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Winchendon Cultural Council

Yearly, the Winchendon Cultural Council meets in the fall to review and award grants to programs town-wide. We encourage the larger community to attend these wonderful local programs, all of which are free or low-cost.


Jill Nicholson Sackett

Town Hall
109 Front Street
Winchendon, MA 01475-1758

Application Information

FY25 Allocation


FY25 Local Priorities

The Winchendon Cultural Council gathers input from the community and develops funding priorities based on this feedback. This year the Winchendon Cultural Council will give priority to:
• Applicants that have secured a venue in Winchendon
• Projects that serve youth or the elderly
• Projects that align with Winchendon’s Master Plan:
• Applications from LGBTQ+ organizations and organizations that center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals and communities

In addition to the state criteria applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:
• How well the program meets our local priorities
• Community support and involvement
• Evidence of track record and dedication of the applicant
• Ability to address the diverse cultural needs of a community’s underserved populations or support diverse forms of cultural activities
• Demonstrated planning

FY25 Local Guidelines

Priority is given to live events that occur within Winchendon. We generally do not fund capital expenditure requests. We encourage applicants to review our town Master Plan (link above, page 18) that encourages 1) use of our historic buildings and churches, and 2) events that focus on innovation and creativity.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. Adventures in the Outer Solar System: Exploration of Asteroids as the Building Blocks of Planets! $250
Beals Memorial Library Animal Adventures $450
Beals Memorial Library Falconry 101 - Hawks in Flight $350
Beals Memorial Library Movies on the Library Lawn $300
Beals Memorial Library Professor Bugman’s Insect Safari $200
Beals Memorial Library The Fifth Annual Beals Prize for Poetry $300
Beals Memorial Library Pumpernickel Puppets $150
Beals Memorial Library Musical Petting Zoo $300
Beals Memorial Library Beals Prize for Young Writers $300
Beals Memorial Library Teen GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance): Teen-Friendly Drag Brunch $300
Fahey, Rajuli Theater Program for Wyndonshire Renaissance Faire Youth Engagement $1,000
Jennings, Miranda Taste of Winchendon $2,000
Kirouac, Daniel Concert for Council on Aging $150
Society of the Church of the Unity Santa's Workshop $500
Winchendon Community Action Committee, Inc. Youth Nights Out at the Hub $1,379
Winchendon Music Festival, Inc. WMF 2024 $800
Winchendon Recreation Commission Winchendon Wydonshire Renaissance Faire $2,000
Winchendon Recreation Commission Children's Concert $1,000
Winchendon Recreation Commission GAR Concert Series $150
Winchendon Recreation Commission 2024 Battle of the Bands $300
Winchendon Recreation Commission Free FUN Days $150
Winchendon Winds, Inc. Winchendon Winds 2024 Concert Series $1,800

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