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Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council

The Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council is part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council program, formed more than a quarter century ago. The MVCC’s mission is to promote excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences for the purpose of improving the quality of life for all of the Island’s residents.


1059 State Rd
West Tisbury, MA 02575-5003

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

-Priority will be given to projects that benefit the community of Martha’s Vineyard.

FY23 Local Guidelines

The council evaluates each grant application based on the extent to which it meets the following criteria:

– The project promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences for the purpose of improving the quality of life for all the island’s residents.
– The project is widely accessible to island residents.
– The proposal addresses an identifiable and relevant need in the MV community.
– The project’s objectives are clearly stated, and the outcomes are realistic and attainable.
– There are qualified, dependable individuals in place to carry out the project to its completion.
– There is a clear plan to promote and market the project to the community.
– The budget is complete and thorough.
– In the event that the project receives less than requested, the applicant has other potential sources of support or a plan for scaling the project back.

Please note: Grant applicants who are not based on Martha’s Vineyard must include a letter of support from a Martha’s Vineyard partner or host specifically describing how their project would benefit the Island community. If a letter of support is not included, the project will not be eligible for consideration.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library, Inc. Sounds Like Summer $4,020
Martha's Vineyard Film Society, Inc. Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival $2,200
Kirn, Roberta Winter Concert and Community Sings $3,740
Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, Inc. Wicked Good Musical Revue $1,500
Martha's Vineyard Film Society, Inc. Outdoor Summer Film Series $1,000
Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Inc. Annual Thanksgiving Concert $1,000
Circuit Arts, Inc. Cinema Circus $3,000
Bender, Abby L. Built on Stilts $4,500
Bates III, Davis R. Celebrating the Season: An Inter-generational Performance $750
Knowles, Melissa Young Photographer's Workshops $5,000
The Yard, Inc. The Yard’s Artist Residency Film Series $2,500
Goff, Heather Island Folk Pottery Sculpture Trail $1,260
Nitchie, Donald Poetry Drop-in writing sessions $850
Aquinnah Cultural Center, Inc. Annual Native American Artisans Festival $5,700
Bender, Abby L. Abby Bender Schmantze Theatre $4,000
Wilson, Marion 100 Lagoon Pond and Creating a Location of Care $3,700
Circuit Arts, Inc. 2022 Martha's Vineyard Film Festival $3,000
Sassafras Earth Education, Inc. Truth about Thanksgiving $1,560
Camilleri, Gabriella Aquinnah Artisans Fair and Workshops $1,500
Porter, Dena Vineyard Reflections $350
Jason, Jesse Keller Jesse Jason Choreography and Community Education $3,150
Limber, Richard Gentrification/Degradation/Alienation-----------art?----on the Vineyard? $1,800

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