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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.

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

Join our fb group: Arts, Culture, & Things to Do in Fitchburg

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.

Grant training Sessions:

Wed, Sept 6, 2023, 6:00pm-7:00pm, at the Fitchburg Public Library, Conference Room 2 Eventbrite Fb Event

Attendees will be guided through LCC Guideline requirements for eligible applications, our Council Guidelines and Council Priorities, and the entire application and reporting process, leaving time for questions at the end. Please email us if you would like to attend via zoom.

Tuesday, Sept 12, 2023 at 6pm by Mass Cultural Council on zoom. Register: here.

Get a summary of the LCC application process and timeline here.


Tamar Russell Brown, Chairperson

718 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420-3125

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

FCC FY2024 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 The Mayor’s office at (978) 829-1800.

Based on feedback collected January-August 2023, 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 the Fitchburg community. Priority will be given to programs that specifically benefit families, people of color, and those in lower income brackets.

2) Types of programs: Priority will be given to programs that are community-wide programs (ex. festivals, concerts/music programs, theater, and activities, etc.); downtown revitalization efforts; appeal to all ages and people; art education and workshops; and or celebrate local history, cultures, and diversity, affordable workspaces, and performance venues.

3) Publicity: Priority will be given to applicants that describe a marketing plan detailing action steps to promote their program to Fitchburg residents. For example: local newspapers, newsletters, mass mailings, banners, and flyers all around Fitchburg (Main St-Mill St, Library, City Hall, Community Centers, etc.) and online (social media, evite, YouTube, community calendars, official website, etc.) Programs or projects that spread awareness of Fitchburg programs locally and beyond are also encouraged.

4) Program Location: In-person programs that offer effective, virtual and accessible options (i.e. hybrid) will be prioritized. Virtual programs that collaborate with Fitchburg Access Television and invest in bilingual (especially Spanish) and ASL translators will be prioritized over virtual programs that do not.

FY24 Local Guidelines


1) Out-of-town applicants: If you do not live or work in the City of Fitchburg, you are required to provide a letter of support from a Fitchburg partner. A commitment letter from the venue is sufficient.

2) 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.

3) Virtual Programming guidelines: Applicants for virtual programming application must reside in North Central Massachusetts or the program must have campaigns promoting specifically to the Fitchburg Community.
Notes on Funding:

Funding Limits: The Fitchburg Cultural Council may initiate a funding limit on grants in order to fund as many viable projects as possible. Last year, the highest award was approximately $1,700. If after granting monies to all viable projects, there are still remaining funds to be disbursed, the council will award additional funds to the priorities listed above.

Funding: Will be the direct grant process.

Funding Sources: As always, we encourage Applicants to seek multiple sources of 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:

Grant Trainings: TBD on Facebook
Please add our email to your address book: and let us know if you have any additional questions.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bourassa, Theresa Maturity $1,407
Centro Celeste Corporation 2023 Uruguay Independence Day Festival $1,000
Centro Celeste Corporation 2024 Uruguay Independence Day Festival $1,000
City of Fitchburg Holiday Lights $1,407
City of Fitchburg Fitchburg Civic Days Block Party $1,407
City on a Hill Arts, Inc. The Secretary $1,407
Cole, Devin Victory Dance: The Unseen Journal of a Warrior $1,407
Covino-Poutasse, Katharine Developing Digital Literacy: Helping Kids Stay Safe Online $1,407
Cragin, Sally Poetry Readalouds and The Reveille $1,407
Daoust, Ellen Fitchburg Wellness Initiative : Free Yoga Classes for the City of Fitchburg $1,407
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $400
Dockery, Jamaal ItsDoc x Johnny in Paris Gallery Show $1,407
Dunn, Matt Sculpture Workshop Scholarships $1,407
Elysee, Modjossorica StoryCraft: Mastering the Art of Storytelling and Pitching Workshop $1,407
Elysee, Modjossorica Greatness Unleashed: Mental Health Festival $1,407
Fedirko, Anthony Fitchburg City Wide Jazz Concert $1,407
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 88th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $1,200
Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, Inc. Fitchburg Open Studios $1,407
Fitchburg Memorial Middle School Memorial Middle School Drama Club's The Glass Slipper $1,407
Fitchburg Military Band, Inc. Fitchburg Military Band's 2024 Summer Concert Series $1,407
Fitchburg Military Band, Inc. Second Annual Holiday Concert $1,407
Fitchburg Parks and Recreation Department Summer Concert Music Series $1,407
Fitchburg Public Library American Roots Music with Marc Berger $500
Fitchburg State University Downtown Fitchburg Events Bulletin & Map $1,407
Fresh Films Co. Film & Media Career Pathway: Bridging the Opportunity Divide for Historically Marginalized Youth $1,000
Friends of Coggshall Park Summer Concerts at the Park $1,407
Friends of Fitchburg, Dogs, Inc. Be PAWSitive Therapy Pets and Community Education 2024 $1,407
Groton Hill Music, Inc. Boys & Girls Club Afterschool and Summer Music Classes $1,000
Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, Inc. Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center Cultural Components $1,000
Laurelwood Garden Club Art/Beautification/Public Benefit $675
Luria, Paul Vinny Prendergast & The Sons Of Blarney $500
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $500
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic - The Musical $580
Madan, Achla 21St Annual Fitchburg Blacksmith Art & Music Festival $1,407
New Players Theatre Guild, Inc. Off Brand Improv $500
North Worcester County Symphony Orchestra & School of Music, Inc. A Symphonic Christmas Carol $1,407
Osgood, Shara Lowe Park Chalk Art Festival $1,407
Parisi, Rita 1908 Tea $500
Quirk, Carolyn Accessible Art Studio $1,407
Revontulet, Inc. Costumes for Finnish Folk Dancers in Fitchburg $1,407
Rull, Thomas E. "A Musical Journey Through the Years" $500
Sparrow, Stacey Fine Arts class scholarships for Fitchburg Youth $1,407
St. Bernard's Elementary School Theatre at the Mount Finding Nemo Jr. $1,407
The Arc Of Opportunity In North Central Massachusetts Inc 2024 Sensory Friendly Theatre $1,407
The Stratton Players, Inc. Stratton Players 2024 Season $1,407
The Thurston Consort, Inc. A Concert of Spanish Music $1,407
Tree House Music Education Project, Inc. TreeHouse Music Education Project $1,407
Troxler, Edward Music for Youth free music lessons $1,407
Troxler, Edward live music shows $1,407
Vazquez, Maria Milagros The Authentically Me Storytelling Project $1,407
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Harmonious Healing: Empowering Resilience through Music Therapy $750
Worcester Chamber Music Society, Inc. Out of the Ordinary - Free tickets for seniors and town residents $1,000
York, Matt Matt York - Songs & Stories: WIllie Nelson $550

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