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Bedford Cultural Council

The Bedford Cultural Council supports public projects through the regranting of the annual allocation of funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). These projects shall promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Bedford.

Contact

Julie McCay Turner
bedfordmaculturalcouncil@gmail.com
781-275-1111
https://bedfordma.gov/597/Cultural-Council

Address
Bedford Town Hall
10 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730-2193

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Application Information

FY25 Allocation

TBD

FY25 Local Priorities

Preference is given to 

  1. Bedford community members
    1. Nonprofit organizations 
    2. Projects involving local artists
  2. Projects which encourage community-wide participation in the arts, cultural events, graphic arts, fine arts, music, dance, theater, writing, nature, science and environmental education 
  3. Projects which encourage participation by audiences of all ages including multi-generational cultural programs
  4. Projects highlighting Bedford’s history and institutions
  5. Projects celebrating cultural diversity and inclusivity
  6. First time funding of projects

FY25 Local Guidelines

  1. Non-resident individuals or organizations
    1.  If your program occurs in Bedford, you must have a predetermined local sponsor and a letter from the sponsor, including the sponsor’s Bedford address, with your application. The letter should specify the type and level of support that the sponsor will provide. The application must identify the venue as either in-person or virtual. Virtual programs must be managed by the sponsor.
    2. If your program does NOT occur in Bedford, you must have a supporting letter from a resident, including their Bedford address, that explains how your program will benefit Bedford residents.
  2. Projects done on town property must have all town related approvals and town department commitments before application submission (i.e., from all relevant permitting authorities and stakeholders).
  3. Applications must be completed online, including a complete budget and specific project date(s)/timeframes. 
  4. Publicity must contain the following acknowledgement: “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”  For additional information, refer to  Event Publicity Guidelines.
  5. The Bedford Cultural Council cannot guarantee full funding of any requested amount. Your event must be able to proceed with only partial funding of the requested amount from the Bedford Cultural Council. Other Massachusetts Cultural Grant Program Opportunities are described at: https://www.massculturalcouncil.org/programs/programs.asp.
  6. Approved grantees must advertise event(s) in local Bedford media.
  7. Grants are made on a reimbursement basis only. Once your program has been completed, please send your completed reimbursement form and documentation (invoices, receipts, or paid bills), including costs associated with virtual programming if applicable, evidence that the event took place (programs, photos, etc.), and was credited as required (copies of marketing, in newspapers, etc.) to: Bedford Cultural Council, Bedford Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730. You may also email your reimbursement materials to BedfordMACulturalCouncil@gmail.com. Preapproval from the BCC is required for partial reimbursement for projects that happen in more than one phase. Refer to Reimbursement Guidelines for additional information.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bates III, Davis R. A Celtic Celebration: A Performance for Seniors $250
Bedford Arts and Crafts Society Series of Artist and Crafter Workshops and Demos $500
Bedford Arts and Crafts Society Crafts Program $300
Bedford Center for the Arts, Inc. BCA Photo Group 2023-2024 Program Series $350
Bedford Community Access Television, Inc. Bedford TV Studio Audio $320
Bedford Community Access Television, Inc. Bedford TV Remote Audio $424
Bedford Destination Imagination Destination Imagination Bedford Instant Challenge Medley $500
Bedford Embraces Diversity Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Breakfast and 50th Anniversary METCO Celebration $600
Bedford Free Public Library Play Kitchen for Library Play Space $650
Bedford Garden Club Guide of Local Native and Invasive Plants $400
Bedford High School Tenacity Challenge Competition $900
Bedford High School Performing Arts Department Floor monitor speakers for JGMS auditorium $450
Bedford High School Performing Arts Department Persian March for Grades 4-12 $400
Bedford Historical Society, Inc. Town Wide Newsletter $450
Bedford Historical Society, Inc. Lecture $300
Bedford Historical Society, Inc. Bedford at Work $500
Bedford Rotary Foundation, Inc. Plant Labels for the Rotary Native Pollination Preservation Garden $200
Berman, Jenn SEPAC Caregiver Night Out $250
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $250
First Church of Christ Congregational UCC West Virginia Music Festival $400
Friends of the Job Lane House, Inc. Job Lane Farm Museum Student Museum Docents $480
Friends of the Job Lane House, Inc. Job Lane Farm Museum Family Field Day $500
Girl Scout Troop 72147 Children's Shop at the Holiday Artisan Fair $160
McMullen, Cynthia Upcycled Home Decor Workshop $250
Mitchell, John BHS Spotlight Dollies $300
Newman, Howard Music for Seniors $250
Parents Diversity Council, Inc. Indigenous Peoples Day Turtle Island Art Project $500
Parents Diversity Council, Inc. Third Annual Bedford Pride Day $500
Polatin, David “Pioneering Women of Early Rock and Roll” $250
Scoville, Sarah Bedford Utility Box Project $1,200
St. Paul Weekday Nursery School, Inc. Chip In Farm $250
The Bedford Citizen, Inc. Cultural Reporting in The Bedford Citizen $1,000
The Concord Chorus, Inc. Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Concerts $250
The Concord Orchestra, Inc. Love Lingers $250
The Delvena Theatre Company Mangia, Meatballs and Murder $400
Tincknell, Roger L. Old Time Sing-along $250
Ukrainian Cultural Initiative Affirmation of life. Art from Modern Ukraine $450
Vaibhava Dance School Bharatanatyam: Enduring Traditions $250
Wittman, Leslie Bedford Food Bank Booklet on No-Waste Cooking $400


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