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Manchester Cultural Council

The Manchester Cultural Council offers to fund grants to those who provide Art, Science, and/or Humanities talents/education to enrich our local community. Some of the benefactors of Manchester Cultural Council Grants are: MMES, MERMS, MERHS, Historical Museum, Garden Club, Manchester Library, COA, Parks and Rec, Town of Manchester, among others. All funding is allocated from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Town Hall
10 Central Street
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944-1399

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Based on community input, the Manchester Cultural Council gives priority to projects that foster community-wide participation (such as festivals and concerts); that support art education for children and nature, science, and environmental activities for all ages; and that celebrate local history and cultural diversity. Other priorities include projects that are accessible to all residents, take place in a local venue, and show local support.

FY24 Local Guidelines

The Manchester Cultural Council evaluates grant applications based on benefit to the community, artistic/creative merit, clarity of the proposal, and evidence of planning, as well as on the qualifications and track record of the applicant.
– Proposed programs/events must have a Manchester sponsor, a local venue, and a date. A letter from the sponsor must accompany the application.
– Individuals and organizations are limited to one (1) application per grant cycle (year).
– Programs/events funded for two (2) years will have a lower priority in subsequent years.
– Program/Event fees — Programs that are free to the public are given priority.
– Available funding — Average grants tend to be in the $200 to $500 range.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bates III, Davis R. Sea Songs and Stories: A Performance for Seniors $600
Cape Ann Museum, Inc. A View From My Window $1,687
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $280
Manchester Memorial Parent Teacher Organization Tanglewood Marionettes at Memorial Elementary $950
Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library Young Adult Library Programming $1,525
Seaside Garden Club Artists' Gardens in New England $350
Stockwell, Bernadette Manchester: Do Your ARt! $200
The Delvena Theatre Company A Christmas Carol $600

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