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Southbridge Cultural Council

Our mission is to support diversified programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences for the cultural benefit and well being of the citizens of Southbridge, first and foremost.


Ted Bartlett

Southbridge Town Hall
41 Elm Street
Southbridge, MA 01550-2645

Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Fy24 The Southbridge Cultural Council priorities for applications with no order of applications the following categories: Southbridge applicants (individuals), artists, performers, private non-profit organizations, schools, library, or other non-profit public agencies, religious groups, churches, etc, and applicants only from Massachusetts. New applicants, art forms and humanities programs that are under-represented in the community with projects interested in promoting cultural diversity. All are considered with the same criteria restrictions of MCC and that of Southbridge (SCC) for compliance. All applicants must read, understand and follow the MCC and SCC criteria requirements before completing the online application grant contract.
All events/programs must be open to the general public and venues chosen have to be handicapped accessible.

FY24 Local Guidelines

Location and Venue: The activity must take place in Southbtidge. The VENUE and DATE must be CONFIRMED before submission of the online application to Boston, MA . In all instances, a change of venue date of the grant requires a written job modification letter mailed to the SCC for prior approval before the event can take place. The mailing address is the letterhead of the grant acceptance letter of January 2024. No emails are accepted since this request is date and time stamped when received at the Southbridge Town Hall office. Publicity -Promotion: The event must be promoted in accordance to the criteria requirements of MCC and SCC compliance. Refer to the acceptance letter of January ’24, the MCC Contract/Requirements online of MCC for specifics and to the SCC criteria as well which is different in some areas from the MCC criteria. The Southbridge Cultural Council advocates using the recognition statement in the grant acceptance letter with the MCC logo or in place of the logo on flyers and some promo materials. While the MCC logo is useful, when used alone in place of the statement it tends to eliminate the community recognition you are in with your event. All promoted/published materials must recognize the Southbridge Cultural Council support and the Massachusetts Cultural Council support.. While social media is acceptable, news releases especially to the local newspaper once a week issue on Thursday is necessary (Southbridge News, Editor, P.O. Box 90, Southbridge, MA 01550) and to the Southbridge Cable Access TV, 41 Elm st. Town Hall, Southbridge, MA 01550 . Both should be mailed 2 to 3 weeks before the date of the event for coverage. Important is that the individual in charge of the event’s publicity must be made aware of the MCC and SCC criteria for compliance of the grant funding. Also important, the grant recipient should not rely solely on the host venue for the publicity. The grantee recipient of the grant funding has a obligation to do publicity. Reimbursement: The Southbridge Cultural Council does not participate in direct grant reimbursement. All events are a reimbursement form procedure after the event with all the criteria required publicity documentation. All publicity published copies of news releases, published social media copies, programs, flyers, tickets, paid invoices, etc. must be included with the reimbursement request. Grant reimbursement is valid one year from the date of the grant acceptance letter of January 2024. The reimbursement may take 3 to 4 weeks before a check is issued. Failure in the submission of required documentation may cause an additional delay for payment. PLEASE NOTE: Every 2024 grant recipient must provide an updated and correct W-9 Tax form with the reimbursement request. Failure to provide this required documentation will further delay payment.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Arakelian, Garine Rubber Duckie Soap Making $725
Bent, Mike Mike Bent's AbraKidabra! Show for the Jacob Edwards Library summer reading program $700
Crowes Pasture Crowes Pasture Folk Music Concert $600
Edgecomb, Diane Interactive Summer Reading Performance for Families $825
Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. The Enchanted Bookshop Musical $1,500
Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. Whistle Down the Wind $1,000
Giving Trees for Life, Inc. Giving Trees For Life Inc $600
Giving Trees for Life, Inc. Giving Trees for Life Inc. $600
Hamelin, Richard L. Poets and Potters $700
Harrington, Noah E. Acoustic Nomads (band) $1,100
Havens, Leslie Concert by Quintessential Brass $1,000
Kurland, Joe More Jewish Life in Song $850
Larget-Caplan, Aaron A Guitar Celebration $1,000
OHerin, Robin Blues & The Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance Concert $600
Parisi, Rita Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight $800
Richards, Raianne Community Concert with Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards $800
Sateriale, George The Magic of Your Imagination $725
Shoup, Lynda Functional and Fabulous Embroidery for Mending $675
Sobel, Anna R. Little Superheroes $650
St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church Albanian Day Picnic $1,100
The Delvena Theatre Company Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks $995
Waterman, Jon Live Music Making History Live $500
kulesza, Darlene Spring Blooms in the Garden $1,200
kulesza, Darlene She's Busy Band for AutumnFest 2023 $1,200
kulesza, Darlene Maggie the Clown for AutumnFest 2023 $1,000
morrill, Frank William Bullard's photographs of a Black community in Worcester -1897-1917 $500

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