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Billerica Cultural Council

What is the Billerica Cultural Council and its purpose?

We are a group of interested residents whose purpose is to support community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Billerica. We are appointed by the Board of Selectmen to dispense public funding allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. We are responsible for informing the public about the availability of public funding for cultural projects and for reviewing and approving applications. The budget of the MCC is determined annually by the state Legislature.

The state’s review criteria are:

1. Support for the arts, humanities, and/or interpretive sciences
2. Public benefit
3. No substitution
4. Non-discrimination

In addition to the above state criteria, Billerica Cultural Council’s review criteria are:

– Priority will be given to grant applications that benefit the residents of the Town of Billerica.

– Priority will be given to grant applications that have a definitive plan or timeline.

– The Billerica Cultural Council encourages collaboration with local partners or organizations.

– Funding will be prioritized for artist fees directly related to the project, salaries or wages directly related to the project, space rental, marketing or promotional expenses directly related to the project, project supplies and materials including performance or other production costs, project-related curriculum materials.

– The Billerica Cultural Council encourages diversity and variety in program offerings. We encourage multi-generational, multi-cultural, and/or multi-modal projects.

Grant forms and guideline information for the 2021 grant cycle can be found online at the Massachusetts Cultural Council website: Big Yellow School Bus program). Please view Field Trip Grant & scholarship, No Substitution and Non-discrimination information on the MCC website.

Proposals are evaluated by several considerations: benefit to the Billerica community (including projects that may benefit segments traditionally underserved by cultural activities); creativity and innovation, quality of the activity, evidence of planning, qualifications of the individual(s) who will lead the activity, track record of the sponsoring group and clarity of proposal.

Contact

Benjamin Perry
culturalcouncil@town.billerica.ma.us
978-671-0924
https://www.town.billerica.ma.us/894/Cultural-Council

Address
Town Hall
365 Boston Road
Billerica, MA 01821-1882

Application Information

FY23 Allocation

$24,600

FY23 Local Priorities

The state’s review criteria are:

1. Support for the arts, humanities, and/or interpretive sciences
2. Public benefit
3. No substitution
4. Non-discrimination

In addition to the above state criteria, Billerica Cultural Council’s review criteria are:

– Priority will be given to grant applications that benefit the residents of the Town of Billerica.

– Priority will be given to grant applications that have a definitive plan or timeline.

– The Billerica Cultural Council encourages collaboration with local partners or organizations.

– Funding will be prioritized for artist fees directly related to the project, salaries or wages directly related to the project, space rental, marketing or promotional expenses directly related to the project, project supplies and materials including performance or other production costs, project-related curriculum materials.

– The Billerica Cultural Council encourages diversity and variety in program offerings. We encourage multi-generational, multi-cultural, and/or multi-modal projects.

FY23 Local Guidelines

What is the Billerica (Art) Cultural Council and its purpose?

We are a group of interested residents whose purpose is to support community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Billerica. We are appointed by the Board of Selectmen to dispense public funding allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. We are responsible for informing the public about the availability of public funding for cultural projects and for reviewing and approving applications. The budget of the MCC is determined annually by the state Legislature.

Grant forms and guideline information for the 2021 grant cycle can be found online at the Massachusetts Cultural Council website: Big Yellow School Bus program). Please view Field Trip Grant & scholarship, No Substitution and Non-discrimination information on the MCC website.

Proposals are evaluated by several considerations: benefit to the Billerica community (including projects that may benefit segments traditionally underserved by cultural activities); creativity and innovation, quality of the activity, evidence of planning, qualifications of the individual(s) who will lead the activity, track record of the sponsoring group and clarity of proposal.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Billerica Adventure Series, Corp. History Comes Alive $3,700
Billerica Community Farmers Market, Inc. Community Appreciation $2,250
Billerica Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program $2,895
Billerica Public Library 2023 Children's Room Summer Reading Program $1,000
Billerica Public Library Mad Science of Southern Massachusetts Science Performances $1,200
Billerica Recreation Department Leisure Adventure Club $1,500
Billerica Recreation Department Billerica Recreation Outdoor Movie Nights $984
Billerica Recreation Department Billerica Recreation Summer Concert Series 2023 $1,875
Daniel, Don There Just A Minute Festival $500
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
Hajjar Elementary School Author Visit $1,500
Hart, Francis A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960s through the Music of The Beatles $375
Henderson, Steven I. An Accidental Wedding $425
Kirouac, Daniel Concert For COA - The Folk/Rock Revival $400
Marshall Middle School Musical Theater Locke/Marshall 22/23 $4,500
Newman, Howard Knock on Wood, acoustic folk-rock duo $500
Parnes, Janet A Politician with Principles: First Female Cabinet Secretary Frances Perkins $325
Rull, Thomas E. 'A Musical Journey Through the Years" December Holiday Show $400
The Delvena Theatre Company A Christmas Carol $635
The Vision for Innovation Academy, Inc. Celebrate Cambodian Heritage through Dance $1,000
York, Matt Johnny Cash - Songs and Stories $400

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on February 7, 2023 at 12:42 AM UTC
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