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Berlin Cultural Council

The purpose of the Berlin Cultural Council is to provide and maintain the vitality of local cultural resources and to insure these resources are shared within the Berlin community. The Council is committed to funding a diverse cross-section of activities. 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 – youth, elders, low-income, disabled.

Contact


culturalcouncil@townofberlin.com
978-838-0150

Address
Berlin Town Offices
23 Linden Street
Berlin, MA 01503-1669

Application Information

FY24 Allocation

$5,500

FY24 Local Priorities

Get more information about council priorities from our local guidelines document.
The purpose of the Berlin Cultural Council is to provide and maintain the vitality of local cultural resources in the Berlin community.

The council is committed to funding a broad variety of programs that bring the arts, culture and education to all of those in our community.

Applicants that plan on holding a program in Berlin must already have a sponsor, venue, and performance date secured in order to be considered for a grant.

Applications must be completed using the MCC online application by October 17, 2023. No mailed in paper applications will be considered.

All supporting documents may be uploaded as a PDF, these include: resumes, brochures, letters of reference/support, samples of work, etc.

Due to limited funds and a high demand for our support, the Berlin Cultural Council may award smaller amounts than those requested and recommends that applicants find matching funds.

Owing to the nature of the population we serve, preference may given to projects that occur in-person over those delivered remotely. Furthermore, projects in Berlin itself and communities close by will prioritized over those at a greater distance.

All published material and announcements regarding programs supported by the Berlin Cultural Council must include the credit statement “This program was supported in part by a grant from the Berlin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.” and the MCC logo found on the MCC website.

Please contact the Berlin Cultural Council with any questions via e-mail: culturalcouncil@townofberlin.com

FY24 Local Guidelines

I. Program Purpose and Review Criteria

The purpose of the Berlin Cultural Council is to provide and maintain the vitality of local cultural resources and to insure these resources are shared within the Berlin community. The Council is committed to funding a diverse cross-section of activities. 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 — youth, elders, low-income, disabled.

BCC Local Guidelines and Instructions

III. Application Process

Applications must be completed using the MCC online application by October 17, 2023. No mailed in paper applications will be considered.

All supporting documents may be uploaded as a PDF, these include: resumes, brochures, letters of reference/support, samples of work, etc.

IV. Funding

Payments are made on a reimbursement basis only. Reimbursements generally take 4 to 6 weeks. Applicants are sent a reimbursement form to use for their payment request. Projects and payment requests need to be completed within a year of the final award notification. With permission of the Berlin Cultural Council, progress or interim payments may be requested for the portion of the project that has been carried out. Final reimbursement will not be made until the project is completed. It is requested that the Berlin Cultural Council is notified two weeks prior to the commencement of funded projects.

Due to the limited funds available and the high demand for support, the Berlin Cultural Council often awards smaller amounts than requested and asks that applicant’s find matching funds or scale back their projects. Awards typically range from $150 to $1,000. A few larger awards are given from time to time. In cases where a project is partially funded the Council may request an explanation of how the project will be modified. Requests for extensions beyond the grant period will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted in writing no later than one year from the date of the approval letter. The Council will review and vote on the request and notify applicants in writing of its decision.

V. Acknowledgment

In all published materials and announcements regarding the activities supported by Berlin Cultural Council funds, the sponsoring group or individual must acknowledge this support with a written and/or verbal credit statement or by using the Massachusetts Cultural Council logo. The credit statement is “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Berlin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.” The logo is available online at www.massculturalcouncil.org/contract

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bates III, Davis R. Generations of Fun: An Inter-Generational Performance $450
Beck, Heather M. Copper Bookmark Workshop $445
Berlin Senior Citizens Association Painting With Pati part 2 $500
Berlin Senior Citizens Association Senior Watch Party $350
Berlin Senior Citizens Association Meet the Honky Tonk Piano Man $250
Charles, Meredith Adult Improv Workshops $500
Cranford, Gina Reiki infused Sound Bath $400
Dworkin, Motoko Japanese Folktales & Origami for Families $450
Edgecomb, Diane “Let's Go Eco Show!” for Berlin Library Summer Reading $450
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 88th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $200
LINK Incorporated Stories from the Neighbors $680
Nashoba Symphonic Band Nashoba Symphonic Band $200
Newman, Howard Musical Baseball Show $375
Old Methodist Episcopal Church of Berlin, Inc. Outdoor Summer Concert Series $750
Sprague, Lindsay Angora Wool Fiber Spinning and Wild Food Foraging Programs at Berlin Public Library $350
Town of Berlin Pop-Up Art School: Acrylic Paint Night $375
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Harmonious Healing: Empowering Resilience through Music Therapy $300
the Wizard, Ed Wildlife Balloon Twisting Workshop $375


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