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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

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


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
Operating support
Ticket subsidy programs
Artist residencies
Field trips

Funding restrictions:
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

Reimbursement Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
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

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