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Fitchburg Cultural Council

The Fitchburg Cultural Council is committed to supporting diverse and inspiring programs for its residents. These programs: arts, science and humanities provide cultural enrichment in the everyday lives of our community. We serve as a conduit for conveying artistic and culturally based activities through community programs and grant solicitation. The selection of recipients and awarding of funds for grant recipients is primarily made possible from resources from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as fundraising endeavors and other charitable donations

¡LLAME PARA NUEVOS MIEMBRO Buscando: Artistas • Estudiantes • Contadores • Multilingües ¡Y cualquier persona interesada en involucrarse con las artes y la cultura en nuestra comunidad! Asista a nuestras reuniones mensuales que están abiertas al público. Envíenos un correo electrónico hoy a para obtener más información.

Check our our Community Calendar on our city hall webpage for important dates and events, meeting info, fcc funded and community events.

>The FCC meets on the 3rd Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Legislative Building at The Fitchburg City Hall. Meetings air on FB Live and replayed on FATV.

Check out our new show, FCC TV on Fitchburg Access Television or online.

Grant training Sessions:

Wednesday, 9/15 & Thursday, 9/23 , 5:30-6:30 PM, at Fitchburg State University, Hammond Hall, G11.

Attendees will be guided through the entire application and reporting process, leaving time for questions at the end. There will be two Grant training sessions held during the 2021 open application season in person and virtually. Please email us if you would like to attend via zoom.

Join our fb group: Fitchburg Cultural Council Group

Visit our city hall webpage:


Tamar Russell Brown, Chairperson

718 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420-3125

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

FCC 2022 Grant Season Priorities:

All applications and supplemental materials must be submitted online. For special assistance, contact The Fitchburg Cultural Council via email: For additional questions, call 978-829-1804.

Based on feedback online and from attendees at its annual Community Input Meeting, (THANK YOU) the Fitchburg Cultural Council will prioritize the following:

1 – Priority will be given to applicants who live or work in Fitchburg and/or who offer programs and presentations that specifically benefit a wide range of audiences in the Fitchburg community.

2 – Priority will be given to applications reaching teens, the disabled and people of color, with special attention to teens, low-income and immigrant communities.

3 – Priority will be given to educational programming for teens, school aged children, the disabled, people of color, low-income, and immigrant communities. Educational programming may include technical assistance or trainings for start-ups and businesses that desire to open in Fitchburg, as well as assisting artists/musicians/performers with supplies to offer classes to Fitchburg?s youth.

4 – We will prioritize funding for live community gatherings: events, festivals, performances, networking events, and public markets, that can be made free to the public and that celebrate Fitchburg?s local history, culture and diversity and support networking among community groups.

5 – We will offer operating support-based funding, ie.: Funding expenses for artist residencies, artist affordable housing projects, funding supplies for arts and cultural programming, funding ticket subsidy programs, funding for the day-to-day operations of an organization that provides arts and culture programming, funding for individual artists materials to do their work, funding for streaming platforms for virtual programming.

6 – Publicity: In an effort to respond to the request for more media attention via our own platforms and contacts, we will prioritize events where PR is included in the proposal and even expense requests for PR services. We will also prioritize projects based around marketing and outreach to get the message of Fitchburg?s cultural programing out to the rest of the Commonwealth.

7 – Due to the pandemic, events and projects on Zoom or other video or streaming platforms that sustain expenses related to auto/video recording, etc. will be considered.

FY22 Local Guidelines

FCC 2022 Grant Season Requirements:

1 – Letter of Support: If you do not live or work in the City of Fitchburg, you are required to provide a letter of support from your project/performance venue or local partner.

2 – Time/Venue Required: Applicants MUST specify at least one arranged venue for their activity and a specific date or range of dates. ALL applicants must provide a letter from your venue detailing their intent to set a date for your project.

3 – Partners and Advisors: When you are listing local contributors / partners, please provide names and list their qualifications and in what way they will be assisting you.

Notes on Funding:

Funding Limits: In order to fund as many viable projects as possible, the Fitchburg Cultural Council will be capping grants at $1000.00. You may wish to request more than $1,000 and are welcome to include it in your application. If, after granting monies to all viable projects, there are still remaining funds to be dispersed, the council will award additional funds according to the priorities listed above.

Funding Sources: As always, we encourage Applicants to seek multiple sources for funding. On your application, you MUST list all other sources of financial assistance and grants that you have applied for and/or received. If your project will NOT happen without funding from the Fitchburg Cultural Council, you MUST let us know. For links to other programs and grants offered by the Mass Cultural Council, please visit:

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Fitchburg High School The Chevalier METG Entry $1,000
The Hope Center Project Juneteenth Celebration $1,516
NewVue Communities, Inc. Art Stewards $1,000
Carolyn Quirk Accessible Art Studio $1,500
Fitchburg Loves the Children, Inc. Calming kits $1,000
Matt York Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $650
Sally Cragin Swan Hope Press 2022 projects $1,516
St. Bernard's High School, Inc. First Tech Robotics Team, $560
William McsSeehy Holiday Lights at the Upper Common and Main Street $1,516
Eileen Berger Rolling the Keys of the Rollstone Organ $1,200
Edward L. Cope, Jr. Reading is Magic $350
MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $500
Merrick B. Henry Zen Fest 2021 $1,500
Shara Osgood Sizer Band Club $1,516
Friends of Coggshall Park Summer Concerts @ Coggshall Park $1,516
Forge Theater Lab Full Production of a New Play on Climate Change $1,500
Shara Osgood Basketball Court Mural Project $1,516
New Players Theatre Guild, Inc. BABY - Broadway musical $1,000
Arthur M. Longsjo Middle School Students and Social Issues: A Partnership of Abolitionist Park, The Forge Theater Lab, and Schools $750
Laurelwood Garden Club Art/Beautification/public benefit $500
Fitchburg Military Band, Inc. Summer Concert Series $1,537
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $400
Worcester Chamber Music Society, Inc. Free Tickets for Town Residents $750
Rona Leventhal Travelin' Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza $560
Davis R. Bates III A Celtic Celebration: Performance for Seniors $475
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Visual Arts Therapy $1,000
Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, Inc. Fitchburg Cultural Alliance Holiday Gift Guide 2022 $750
Sally Cragin Stratton Players 2022 season $1,516
Paul Luria Music of Yesteryear $500
Achla Madan 19th Annual Fitchburg Blacksmith Art & Music Festival $1,500
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 86th Regional Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $1,100
Edward Troxler Music lessons for need based Fitchburg residents $1,200
Edward Troxler Music Concerts $1,200
Fitchburg Memorial Middle School AV Club $1,000
Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, Inc. Appleseed Country Fair - Live Entertainment $1,516
Matthew Sinclair Audio Production Room $937
North County Land Trust, Inc. Henry Hike to Fitchburg Live Reading & Story-Walk $975
Zachary Bos Root and Verse $1,000
Zachary Bos Abolitionist Voices: A Community Publishing Workshop $1,500
Central Massachusetts Women's Caucus for Art Drawing Our Histories $750
David Geary Fitchburg Renaissance Festival $1,500
David Geary Fitchburg Blacksmith and Renaissance festival $300
Monique Guthrie Community Resource Guide in Honor of Sam Godin $1,000
The Thurston Consort, Inc. Concert of Chamber music & incidental music to a play $1,516
Groton Hill Music, Inc. Fitchburg Leominster Boys & Girls Club Afterschool Outreach Program $1,000
Rita Parisi Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight $500
New Players Theatre Guild, Inc. 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee $1,000
Fitchburg Memorial Middle School Tanglewood Marionettes' Perseus and Medusa $950
Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, Inc. 2022 Arts & Culture Directory of North Central MA $1,516
01420, Inc. Santa Mail Return Letters, 2022 $160
01420, Inc. Heritage Park Flags 2022 $420
Fitchburg Greenway Committee Rollstone Hill Rock Walk Trailhead Blaze Art $1,000

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