Amesbury Cultural Council
The Amesbury Cultural Council is a group of local volunteers, appointed by the Mayor, who help promote and facilitate cultural activities and the arts in Amesbury.
The Council oversees the distribution of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants; organizes the annual Amesbury Open Studio Tour; curates an Art@CityHall exhibit four times each year; supports the work of Amesbury’s Poet Laureate; and executes, supports, and promotes public art projects and cultural events throughout the City.
Margaret Leahy (Chair)
Amesbury City Hall
62 Friend Street
Amesbury, MA 01913-2825
FY23 Local Priorities
Applicants may apply to the ACC for funding for projects in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.
Arts: The creation, presentation, or preservation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and interdisciplinary arts.
Humanities: Learning that deals with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
Sciences: Learning that deals with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.
For our 2023 grant cycle, the Amesbury Cultural Council will prioritize applications that possess the following qualities:
-Partnerships between artists + local businesses or organizations
-Cross-generational projects or events
-Projects that contribute to downtown/neighborhood revitalization (i.e. public art, public space activation, placemaking, etc.)
-Live performances with a wide, general-interest audience
Applicants must be able to articulate how their project will directly benefit the Amesbury community.
Preference will be given to Amesbury residents and organizations, though consideration will extend to neighboring towns and cities including Newburyport, Salisbury, Newbury, Byfield, Rowley, West Newbury, Merrimac, and Haverhill.
FY23 Local Guidelines
Applicants must submit their online application by October 17th, 2022, 11:59pm. Late applications cannot be accepted.
ACC grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis only.
Applicants must be residents of Massachusetts.
Applicants may apply for grants for programs that will take place during an 18-month window of eligibility: between July 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023.
Applicants may apply for projects that happen prior to their Local Cultural Councils’ grant announcements, with the knowledge that funding is not guaranteed.
If applicants are partnering with an organization/location host for their project, they must include a letter of support from that partner (i.e., if the intended location is the library or Council on Aging).
Applicants seeking funding for events must provide exact dates, along with confirmation/approval from the location host (if applicable).
Applicants can be:
Public & nonprofit schools
Unincorporated associations that can establish a nonprofit objective / a group of individuals coming together with a common purpose (e.g., local community band, theater group, etc.)
Other municipal agencies
Religious organizations for funding of cultural programming that is available to the general public (LCCs can only approve applications that are primarily cultural in their intent and do not have the effect of advancing religion.)
The ACC itself
Acceptable uses for funding:
One-off projects or events
Ticket subsidy programs
Applicants may not use ACC grant funds for:
Scholarships (An organization may apply to sponsor a scholarship provided it shows evidence of an open and fair review and award process.)
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
FY23 Funding List
|Amesbury Carriage Museum, Inc.||Family Day in the Millyard||$500||Amesbury Carriage Museum, Inc.||Cultural Programming at the Industrial History Center||$580||Amesbury Carriage Museum, Inc.||Aperture on Amesbury - Lower Millyard||$600||Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation, Inc.||Downtown Rivitalization||$800||Amesbury Community Theatre, Inc.||Microphone & Sound Improvements for ACT!||$1,500||Amesbury Public Library||Public Wall Art by Teens||$650||Amesbury Public Library||Celebrate Pollinators||$800||C-10 Research & Education Foundation, Inc.||C-10 Art Show & Silent Auction Fall Fundraiser 2022||$500||City of Amesbury||Yo-Yo Play with Kid's Day||$600||Code & Circuit, Inc.||Resin & 3D Printing With A Purpose: SweetPaws Partnership||$500||Friends of the Amesbury Council on Aging, Inc.||Live Well Amesbury - a Feel Good Festival||$1,000||Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness||Newburyport Lantern Festival 2023||$500||Houle, Jenn||'Sun eaters, pollen seekers' Public Art Pollinator Project||$708||Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary||Nature in your neighborhood - All about birds||$300||Main Street Congregational Church of Amesbury||Cold Spring Harbor Concert||$500||Maudslay Arts Center, Inc.||Don Campbell Band Salutes Veterans||$620||Murphy, R.D.||THE FIRE ESCAPE PLAYS written and produced by R. D. Murphy||$850||Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Inc.||Newburyport Chamber Music Summer Festival||$500||Open Air Sculpture Group||Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay 2023||$400||Town of Salisbury||Salisbury Days Music||$500|