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The mission of the FCC, a local partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences thereby improving the quality of life for all Framingham residents and contributing to the economic vitality of our community.

The council is responsible for ensuring that MCC and other local Framingham funds are distributed broadly to Framingham’s creative community through grants, awards, scholarships and other forms of public awareness and recognition, and reflect the city’s cultural diversity.

Grants with funds provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council are paid when the agreement form is completed. Grants with funds from local fundraising are paid on a reimbursement basis.

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Awards Reception
The FCC holds an Awards Reception to recognize grant recipients and to designate the Cultural Council Contributor of the Year Award and/or a Special Recognition Award.

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Rita and Bill Collins Memorial Arts Scholarship
The Framingham Cultural Council (FCC) awards one or more scholarships to seniors at Framingham high schools or grade 12 equivalent who have demonstrated talent in the arts. The students must be residents of Framingham and in good standing at their high schools.

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Mauricio Perea

150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702-8325

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

The Framingham Cultural Council (FCC) supports and funds activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the Framingham community. 

General Criteria: (Please address in your proposal)

The applicant must be a Framingham resident, a Framingham-based organization, or a partnership that includes a Framingham-based organization. In the latter case, the application will be more favorably considered if the Framingham partner provides a letter that confirms the partnership and substantiates the value of the project to Framingham residents.

Except for field trips, projects must be held or performed at least once in a Framingham venue and Framingham residents must be a primary part of the intended participants. If the applicant does not have their own project or performance site in Framingham the application must include a letter from the Framingham venue confirming the location and date of the project or performance, or an explanation for why no letter is included. If this letter is not included in the application, it must be provided before grant funds are dispersed, and otherwise by March 3 at the latest. 

Projects must take place between January 1 and December 31 of the year following the application deadline.

The FCC encourages applications that align with the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ( and will in its evaluation include the presence or absence of diversity when it might reasonably be expected.

The application should indicate what will be done to ensure that the project will run if it is not awarded 100% of the amount requested. Would the scope of the project be reduced, or would other funding sources be obtained?

Funding: (For your information)

Grants will not be awarded for more than two projects for an individual organization unless that organization has different physical addresses that serve distinct groups of Framingham residents.

For field trips, transportation expenses must be included in the grant application budget.

Budget salaries/stipends must be listed as an expense but salaries, or prorated portion of salaries, cannot be for an employee who would be paid independent of the project. Framingham Cultural Council funds may not be used for institutional overhead on salaries.

The FCC does not provide funds to the receiving organization to grant scholarships.

Applicants that received Covid-19 extensions into 2022 may not apply for additional funding for already approved grants.

To provide funds to both large projects and small projects, it is expected that there will be a cap on the amount of a project award.

Grants with Massachusetts Cultural Council funds will be paid up-front shortly after receipt by the city and grants from other funds will be paid on a reimbursement basis.

Expectations if funded:

A final report for a project must be provided. Projects will not be considered if the grant applicant was awarded a grant in a previous year, but the final report was not provided.

Participation encouraged in the awards ceremony planned for May.

Acknowledge both the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Framingham Cultural Council in advertising, marketing and social media posts. 

The FCC may ask for clarification of how the grants meet any of the above criteria.

FY23 Local Guidelines

Funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense.

  • Arts refer to the creation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and interdisciplinary arts. They also include the presentation and preservation of, and education about works in these disciplines.
  • Humanities are types of learning that deal with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
  • Sciences are types of learning that deal with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
A Common Thread Theatre Company, Inc. Tick Tick Boom! $1,000
Amazing Things Arts Center, Inc. Firehouse Dinner and Movie Nights $3,173
Barbieri Elementary School Honk! Jr. presented by Barbieri Drama Club $2,180
Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Inc. Summer Brain Gain $1,000
Brophy Elementary School Multicultural Fair $600
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library Summer Reading: Find Your Voice! / ¡Encuentra Tu Voz! $1,501
City of Framingham Parks & Recreation Department Framingham Friday Night Concert Series $2,675
Costarelli, Eve I Am: Yoga, Creativity and Community $1,189
Driscoll, Kevin H. Paul Revere & Friends $400
Framingham Centre Common Cultural District Many Cultures One Heart Marketing Campaign & Scavenger Hunt $1,684
Framingham Garden Club, Inc Gardening to Support Nature $1,000
Framingham Public Library FPL Concerts 2023 $2,675
Framingham Public Library Summer Reading: Find Your Voice! / ¡Encuentra Tu Voz! $2,452
Framingham State University Adventures in Lifelong Learning $2,675
Hoops and Homework, Inc. Music at Hoops $2,675
Leventhal, Rona It's Your Story - Tell It $675
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $600
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic $580
Martell, Scott Magic Show by Scott Martell $450
Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Inc. The Massachusetts High School & Middle School Drama Festivals $1,000
Native Plant Trust, Inc. Plant Communities of Massachusetts $200
Performing Arts Center of Metrowest, Inc. Summer Intensives $2,675
Schare, Susan The Framingham Brain Food Project $500
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. Walnut Hill School for the Arts: Mini Walnuts Program at the Framingham Community Center (FCC) $2,675
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. Community Kiln FCC Arts Program $2,675
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts Arts Access with ASL: MCA’s WCT ASL Storytime & Creativity Workshop $1,288
The Heritage Chorale, Inc. "Let All the World Sing" Spring Concert $500
The Raymond J. Callahan Center 2023 Cultural Arts Series $2,043
The Raymond J. Callahan Center Our History, Our World 2023 $1,929
Voices of MetroWest, Inc. Trial Educational Tool - ChoralTracks $100
Walsh Middle School Museum of Fine Arts 8th Grade Field Trip $2,675
York, Matt The Highwaymen Songs & Stories $550
Zaino, Nick 100 Years of Boston Comedy $200

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on March 20, 2023 at 12:39 PM UTC
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