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Methuen Cultural Council

The Cultural Council is made up of volunteers who are appointed by the City Council for a term of three years. The Cultural Council functions under guidelines established by the MA Cultural Council (MCC) which allocates funding to each community. The mission of the Methuen Cultural Council is to support public projects that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in the community or of benefit to our community. The Council offers support through awarding grants from state allocated funds to individuals and organizations. The Council aims to act as an advisory group to town committees, boards and departments promoting the arts and cultural attributes of Methuen.


PO Box 1006
272 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844-2932

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FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

To support public projects through the regranting of the annual allocation of funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). These projects shall promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Methuen.

Preference is given to

Methuen residents and organizations
Nonprofit organizations
Projects involving local artists
Projects which encourage community-wide participation in the arts, cultural events, graphic arts, fine arts, music, dance, theater, writing, nature, science and environmental education
Projects which encourage participation by audiences of all ages including multi-generational cultural programs
Projects highlighting Methuen’s history and institutions
Projects celebrating cultural diversity and inclusivity
First time funding of projects

FY24 Local Guidelines

First-time applicants, local artists and presenters are encouraged to apply.

Non-resident individuals or organizations:

If your program occurs in Methuen, you must have a predetermined local sponsor and a letter from the sponsor with your application. The letter should specify the type and level of support that the sponsor will provide. The application must identify the venue as either in-person or virtual. Virtual programs must be managed by the sponsor.

If your program does NOT occur in Methuen, you must have a supporting letter from a resident that explains how your program will benefit Methuen residents.

Applications must be completed online and include a complete budget.

Any changes to an approved project must be submitted to the council in advance for review.

Publicity must contain the following acknowledgement: “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Methuen Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”

Approved grantees must advertise event(s) in local Methuen media.

Grants are made on a reimbursement basis. Once your program has been approved/completed, please send your completed reimbursement form/receipts and documentation (Invoices, receipts, or paid bills), including costs associated with virtual programming if applicable, evidence that the event took place (programs, photos, etc.), and was credited as promised (copies of marketing, in newspapers, etc.) to: Methuen Cultural Council at 32 Orchard Street, Methuen, MA, 01844. You may also email your reimbursement materials to with subject line MCC Grant Materials.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bates III, Davis R. Celebrating the Season: A Performance for Seniors $500
Comprehensive Grammar School Parent Teachers Organization, Inc. CGS Field Trip $2,682
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
Greater Boston Stage Company Discounted Tickets to Theatre for Methuen Students and Seniors $1,000
Loiselle, Jennifer Mama Tenney Multicultural Evening $2,500
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $500
McGary, Diane Resident Therapeutic Musician $1,500
Merrimack Valley Community Music School, Inc. Music For Methuen Farmers Market $5,000
Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Inc. Hip Hop Promotes Positivity $2,160
Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Inc. Methuen Young People's Theatre $10,000
Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Inc. Music Hall Days 2023 $2,300
Nevins Memorial Library Nevins Library: Building a multilingual space within the community $6,070
Nevins Memorial Library Amazing Hero Art with Rob Surette $1,264
New England Classical Singers, Inc. Classical Music within Reach $1,000
Newman, Howard Music for Seniors $375
Parisi, Rita Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight $500
Rull, Thomas E. "A Musical Journey Through the Years" $425
The Delvena Theatre Company The Incredible Mae West! $635
The Merrimack Valley Young Men's Christian Association, Inc. Methuen Music Clubhouse $5,000
Waterman, Jon Live Music Making History Live $300
York, Matt Johnny Cash - Songs & Stories $550

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