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Weston Cultural Council

The Weston Cultural Council is charged with distributing money allotted to the Town of Weston through the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program. Volunteer council members appointed by the Weston Select Board evaluate and oversee grants to individuals and organizations for projects and programs accessible to broad spectrum of town residents that promote excellence, education, diversity and inclusion in three areas:

Arts — including the performing arts (e.g. music, theater, film), visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography), crafts, folk, design, and interdisciplinary arts.
Humanities — including history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
Interpretive Sciences — including lectures and activities to engage people in nature, science, and technology in ways that connect to their lives.

The WCC collects data from the residents of the Town of Weston to inform its funding priorities. In the past, grants have supported an enormous range of activities in the creative/cultural sector, including community-wide festivals, concerts, and plays; exhibitions and projects by local artists; nature, science, and environmental education programs and participatory activities; video productions; after-school youth programs; hands-on workshops in writing and the visual arts; local history and cultural diversity projects; and lectures and book discussions in the humanities.

Grant applicants are encouraged to work with local institutions such as the Weston Public Library, the Weston Arts and Innovation Center, and the Council on Aging to secure a venue in advance for their program. Programming can be in-person, online, hybrid, or hands-on where appropriate, and venues must be handicap-accessible.

Contact

Christine Martin
wcc02493@gmail.com
781-786-5000

Address
11 Town House Road
Weston, MA 02493-2000

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation

$5,500

FY24 Local Priorities

The Weston Cultural Council is charged with distributing money allotted to the Town of Weston through the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program. Volunteer council members appointed by the Weston Select Board evaluate and oversee grants to individuals and organizations for projects and programs accessible to a broad spectrum of town residents that promote excellence, education, diversity and inclusion in three areas:

Arts — including the performing arts (e.g. music, theater, film), visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography), crafts, folk, design, and interdisciplinary arts.
Humanities — including history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
Interpretive Sciences — including lectures and activities to engage people in nature, science, and technology in ways that connect to their lives.

The WCC collects data from the residents of the Town of Weston to inform its funding priorities. In the past, grants have supported an enormous range of activities in the creative/cultural sector, including community-wide festivals, concerts, and plays; exhibitions and projects by local artists; nature, science, and environmental education programs and participatory activities; video productions; after-school youth programs; hands-on workshops in writing and the visual arts; local history and cultural diversity projects; and lectures and book discussions in the humanities.

Grant applicants are encouraged to work with local institutions such as the Weston Public Library, the Weston Arts and Innovation Center, and the Weston Council on Aging to secure a venue in advance for their program. Programming can be in-person, hands-on, online, or hybrid where appropriate, and venues must be handicap-accessible.

FY24 Local Guidelines

1. Preference is given to projects and programs that have not taken place in their entirety before the grants have been approved, so that the community can be informed and invited to participate.
2. Programming can be in-person, hands-on, online, or hybrid if the population being served benefits from this delivery method.
3. Grant applications should include a confirmed local venue. Applicants are encouraged to work with Weston institutions such as the Weston Public Library, the Arts and Innovation Center, and the Council on Aging to secure a venue in advance for their program. A letter from the hosting venue is required to accompany the application.
4. A well-planned budget and proposal is required to accompany the application, including how the grant money will be allocated within the budget.
5. Funding should not be viewed as the sole means of support for projects of a continuing nature, although reapplications for continuing projects are occasionally approved. We encourage groups to not rely on WCC funding on a yearly basis and to develop other sources of funding.
4. Due to the limited amount of funds available, grants awarded are usually $1000 or less, and partial funding may be offered.
6. Funds may not be used for the purchase of food.
7. Grant recipients are required to publicize their program to Weston residents and to acknowledge the Weston Cultural Council in all promotional material. A final report, including publicity materials, is required once the project is completed.

For a complete list of the state requirements visit www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public_applicant_guidelines.aspx.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum, Inc. Stamps Come Alive 2024 Programming $1,000
Charles River Sinfonietta, Inc. 7 Chamber music progams in 2024 and at least 3 performed in Weston $800
Gore Place Society Gore Place Story Trail $200
Land's Sake, Inc. Open Farmyard: Experiencing Farm Life $1,500
Ngwenya, Titi Brave Space Book Club $500
The Rivers School Conservatory 2023-24 Rivers Symphony Orchestra Season $750
The Weston Friendly Society of the Performing Arts, Inc. Weston Friendly Society Sound System Replacement $1,000
WeStar Corp. Boston International Asian Music Festival 2024 (Weston) $1,000
Welles, Christopher Monthly Concert & Jazz Jam $900
Weston Art and Innovation Center AIC Friday Night Music Series $1,000
Weston Council on Aging Art Appreciation Series $800
Weston Drama Workshop, Inc. Theatre for Young Audiences Program $1,000
Weston Forest and Trail Association, Inc. Weston Junior Ranger Program Kickoff $550


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