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Haverhill Cultural Council

The Haverhill Cultural Council is an LCC (Local Cultural Council) that is made up of volunteers appointed by Mayor James J. Fiorentini and is part of the largest grass roots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community based projects in the arts, humanities and sciences annually. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen. LCC projects take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities and wherever communities come together


Nathan Webster, Chair

10 Welcome Street
Haverhill, MA 01830-5699

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FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

Haverhill Cultural Council Funding Priorities

The Haverhill Cultural Council gathers input from the community yearly and develops funding priorities based on this feedback.

The Haverhill Cultural Council will give priority to projects that generate:

Community support and involvement

Documented experience that leads the Council to believe the applicant has the support and ability to complete the project

Projects that offer cultural diversity to our community (cultural here refers to arts, humanities and interpretive sciences)

Promotion of a mix of opportunities to reach and engage all ages, ethnicities, races, genders, abilities, and demographics

The presentation of the City of Haverhill in a positive, respectful, and inviting way that entices people from outside the community to experience what Haverhill has to offer

In addition to the state criteria, applications will be evaluated using the following:

How well the program meets our local priorities

Financial plan

Demonstrated planning abilities

The following criteria should be met to qualify for a Haverhill Cultural Council Grant:

All projects (other than field trips) must take place within the city of Haverhill and be sponsored by a Haverhill resident or business.

Field trips must enhance the experience of Haverhill students in the areas of the Arts, Humanities or Interpretive Sciences.

A specific date and venue/location (e.g. August 6, 2022, 12 – 6, G.A.R. Park, Main Street, Haverhill) must be included in the application.

A Marketing plan that includes three of the following five areas:
Website (include link)
Social media (include link)
Printed materials (brochures, flyers, posters, programs, etc.)
Broadcast media (radio/TV – list stations)

FY23 Local Guidelines

General guidelines for Haverhill Cultural Council grants include:

All grants will be scored on a 100 point scale.

Grants are capped at $3,000.

Not all grant requests can be fulfilled at 100%. Our scoring process, using the above criteria, allows us to provide meaningful funding to as many applicants as possible.

Credit MUST be given to both the Mass Cultural Council and the Haverhill Cultural Council using proper logos

Grants are not expected to fully fund projects or field trips.

Non-monetary donations must be listed as in-kind matches on your budget.

Tickets, travel, chaperones, guide fees all will be considered on field trip grant applications.

Capital expenditure requests will be considered with appropriate supporting documentation.

Weighted consideration is given to new projects or field trips over those that have been funded within the last three years.

Grant monies cannot be used to pay for food.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Calvary Baptist Church Martin Luther King Jr. $2,500
Creative Haverhill, Inc. Cogswell Arts Fest $2,500
Creative Haverhill, Inc. Haverhill Art Walk $7,360
Czar, Emily Haverhill iHub Game Design Studio $3,000
Furtado, Jessica Lynne Little Free Art Gallery & Library $3,500
Guerin, Sarah M. Ten Footer Shoe Shops - History and Living Traditions $1,150
Haverhill High School Student Research and Creative Response at the deCordova $1,000
Houle, Jenn Sun eaters, pollen seekers - Public Art Pollinator Project $2,983
Hurlbut, Steven M. Jumpin' Juba Senior Concert $350
Keating Jr., Daniel A city in one room $1,572
Kirouac, Daniel Concert For Haverhill Senior Center $350
Leaving the Streets Ministries, Inc. LTSM After School Program $1,000
Lewis, Stephen Ban the Bomb - An International Poster Exhibit $80
MUSE, Inc. MUSE Incorporated - Musical Visits for Seniors $1,125
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! A Dance series $1,000
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic $580
Merrimack Valley Concert Band, Inc. Merrimack Valley Concert Summer Series $750
Newman, Howard Knock on Wood, acoustic folk-rock duo $500
Parisi, Rita Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight $500
Rull, Thomas E. "A Musical Journey Through the Years" $400
Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. Outcomes $500
Stockwell, Bernadette Haverhill: Do Your ARt! $350
Team Haverhill, Inc. Team Haverhill's River Ruckus $3,000
The Haverhill Historical Society National Disability Month $450
Trustees of the John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead Summer Stories $1,500
Urban Bridges, Inc. Bilingual Summer Music Theatre $3,000
Urban Village Montessori, Inc. Cultural Exploration Through the Arts $3,000
Waterman, Jon Live Music Making History Live $300
Wisteria Montessori, Inc. Artist in Residence $2,600
Wisteria Montessori, Inc. African Music & Dance Program $3,000
Young Men's Christian Association of the North Shore, Inc. STEAM Extravaganza $3,000
de la Guardia, Aliana Bahué New Music by Latinx Composers $1,000

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on June 5, 2023 at 12:56 PM UTC
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