Framingham Cultural Council
The Framingham Cultural Council (FCC) supports activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community. Funds are used to provide grants to local cultural and
educational organizations for programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.
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.
Please read the full LCC Program Guidelines
The FCC holds an Awards Reception to recognize grant recipients and to designate the Cultural Council Contributor of the Year Award and a Special Recognition Award. In addition, the FCC awards the Rita and Bill Collins Memorial Arts Scholarship.
Rita and Bill Collins Memorial Arts Scholarship
The FCC grants a scholarship to a student attending a high school in Framingham and seeking higher education majoring in the arts. The scholarship is awarded based on their work of art, music, or writing. The recipient is expected to use the funds within 12 months of the award to further the recipient’s education in the arts.
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For more information on the Framingham Cultural Council go to the following link:
150 Concord St
Framingham, MA 01702
FY22 Local Priorities
Framingham Cultural Council 2022 Grant Requirements
The Framingham Cultural Council (FCC) supports and funds activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the Framingham community.
? Applicants 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 substantiates the value of the project to Framingham residents.
? Projects must be held in a Framingham venue, except for field trips, and must be for Framingham residents. If the Framingham partner is providing a venue for a non-Framingham resident or organization the application must include a letter from this partner confirming the location and date of the project or, if not provided and a grant is awarded, provide the location and date by March 1, 2022. Remote/virtual projects may be considered due to the pandemic.
? Projects must take place between January 1 and December 31 of the year following the application deadline.
? Grants will not be awarded for more than two projects for an individual or an organization. Each Framingham school or library is considered a different organization and solely providing a venue is not considered part of this limit.
? 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 pro-rated portion of salaries, cannot be for an employee who would be paid independent of the project.
? The FCC does not provide funds to the receiving organization to grant scholarships. It may directly fund the program provided the budget and final report show how the funds benefit Framingham residents.
? We will not know the final award amount from the MCC until after the grant decisions have been made. 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. For 2021, the largest grant award was $3000
? 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?
? The FCC encourages applications which align with the MCC statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that can be found online at https://massculturalcouncil.org/about/who-we-are/dei-plan
? Grants with MCC funds will be paid up-front and grants from other funds will be paid on a reimbursement basis.
? Applicants that received Covid-19 extensions into 2021 may not apply for additional funding for already approved grants. The FCC will continue its flexibility as necessary given the ongoing pandemic.
? 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.
Join us for a Q & A session during our September 8, 2021 Council meeting from 7-7:30pm.
Per Mayor?s order, the public may join via Zoom:
Questions about applying? Contact the Mass Cultural Council at 617-858-2700 or the Framingham local council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-532-5440
FY22 Local Guidelines
Funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.
Arts: The creation of work in the crafts, performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary and inter-disciplinary arts. Presentation, preservation, and education about works in the disciplines are included.
Humanities: Types of learning that deal with human values, aspirations, thought and culture, language, and creativity. Some examples are history, social studies, philosophy, criticism and literature.
Interpretive Sciences: Educational programs that engage people of all ages in learning ways nature, science and technology relate to human lives
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines