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Auburn Cultural Council

The Auburn Cultural Council is a group of dedicated volunteers with a desire to enrich the lives of Auburn residents through the Arts, Humanities, and Interpretive Sciences. The Council supports a wide variety of art forms, including the ongoing work of individual artists and the collaborative proposals that bring artists and organizations together.

The residents of Auburn participated in a survey conducted by the Council in 2020. The survey showed a strong interest by residents towards community gatherings (festivals, concerts, plays) in accordance with COVID guidelines, environmental and educational projects, and cultural diversity.

The Auburn Cultural Council is happy to announce that we are accepting grant applications online for the 2021 fiscal year through our portal on the Massachusetts Cultural Council website. Please read the State and the Auburn Cultural Council Guidelines and Priorities before applying. All applications meeting the Council’s criteria (see list below) will be considered.


Amie Tailor
(508) 832-7701

Auburn Town Hall
104 Central Street
Auburn, MA 01501-2310

FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

The Auburn Cultural Council gives priority to grants submitted by Auburn residents, organizations, agencies, and schools that will benefit diverse groups of Auburn citizens through cultural, scientific and/or historical performances or education.

In addition to the state criteria, applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:
1. Grant funds must be used for arts, humanities or interpretive sciences.
2. Applicant has secured a venue and must have documentation from that venue.
3. Applicant has shown source of supplemental funding in the case of partial funding.
4. Applicant should demonstrate thorough planning of the project including but not limited to logistics and finance.
5. Grants are reimbursement based.
6. Grant funds must follow current COVID guidelines.

Please make sure to review the Program Guidelines under the tab “LCC Program Guidelines”.

FY22 Local Guidelines

We support a broad variety of art forms, the ongoing work of individual artists, environmental education projects, collaborative proposals that bring together artists and other types of organizations, local cultural groups and projects that serve specific populations, such as youth, senior citizens, low income and disabled.
Who qualifies for funding?
Massachusetts-based individuals, artists, nonprofit community groups, cultural institutions and schools with cultural projects that have public benefit may apply. Auburn-based applicants are given preference.

Application Procedure: All applicants must submit two typed, signed copies of their proposal on an official application form. Forms will be available at the Auburn Public Library, at Town Hall and on the web at .

Unless otherwise specified on the official application form, the deadline is October 15th of each calendar year and a postmark with this date is acceptable. All applications should be typed and signed by the applicant and mailed or delivered to the Auburn Cultural Council c/o Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 104 Central St., Auburn, MA 01501. Address any questions to Diane Spanos or email at

Applications are evaluated in terms of several criteria: artistic or creative merit; project design; qualifications, dedication, and past records of the individuals and organizations involved; physical accessibility & accommodating size of any facilities being used; and community benefit. It is mandatory that applicants have secured a venue for their presentation and provide a signed statement from the org./ facility validating site support. Successful applicants are required to inform the council of the date, time and location of the presentation of their project so members have the option of attending. The council will not fund activities that should be or have been part of municipal budgets (I.e., teacher salaries, classroom supplies, school sponsored clubs and organizations, library books/videos, etc.) Enrichment projects utilizing outside professionals are allowed. We do not fund transportation

ACC funds the purchase of tickets for cultural field trips for children pre-K through 12. They may be from public, private, and parochial schools as well as those in any community youth groups. Activities, which include cultural, educational exhibits and museum visits, must take place outside of the school setting. The Auburn Cultural Council does not fund transportation.
Field Trip Applications are now available. PASS grant applications are no longer used (effective 9/1/11).

Approximately two months after the October deadline, the Auburn Cultural Council will inform all applicants concerning the status of their application. The local council submits its funding decisions to the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Applicants should not publicize or implement any project until official approval has been received. Projects must be initiated during the grant period and completed within one year of funding.

What are the Publicity Requirements of the Cultural Council?
In all published materials and announcements regarding the activities supported by Auburn Cultural Council funds, the sponsoring group or individuals must acknowledge this support with a written and/or verbal credit statement. The credit statement is: “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Auburn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural council, a state agency.”
The MCC logo may also be used and is available at the MCC’s web site “” .

Public funding for cultural programs must be appropriated by the Mass State Legislature each year. Therefore, reminding your community about the source of this funding is critical in maintaining support by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the State Legislature.


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