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Ashburnham Cultural Council

The Ashburnham Cultural Council (ACC) is a volunteer committee of Ashburnham residents educated and experienced in the Arts. Every Massachusetts town has a Local Cultural Council (LCC) whose key responsibility is to promote the ARTS, HUMANITIES, and INTERPRETIVE SCIENCES through grant money provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). This funding makes it possible for towns to offer a variety of public programs, activities, and events. ACC members work hard to research, evaluate, and support projects that offer Ashburnham and the surrounding communities diverse cultural and educational experiences. LCC grants help improve the quality of life for all residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

Interested in getting involved or becoming an ACC member?
to visit the Ashburnham Cultural Council’s town web page.


Rebecca Cinclair

Ashburnham Town Hall
32 Main Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430-1630

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

1. The applicant is an Ashburnham or neighboring resident, organization, or school.
2. The public’s ability to access and/or attend the applicant’s event during Covid-19.
3. The applicant provides a confirmed event date, audience, and venue.
*Ashburnham Cultural Council encourages applicants to include with their application a confirmation of the venue and date in the form of a commitment letter or approved reservation form from the venue host. However, the ACC is mindful that Covid-19 may make it difficult for applicants to secure a date and venue at this time.

FY23 Local Guidelines

1. Benefit to Ashburnham and local communities
2. Collaboration between and among artists and local institutions, groups, and organizations
3. Diversity of performer/presenter age groups, cultural backgrounds, and artistic disciplines
4. Size and age-range of intended audience
5. Relevance to current events
6. Artistic excellence (as reflected in resumes, letters, press, videos, and other qualifying materials)
7. Originality
8. Applicant’s ability to carry out the project as proposed
9. Amount of money requested and/or granted from other towns clearly stated on the application

Council funds are not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for artists or organizations with ongoing projects (e.g. annual concerts, annual art exhibits, etc.).
If the grant application is for an event that services people from Ashburnham and other communities, we encourage applicants to solicit funds from the participating communities’ Cultural Councils as well.
The Ashburnham Cultural Council must be acknowledged as a sponsor on all program/event promotional material.
Costs for refreshments and transportation will not be funded.
ALL APPLICATION QUESTIONS MUST BE ANSWERED COMPLETELY! Incomplete applications will not be considered.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. Astronomy Workshop: Using a Telescope or Binoculars To Find Objects in the Night Sky! $250
Bates III, Davis R. Raising Our Voices: Summer Reading Performance $350
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 87th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $250
Gardner Area League of Artists, Inc. GALA Annual Arts & Music Festival $200
LaBollita, Ann-Marie Printing with Plants and Stencils $350
New Dawn Arts Center, Inc. New Dawn Writers Group Workshops: Open Mic and Printed Work Exhibition $1,300
New Dawn Arts Center, Inc. Music and Movement Mornings $1,500
Overlook Middle School Brazilian Beats $1,080
Swantee, Kathryn Scenes from the Heart of New England $200
Town of Ashburnham Celebrate Ashburnham Street Festival $2,480
Winchendon Winds, Inc. Winchendon Winds 2023 Concert Series $200

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on June 7, 2023 at 12:46 AM UTC
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