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Bridgewater Cultural Council

The mission of the Bridgewater Cultural Council (BCC) is to promote excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Bridgewater residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our community. The Bridgewater Cultural Council decides by a majority vote of the BCC Members to determine the distribution of arts lottery funds or other funds that may be available to it and may also conduct other activities to support these efforts on an ongoing basis.

66 Central Square
Bridgewater, MA 02324-2529

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

We now offer direct funding of grants rather than reimbursement. Priority consideration in selecting grants to be funded are:

First: Individuals or groups of individuals that reside in the Town of Bridgewater that request support from the Local Cultural Council for projects to be held at a location in the Town of Bridgewater.

Second: Events that are to be held in the Town of Bridgewater.

Third: Other events held in local, surrounding communities or communities where residents of Bridgewater would likely attend or participate in with no additional cost or expense to attend (free events).

Fourth: Other events held in local, surrounding communities or communities where residents of Bridgewater would likely attend or participate in, that might have an additional or nominal fee, cost, or expense required to attend.

Finally, other events that demonstrate they are of interest to Bridgewater residents.

FY23 Local Guidelines


Additional Guidelines:
Grant applications must be submitted online by October 17, 2022.

The grant application must show local community benefit to the Town of Bridgewater and include evidence of the applicant’s ability to complete the project (i.e., letter of support of the event/project, resume of the artist, event already scheduled and/or venue booked or steps taken to schedule and book the event).

Priority will be given to funding new applicants and/or new projects, events and performances in the Town of Bridgewater. It is the intention of the BCC to touch as large a percentage of the population as possible with each event/project. Therefore, events/projects that benefit a significant number of residents will be considered before those that benefit a few. Additionally, priority is given to individuals whose performances take place in the Town of Bridgewater.

This is a direct grant program. The BCC is not required to fund any organization or individual or group who does not: meet the criteria set forth on the application; provide documentation of expenses; give proper credit for grant monies received from the BCC and the MCC (see Reminder below).
Funding to applicants may be reduced or eliminated after an applicant has received funding from the BCC for three consecutive years. Applicants are encouraged to seek other or additional sources of funding. Council funds are not generally intended to be the sole funding source for projects of a continuing nature. However, consideration will be given to existing programs that have developed new fundraising opportunities and/or programs.

The grantee must acknowledge the support of the Cultural Council with a written and/or verbal statement or by using the MCC logo. The credit statement is: “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.” The logo is available at the MCC’s web site:> You can also request the logo from the MCC on a camera-ready slick sheet from the Program Associate for Communities (800-232-0960 x348) if you are unable to access the logo on-line. This credit is required by the MCC and failure to comply may jeopardize funding.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bates III, Davis R. Sea Songs and Stories: A Performance for Seniors $500
Bridgewater Antiphonal Brass Society, Inc. July 4th Concert on the Common $600
Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights, Inc. 3rd Annual Bridgewater Juneteenth Celebration $5,000
Bridgewater One Book, One Community One Book One Community: “You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey” $1,750
Bridgewater Public Library Storytelling with Big Ryan $2,400
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Pressing Matters $1,000
Campbell, Kerry Music enrichment for B-R's preschoolers $1,500
Condon, William The Bridgewater Chess Club $2,000
Friends of Music Alley 8th Annual Music Alley Summer Series $5,000
Hart, Francis The “Me” Decade – A Cultural Review of the 1970s Through Music $350
Krushas, Jason Sound engineer and equipment for live performances $2,000
Newman, Howard Knock on Wood, acoustic folk-rock duo $550
Old Colony Historical Society Passport to History 2023 $200
Raynwater Players Anything Goes (2022 Revision) $1,250
Rull, Thomas E. "A Musical Journey Through the Years" $200
Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. Outcomes $500
Talking Information Center, Inc. TIC Live Radio Theater $500
Tokou, Chefiatou Traditional and Urban Western and Central African Dance Workshop $1,000

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on March 20, 2023 at 12:39 PM UTC
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