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.
Teresa K. Foley, Chair
Kelsey Keefe, Outreach & Social Media
Justin B. McCauley, Treasurer
Christina B. Montana, Member
Stephen D. Rogan, Member
64 Central Square
Bridgewater, MA 02324-2543
FY22 Local Priorities
UPDATE IN RESPONSE TO COVID 19: For fiscal year 2021, We are able to fund operational costs as well as COVID Relief to organizations and individuals, such as safety equipment, lost revenue, etc. Grants are allowed for virtual programs as well.
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.
FY22 Local Guidelines
BRIDGEWATER CULTURAL COUNCIL
ADDITIONAL APPLICATION GUIDELINES
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY. Failure to comply with procedures and guidelines may disqualify your application from consideration.
Grant applications must be submitted by postal mail by October 15, 2015. PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR APPLICATION AT ANY OTHER TOWN OFFICE YOUR GRANT APPLICATION MUST BE MAILED AND POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 15, 2015. You may download the forms from this web site or pick up a form at the Bridgewater Public Library. If you need assistance obtaining an application please email or call immediately.
The ORIGINAL AND 6 COPIES of the complete application must be mailed to:
Bridgewater Cultural Council
P.O. Box 832
Bridgewater, MA 02324
on or before October 15. Only one copy of supporting and promotional materials is necessary.
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 reimbursement program. The BCC is not required to reimburse 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.
Copies of publicity for the event/project should be included with the reimbursement payment form.
Reminder: 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: www.massculturalcouncil.org. 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
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines