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Methuen Cultural Council

The Cultural Council is made up of volunteers who are appointed by the City Council for a term of three years. The Cultural Council functions under guidelines established by the MA Cultural Council (MCC) which allocates funding to each community. The mission of the Methuen Cultural Council is to support public projects that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in the community or of benefit to our community. The Council offers support through awarding grants from state allocated funds to individuals and organizations. The Council aims to act as an advisory group to town committees, boards and departments promoting the arts and cultural attributes of Methuen.


PO Box 1006
272 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844-2932

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

To support public projects through the regranting of the annual allocation of funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). These projects shall promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Methuen.

Preference is given to

Methuen residents and organizations
Nonprofit organizations
Projects involving local artists
Projects which encourage community-wide participation in the arts, cultural events, graphic arts, fine arts, music, dance, theater, writing, nature, science and environmental education
Projects which encourage participation by audiences of all ages including multi-generational cultural programs
Projects highlighting Methuen’s history and institutions
Projects celebrating cultural diversity and inclusivity
First time funding of projects

FY24 Local Guidelines

First-time applicants, local artists and presenters are encouraged to apply.

Non-resident individuals or organizations:

If your program occurs in Methuen, you must have a predetermined local sponsor and a letter from the sponsor with your application. The letter should specify the type and level of support that the sponsor will provide. The application must identify the venue as either in-person or virtual. Virtual programs must be managed by the sponsor.

If your program does NOT occur in Methuen, you must have a supporting letter from a resident that explains how your program will benefit Methuen residents.

Applications must be completed online and include a complete budget.

Any changes to an approved project must be submitted to the council in advance for review.

Publicity must contain the following acknowledgement: “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Methuen Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”

Approved grantees must advertise event(s) in local Methuen media.

Grants are made on a reimbursement basis. Once your program has been approved/completed, please send your completed reimbursement form/receipts and documentation (Invoices, receipts, or paid bills), including costs associated with virtual programming if applicable, evidence that the event took place (programs, photos, etc.), and was credited as promised (copies of marketing, in newspapers, etc.) to: Methuen Cultural Council at 32 Orchard Street, Methuen, MA, 01844. You may also email your reimbursement materials to with subject line MCC Grant Materials.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
A Revolutionary Day in Methuen $1,000
First Baptist Church in Methuen Aspirations of a Diverse Community - Exterior Refurbishing of a Historical Landmark $5,000
Greater Lawrence Fellowship of the Arts, Inc. Greater Lawrence Fellowship Arts Festival $3,500
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! -- a dance series $500
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic -- The Musical $580
Marsh Elementary School Hero Art $2,030
McGary, Diane Resident Therapeutic Musician $2,000
Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Inc. Hip Hop Added Up and Workshops $1,780
Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Inc. Hip Hop Dance Workshops $1,530
Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Inc. Methuen Young Peoples Theatre $5,000
Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Inc. Music Hall Days - 2024 $2,000
Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Inc. Concert Grand Piano Celebration $5,000
Nevins Memorial Library A Field Trip to the ICA $1,800
Newman, Howard Music for Seniors $375
Nocera, Josef The GemsTones at the Senior Center $3,000
Rull, Thomas E. "A Musical Journey Through the Years" $475
The Delvena Theatre Company Mangia, Meatballs and Murder $765
York, Matt Matt York - Songs & Stories: Willie Nelson $600

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