including securing grant monies to provide funding to City schools, organizations, artists, and other community members.
The Council exists to support public programs in our community that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. We seek to fund programs that have a lasting cultural impact, promote art for equity, support working artists and elevate underserved populations.


Elizabeth Neumeier

9 Dale Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930-3000

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

The Gloucester Cultural Council gathers input from the community and develops funding priorities based on this feedback. This year the Gloucester Cultural Council will give priority to:

– Programs that have a direct link to Gloucester

– Programs that are accessible to diverse groups of people

– Demonstrate innovative ways to bring science and arts to the public

– Promote art for equity and underserved populations

In addition to the state criteria (public benefit, non-discrimination, no substitution, arts/humanities/interpretive sciences), applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:

– How well the program meets our local priorities

– Community support and involvement

– Evidence of track record and dedication of the applicant

– Ability to address the diverse cultural needs of a community’s underserved populations or support diverse forms of cultural activities

– Financial need

– Demonstrated planning and ability to execute a plan

FY22 Local Guidelines

  • We are looking for applications in the arts, the humanities and interpretive sciences.
  • We are preferential to Gloucester residents and Gloucester venues.
  • We aim to serve a diverse demographic.
  • We rarely fully fund any application, so please Indicate other sources of funding in your budget.
  • We want our grants to have leverage, so we are primarily interested in funding projects with a wide community benefit.
  • We look favorably upon collaborative events.
  • Schools applying for grants should specify project or field trip, grade level and number of students, reason for choosing the project, connection to the curriculum, and how GCC funding will be announced to school community.
  • We generally do not approve grant requests for individual artistic projects that do not have a verifiable public component.
  • How Grant Recipients Are Paid

    Reimbursement Grants

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