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Framingham Cultural Council


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

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Priority for funding will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following listed items in addition to the eligibility and other criteria documented by the Mass Cultural Council:

  1. Projects that provide substantial or unique benefit specifically to the Framingham community, particularly live performances (music festivals, concerts, plays) and events celebrating diversity.
  2. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Access (DEIA):  Projects that create opportunities for or celebrate the diversity of Framingham, particularly including previously marginalized communities based on race, national origin, culture, language, gender, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation.  Refer also to the Mass Cultural Council statement on DEIA:
  3. Projects that seek to enhance the vitality and esthetic appeal of Framingham’s downtown and older manufacturing centers.
  4. Applicants who have not had previous grants and whose projects provide something different from others that have been approved in the past.
  5. Grants that do not have substantial funding from other sources.

FY24 Local Guidelines

  1. Projects must take place between January 1 and December 31 of the year following the application deadline.  Any funds not used during the year must be returned to the FCC.
  2. The applicant must be a Framingham resident, a Framingham-based organization, a partnership that includes a Framingham-based organization, or be held in a Framingham venue or location (see #3 below).  
  3. Except for field trips, projects must be held or performed at least once at a Framingham site.  A letter of commitment is required from the venue unless it is owned or controlled by the applicant.  If this letter is not included with the application, it must be provided no later than March 1.  Grant funds cannot be dispersed until it has been received.
  4. The application must indicate what will be done if it is not awarded 100% of the amount requested since limited FCC funds often require partial funding. For example, would the scope of the project be reduced, or would other funding sources be obtained?
  5. The application must include the intended number of sessions and the location of each to the extent that they have been identified.  Lack of this information could impact funding or become a contingency before funds are provided.  The final report must specify the actual attendance at the event.
  6. Grants will not be awarded for more than two projects for an individual organization unless that organization has different physical addresses.
  7. For field trips, transportation expenses must be included in the grant application budget.
  8. 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. FCC funds may not be used for institutional overhead on salaries.
  9. The FCC does not provide funds to the receiving organization to grant scholarships (defined as a grant or payment made to support a student’s education).   However, fee reductions are acceptable, especially if they are designed to promote the DEIA priority above.
  10. 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.
  11. Grants with funds provided by the Mass Cultural Council are paid after the funds have been received by the city and after the applicant has returned all required forms. Grants with funds from local fundraising are paid on a reimbursement basis.
  12. Expectations for projects that receive FCC grants:
    1. Provide a description of the project, preferably with icons and pictures, for use on the FCC website.
    2. Acknowledge both the Mass Cultural Council and the Framingham Cultural Council in advertising, marketing and social media posts.
    3. Submit a final report for the project using the official report form provided by the FCC. Grants will not be considered if the applicant did not submit a required final report in a previous year.
    4. If possible, participate in the awards ceremony planned for May or June.   Information about past receptions:

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
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
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
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
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

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on December 3, 2023 at 12:01 AM UTC
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