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Harvard Cultural Council

The Harvard Cultural Council’s purpose is to promote and support the vitality of the cultural resources within the Harvard community. A wide variety of activities considered for annual grant funding include community gatherings such as concerts, plays and festivals; arts, science and environmental education in the schools and at the public library; projects focusing on local history and diversity, restoration and preservation.


Lisa Aciukewcz

Harvard Town Hall
13 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451-1458

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

The Harvard Cultural Council gathers input from the community on a regular basis and develops funding priorities based on this feedback. Based on feedback from the periodic surveys, the HCC local priorities are as follows:

We encourage submissions in the areas of artistic performances of any kind, local historic programs, and other projects clearly within the guidelines of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

We focus on events and activities that take place in Harvard and serve Harvard residents. We strongly encourage applicants to partner with a local Harvard sponsor before applying.

Also note that applications for general operating expenses, fund scholarships or (non-municipal) capital expenses will not be considered.

All applications must be made online; no paper applications will be considered, according to the state policy.

FY24 Local Guidelines

All applications must be postmarked by October 17. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications from organizations and individuals based in Harvard and surrounding towns are given priority. Applicants not affiliated with a local or regional organization must include a letter of support from a Harvard-based partner organization confirming performance date and venue.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the council co-chairs for assistance if needed.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Ayer Shirley Regional High School The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) $250
Clear Path for Veterans New England, Inc. Connecting with Veterans through the Healing Power of Music: A Live Music Series $500
Contemporary Arts International, Inc. 2024 Stone Carving Symposium $250
Devens Historical Museum, Inc. Fort Devens Museum 2024 Lectures $300
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 88th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $200
Groton Hill Music, Inc. Bach's Lunch Concert Series $400
Harvard Public Library Chinese Acrobat Li Liu $500
Harvard's Cultural Collaborative, Inc. Climate Stories Project - Music Presentation and Performance $400
Klein, Ellery An Evening of Irish Music with Fódhla $450
McLellan, Dave Concert In Your Living Room at Fivesparks 2 $319
Nashoba Symphonic Band Nashoba Symphonic Band $300
Open Door Theatre of Acton, Inc. The Wizard of Oz $350
Parnes, Janet The Unsung Heroine Behind the New Deal Parts 1 & 2 $400
The Harvard Town Band, Inc. Fourth of July parade $250
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Artistic Movement: Moving to Heal $450
Warner Free Lecture Roots of Traditional and Contemporary Gospel Music $200

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