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Westport Cultural Council

The Westport Cultural Council works to foster quality cultural programs and activities that bring the community together to create, share and inspire. With funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the WCC works to support community programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. A grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust also enables the WCC to recall and reinforce the dedication and contributions of Ms. Ellis to the arts, education and the community each spring.


Carol Vidal

816 Main Road
Westport, MA 02790-4396

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

The Westport Cultural Council will give priority to grant requests that:

  • Directly involve the arts, interpretive sciences or humanities.
  • Take place on the South Coast, or promote local creative talent or cultural resources.
  • Have a measurable impact on the Westport community, by reaching a significant number of Westport residents, whether immediately, or over time.
  • Engage, and help bring together, Westport’s varied communities, or introduce Westport residents to new or different cultural perspectives.
  • Do not duplicate existing programs or funding.

All applications that intend to work with the Westport Community Schools or another cultural organization must include a letter of support from the participating partner. All applications must be submitted online. Check the local papers announcing information sessions for grantees who have questions about the grant process or wish to discuss grant ideas with the council.

FY22 Local Guidelines


Program Purpose
The purpose of the Westport Cultural Council is to promote and maintain the vitality of local cultural resources and to ensure that these resources are shared within the Westport community.
The Council is committed to funding a broad cross-section of activities that reflect Westport’s diversity.

We support a wide variety of art forms; the ongoing work of individual artists; environmental education projects; collaborative proposals that bring together artists and other types of organizations; as well as local cultural groups and community-wide projects that bring people together. Funds can be used for study, exhibition, performance, publication, pursuit and development of these cultural activities. Primary emphasis will be given to the recognition of, and provision for, the particular needs of Westport as noted in the priorities listed below.

Principal objectives are:
– To help identify and develop new cultural resources in Westport.
– To support existing cultural resources in the town and in the state.
– To involve as many citizens of Westport as possible in these cultural activities.

Review Criteria
Applications are evaluated in terms of several review criteria:
artistic or creative merit; project design; qualifications, dedication and track record of the individuals and organizations involved; physical accessibility of any facilities being used; and community benefit/involvement.
Proposals from schools and libraries must not request support for activities that should be or used to be part of the municipal budget (i.e., teacher salaries, classroom supplies, school-sponsored clubs and organizations, library books/videos, etc.).
Enrichment projects utilizing outside professionals are allowed.
Westport-based applicants are given preference over those from out of town.
The council will carefully scrutinize repeated requests; such proposals should show other sources of support to show the project is not dependent solely on council funding.

Applicants can be: a) arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations; 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, 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 residents for at least one year; organizations must be organized and operating in the state for at least one year. The distribution of funds shall not be based on criteria of race, gender, religion, creed, color, age or national origin.
Completed applications must be received online by Oct. 15 on the Massachuseets Cultural Council website.

Application deadline — Oct. 15
Notification of disapproved applications — Nov. 21
Final approval (from state review) — on or before January 15
Final reports & payment requests due — by January 15 (one year from final approval notification)
Application process
All applications must be completed online. The application should be as complete and detailed as possible. Provide all pertinent information on the application, including a detailed budget of anticipated income.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
South Coast Artists, Inc. South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour $750
Westport Music Boosters Association New Bedford Symphony Orchestra's Learning in Concert Program $900
Tri-County Music Association, Inc. Complimentary Senior Tickets $200
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. Fishboats: Art of the Commercial Fishing Industry $250
Westport Art Group, Inc. First Tuesday's at WAG, Visual Artist Demonstrations $400
Old Dartmouth Historical Society Whales Today and History on the Hill Programs $350
Round The Bend Farm Lucy's Legacy Pollinator Garden $650
Westport River Watershed Alliance, Inc. Annual Winter Art Show $500
The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, Inc. Discover Buzzards Bay: Westport $300
Your Theatre, Inc. 10th Annual New Bedford JazzFest $100
Zeiterion Theatre, Inc. 25th Annual New Bedford Folk Festival $400
Westport Historical Society, Inc. Mining Climate Clues from our Whaling Past $300
Midori Evans Meditations on Landscape $500
New Bedford Festival Theatre, Inc. New Bedford Festival Theatre Summer Academy 2022 Beauty and the Beast and Beyond! $500
SouthCoast Spring Arts SouthCoast Spring Arts $250
The Art Drive The Art Drive 2022 $750
Mass Audubon South East Region Nature in Your Neighborhood $900

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