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Manchester Cultural Council

The Manchester Cultural Council funds grants to those who provide cultural enrichment through the Arts, Sciences, or Humanities. The purpose of the grants is to enrich the lives of citizens of Manchester-by-the-Sea. In the past grants have been awarded to the Cape Ann Museum, The Manchester Garden Clubs, The Manchester Library, Tanglewood Performers, Writing Programs, The Delvinia Theater Group , Manchester Library, The Council on Aging and many others. All funding is derived from an annual fund allocated from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Diane Kilgore


Town Hall
10 Central Street
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944-1399

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FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Based on community input, the Manchester Cultural Council gives priority to projects that foster community-wide participation (such as festivals and concerts); that support art education for children and nature, science, and environmental activities for all ages; and that celebrate local history and cultural diversity. Other priorities include projects that are accessible to all residents, take place in a local venue, and show local support.

FY24 Local Guidelines

The Manchester Cultural Council evaluates grant applications based on benefit to the community, artistic/creative merit, clarity of the proposal, and evidence of planning, as well as on the qualifications and track record of the applicant.
– Proposed programs/events must have a Manchester sponsor, a local venue, and a date. A letter from the sponsor must accompany the application.
– Individuals and organizations are limited to one (1) application per grant cycle (year).
– Programs/events funded for two (2) years will have a lower priority in subsequent years.
– Program/Event fees — Programs that are free to the public are given priority.
– Available funding — Average grants tend to be in the $200 to $500 range.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bates III, Davis R. Sea Songs and Stories: A Performance for Seniors $600
Cape Ann Museum, Inc. A View From My Window $1,687
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $280
Manchester Memorial Parent Teacher Organization Tanglewood Marionettes at Memorial Elementary $950
Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library Young Adult Library Programming $1,525
Seaside Garden Club Artists' Gardens in New England $350
Stockwell, Bernadette Manchester: Do Your ARt! $200
The Delvena Theatre Company A Christmas Carol $600

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