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Dennis Arts and Culture Council

The Dennis Arts and Culture Council is designed to support Dennis arts — visual, interpretive, and performing. The Council approves efforts that directly benefit Dennis residents, full-time and part-time, and Dennis artists with funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Priorities are developed with community input.


685 Route 134
South Dennis, MA 02660-3056

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FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

Local Councils are authorized to develop additional criteria and may give different weight to their criteria in order to reflect local concerns and community cultural needs.

• SPECIAL STATEMENT FOR 2022-2023: In anticipation of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing impact on cultural events, we remind applicants that any proposed activity must adhere to all current Federal, State and Local guidelines regarding gatherings in indoor and outdoor spaces, social distancing and safety protocols. We encourage applicants to consider remote or virtual modes of programming in addition to, or as an alternative to, in-person activities.
• In addition to the state guidelines and criteria found on the MCCC website (, DACC prioritizes applications in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences that focus on: community-wide gatherings, such as festivals, concerts, plays, films, lectures, workshops, and other performances; nature, science, farming, environmental, and interpretive sciences projects; arts education in the schools; arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences enrichment for all; restoration and preservation projects; projects that celebrate local history and promote cultural diversity; projects that attract underserved groups or a broad spectrum of the population or support diverse forms of cultural activities.
• Project must benefit people in the town of Dennis – i.e., audiences, artists, students, residents, and visitors.
• Preference is given to local/regional applicants and activities that demonstrate a clear cultural benefit to the Dennis community.
• Applicants must state how the proposed project will benefit the Dennis community.
• If the project is a regional event that includes additional towns or has been submitted to additional local cultural councils, applicants must describe specifically how the project will attract and benefit the Dennis participants.
• Grant applications must be completed and submitted online.
• Awards generally are not less than $150 or more than $1,000.
• Awards may be for full or partial funding of a project.
• For repeat applicants, preference is given to new and different projects because our goal is to support a wide range of innovative activities.
• Repeat applicants should be aware that priority may be given to new applicants.
• Project must be clearly defined and detailed:
– Applicants must secure a venue, date, and audience before submitting an application.
– Applicants also must describe how the proposed project will benefit Dennis and its residents.
• All applications must submit a letter of support from the venue, including confirmed date(s), if event will be done either in-person or remotely.
• Field trips are considered for funding, but DACC does not fund transportation costs.
• Priority is given to projects that are free to the public, discounted, or low cost/affordable.

We request that in accepting any grant monies, the recipient will acknowledge the Council with a statement on any advertising, press releases, flyers, programs, etc: “This event has received funding from the Dennis Arts and Culture Council”.

FY23 Local Guidelines

Dennis Funding Guidelines:

1. Preference is given to Dennis residents.
2. Programs should serve a broad audience.
3. Support for emerging artists.
4. Applicants should provide more substantial evidence of their program, such as a recording or video.
5. Preference for local artists (Cape-wide as opposed to off-Cape).
6. Preference for projects that are free, discounted, or lot cost/affordable.
7. Program needs to demonstrate a public benefit component (i.e., how will your program engage and benefit the residents?).

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Inc. Summer Chamber Music Concert in Dennis $200
Cape Cod Museum Trail, Inc. Cape Cod ArtWeek $150
Dennis Public Library Fairy House $250
Eventide Arts, Inc. Brief Encounters- A New Play Experience $500
Eventide Arts, Inc. ETC Playwriting Lab $250
Fazio, Rhonda M Dyeing to Wear It $300
First Parish Brewster (Unitarian Universalist) Falling Off Our Feet: A History of the Impact of Colonization on Wampanoags–the People, the Land and their World $200
Friends of Bass River, Inc. Friends of Bass River: Annual State of the River Symposium $150
Glig, Ana MusArt Interconnections $150
Harwich Junior Theatre, Inc. The Jungle Book $600
Maichack, Gregory Pastel Painting Seascapes inspired by Winslow Homer $215
Perry, Richard Relief/sculpture class and workshop $200
Pirates and Patriots of Cape Cod, Inc. Cape Cod Pirate Festival $250
Stepanek, Julie Learn How To Play the Ukulele $250
Stockwell, Bernadette Dennis: Do Your ART! $150
The Arts & Justice Collective Community House Parties $250
The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Inc. Art and Alheimers $500
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Inc. Rise and Shine Program $650
Wilson, Mary Puppets, Paul & Mary Show $200

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on June 7, 2023 at 12:46 AM UTC
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