Wayland Cultural Council
The Wayland Cultural Council invites you to apply for grants to support your creative and new ideas, projects, concerts, art shows, presentations, and other community-oriented activities in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The activities should aim to interest and benefit either particular or diverse constituencies in Wayland. Activities of interest to Wayland residents offered in neighboring communities are also eligible, though the Council will want to see evidence of that local community’s support. Our Cultural Council does not fund school field trips.
Please see the funding list tab for guidance concerning the general size and scope of our grant making.
Rachel Sideman-Kurtz, Chair
41 Cochituate Road
Wayland, MA 01778
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FY22 Local Priorities
In addition to the MCC’s overall funding guidelines, the WCC has adopted local criteria that emphasize programs of value to the community of Wayland as reflected in a community forum hosted by the Cultural Council in March of 2021 as well as it’s community input survey of 2017. Important funding priorities include: community-wide gatherings; nature, science and environmental projects; projects celebrating local history; and projects celebrating cultural diversity. Programs targeted to families, teens, children, and/or seniors are also a priority. Additionally, we welcome any application that encourages programs that will involve or attract Wayland residents, that are free to residents, complement the education of our young people, and connect artists’ work to everyday life in our town. Part of our mission is for these events to foster our town’s sense of community.
FY22 Local Guidelines
CALL FOR GRANT PROPOSALS
Wayland Cultural Council is one of 329 Massachusetts Local Cultural Councils that support thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences throughout the state annually. Each LCC is unique, because the board considers granting funds to artists, cultural events and projects, which draw on the interests and talents of its community. We always welcome new ideas for activities and events to sponsor, and currently we are actively seeking community input for new things to sponsor.
In partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the Wayland Cultural Council (WCC) annually awards funds to qualified individuals and organizations to support cultural projects that benefit the community. The Council is committed to funding a diverse cross-section of cultural events. Applications are solicited annually and evaluated on a competitive basis in the fall. WCC grant awards typically range between $200 and $400. With limited funds, grant requests should not exceed 50 percent of the cost of the proposed project or activity. New or previously unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with a council member before the October 15 deadline.
Applicants can be: a) organizations in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences; b) individuals including artists, science educators, historians or other humanists, parents, community members, etc.; c) community organizations including, but not limited to, schools, social service organizations, civic groups, churches, neighborhood centers, youth, senior and family associations, etc.; Incorporated organizations must be nonprofit; unincorporated associations must have a nonprofit purpose. Individual applicants are required to be Massachusetts residents for at least one year; organizations must be organized and operating in the state for at least one year. Field Trip grants are not currently funded by the WCC.
Completed applications must be received or postmarked by October 15. Send application and support materials to the address below.
Because applications always outnumber the available funding, the WCC must carefully prioritize its selection according to specific criteria. Preference is given to proposals meeting these criteria:
All applications must be typed, or filled out online and printed for submission. Online forms are available at https://massculturalcouncil.org
Outstanding artistic, humanistic or scientific quality.
Value to the Wayland community, particularly to an underserved segment of the public.
Quality of planning and the track record of the applicant.
Applications reflecting a broad and diverse array of activities. Priority will be given to cultural opportunities that are rare or unusual in the Wayland area.
Wayland-based applicants are given preference over those from out of town.
Funded activities must be held in physically accessible spaces in or near Wayland. The space and date must be arranged by the applicant.
All proposals must include a letter of support from the venue.
Musical performance proposals from performers not previously seen in Wayland must include an audio tape or link to online recording demonstrating the performers’ skill.
New projects are given priority over recurring events. WCC funds should be considered “seed money” to help start up new projects, rather than fund repeating events. Repeat proposals should demonstrate progress toward independence from WCC funding.
Proposals should include other sources of support to show the project is not dependent solely on Council funding.
Proposals should include a contingency plan in case the project is funded at a lower level than requested.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
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