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Harvard Cultural Council

The Harvard Cultural Council’s purpose is to promote and support the vitality of the cultural resources within the Harvard community. A wide variety of activities considered for annual grant funding include community gatherings such as concerts, plays and festivals; arts, science and environmental education in the schools and at the public library; projects focusing on local history and diversity, restoration and preservation.


Rich Marcello

c/o Harvard Town Hall
13 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451-1458

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

The Harvard Cultural Council gathers input from the community on a regular basis and develops funding priorities based on this feedback. Based on feedback from the periodic surveys, the HCC local priorities are as follows:

We encourage submissions in the areas of artistic performances of any kind, local historic programs, and other projects clearly within the guidelines of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

We focus on events and activities that take place in Harvard and serve Harvard residents. We strongly encourage applicants to partner with a local Harvard sponsor before applying.

Also note that applications for general operating expenses, fund scholarships or (non-municipal) capital expenses will not be considered.

All applications must be made online; no paper applications will be considered, according to the state policy.

FY23 Local Guidelines

All applications must be postmarked by October 17. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications from organizations and individuals based in Harvard and surrounding towns are given priority. Applicants not affiliated with a local or regional organization must include a letter of support from a Harvard-based partner organization confirming performance date and venue.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the council co-chairs for assistance if needed.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
The Harvard Town Band, Inc. Harvard 4th of July Parade $250
Harvard's Cultural Collaborative, Inc. "NATURE INSPIRED" - Juried Art Show Celebrating Harvard Conservation Trust's 50th Anniversary $1,000
Bates III, Davis R. The Places You'll Go: A Summer Reading Performance $475
Worcester Chamber Music Society, Inc. Free Tickets for Town Residents $500
Bolton & Harvard Open Studios Bolton & Harvard Open Studios $300
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Nature & Art Therapy $800
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 86th Regional Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $200
Groton Hill Music, Inc. Bach's Lunch Concert Series $500
Clear Path for Veterans New England Arts from the Heart $750
Peisch, Steve A. Modern Music Gala $250
The Cannon Theatre Tuition Support for Children's Programs $450
Town of Harvard Harvard 4th of July Celebration at Fruitlands $1,000

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