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Chelsea Cultural Council

The Chelsea Cultural Council is a volunteer board supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Council members encourage culture and diversity in the City of Chelsea by funding projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences that provide a local benefit.


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Chelsea, MA 02150-2900

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities


1. The Chelsea Cultural Council accepts online and postmarked applications. The 2022 grant application deadline is Friday, October 15, 2021. Hand-delivered, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

2. Projects must be implemented in the calendar year following the December application deadline (ie: proposed projects submitted in December 2021 must be implemented between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

3. Projects must be related to the arts, humanities, and sciences and be based in Chelsea. The arts, humanities, and sciences, includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense.

4. Grant awards must be used to support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole, rather than benefiting any private individual or group. Whenever possible, projects should be available to the general public by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading or other means.

*5. Applicants interested in partnering with schools or organizations for events and/or intend to host an event at a venue not under their direct control must obtain a letter from the venue’s management stating that venue management agrees to allow the applicant to use the space for the event on the date(s) intended. The letter must be on official letterhead, include a current date with signature and be submitted with the application.

*6. Applicants planning events involving independent contractors (including, but not limited to: artists, performers, and vendors) are strongly advised to obtain letters of participation from the independent contractors and submit them with the grant application. These letters should be on official letterhead and include a current date with signature. Applications involving independent contractors without letters of engagement may be less competitive.

7. Applicants interested in creating public works of art must obtain a letter of support from the City of Chelsea’s Department of Public Works and the Department of Planning and Development and submit the letter with the grant application. The letter must be on official letterhead and include a current date with signature.

8. Grant Recipients will not receive funding for more than two (2) years without any change in project scope (i.e. target audience, participants, content, etc.)

9. Award funds can not be used to purchase food or drink. All items purchased for the project must be disclosed on the application.

10. A FY20/21 grantee who is postponing their project until FY22 can apply for a new project in FY22.

11. A FY 20/21 grantee who is postponing their project for FY21 cannot apply for additional funds towards that same project.

*Applicants are encouraged ti apply for costs associated with moving to virtual programming, if necessary.

Note: The Chelsea Cultural Council encourages applicants to apply for funds from other sources because local council funding is not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for projects of a continuing nature.

Additional information and requirements can be found at the the Chelsea Cultural Council website.

FY22 Local Guidelines

Please go to our website for the Chelsea Cultural Council guidelines:

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Libby Schap Peggy & the Mad Scenes $750
Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. Part 2-Chelsea Immigrant Puppetry for Hispanic Heritage Month at the Chelsea Public Library $2,000
Chelsea Public Library Read Beyond $1,865
Shore Educational Collaborative Museum of Science Field Trip $1,000
Friends of the Chelsea Council on Aging Caring through Quilting $3,000
GreenRoots, Inc. PHOTOVOZ/PHOTOVOICE - interactive art exhibits about urban heat by and for Chelsea residents $3,000
Jenna Feldman Expressive Arts Studio Chelsea $3,500
Theatrezone, Inc. Apollinaire in the Park 2022 $3,000
Susana Ismatul Oliva Chelsea Salsa In The Park $2,500
Comite De Hondurenos Unidos de Massachusetts Banda Internacional de Chelsea $3,000
Lewis Latimer Society + Museum, Inc. The George Latimer Case: A Benchmark in the Struggle for Freedom $1,250
Carmen Hernandez Grupo Torogoz $1,800
Alison Sheppard Omnium Circus $2,000
Demetrius Fuller Meet the HOMies! Instructional videos for K-12 $2,500
Giuseppe Recupero Chelsea Poetry Walk 2022 $4,000
Matthew Frank From Chelsea With Love $1,500

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