Milton Cultural Council
The Milton Cultural Council is a local grant program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. It is a grassroots complement to the agency’s centralized grant programs. Allocations are made to all of Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns from the state-wide program to support community cultural activities. The MCC Program is the most extensive system of its kind in the nation to support arts, sciences and humanities. We review applications from individuals, schools, and organizations to fund after school programs, concerts, festivals, and other cultural activities.
c/o Milton Town Hall
525 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA 02186-3260
FY23 Local Priorities
Project grants are given out to encourage artists or organizations with projects that are innovative, collaborative in nature, benefit the Milton community, and demonstrate artistic excellence.
Funding priority is given to Milton artists and organizations, to projects that originate in Milton, and to projects that benefit a significant number of Milton residents.
Proposals are encouraged that reflect knowledge of specific Milton neighborhoods’ artistic, humanist and cultural needs and are collaborative efforts with local organizations.
The Milton Cultural Council encourages grant proposals that celebrate diversity and inclusion.
FY23 Local Guidelines
Projects are funded for the period beginning September 1 and ending December 31 of the following calendar year. For example, applications due on October 17, 2022 can include projects scheduled for execution from September 1, 2022 until December 31, 2023.
The Milton Cultural Council will prioritize applications that have a local Milton sponsor or are hosted by a Milton organization. Projects must have a significant Milton impact.
The Milton Cultural Council encourages applications for programs that provide cultural enrichment. However, the Milton Cultural Council does not fund field trips or excursions.
Milton Cultural Council funds are not intended to replace existing public funds for programs in the arts and humanities. We also do not fund programs that replace school-funded programs and activities.
The Milton Cultural Council will not fund projects if the request is the sole source of funding for the project. Applicants must demonstrate that their proposal has alternative funding sources besides the Milton Cultural Council in the budget section of their application.
Applicants, entities, and organizations are limited to TWO (2) applications per grant cycle. No organization will be the beneficiary of more than two grants.
The council does not award grants to the same project for more than three consecutive years. Exception: If your FY 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and you did not receive any of your FY 2020 grant funds, you are eligible to apply again in FY 2021, notwithstanding the three-year limit.
This is a reimbursement program; no money is given upfront. Award money will be available to you only after you have completed your project. All reimbursement requests must be accompanied by proper documentation which includes MCC reimbursement form and W-9, financial information showing funds expended on said project including paid invoices and/or receipts, proof of proper credit to the MCC and a brief written summary of the event.
The Milton Cultural Council grant process is governed by the requirements and regulations established by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Due to limited funds, the Milton Cultural Council can only consider applications submitted by a local Milton sponsor or hosted by a Milton organization AND support projects with a significant Milton impact. Applicants are limited to TWO (2)applications per grant cycle. Many recipients receive partial awards, and the Milton Cultural Council encourages applicants to seek additional sources of revenue.
Milton Cultural Council funds are not intended to replace existing public funds for programs in the arts and humanities, or to be used as the sole source of funding for projects.
The Milton Cultural Council does not fund programs that replace school-funded programs and activities in the arts. We encourage applications for programs that provide cultural enrichment. The council does not fund the same project for more than three consecutive years.
The applicant organization must also ensure a public benefit component in which the award recipient “gives back” to the community in the form of a lecture, master class, exhibit, performance, etc.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
FY23 Funding List
|Applefield, Janet||Combating Hate and Prejudice||$350||Friends of the Milton Public Library, Ltd.||Celebration of Black History Month with OrigiNation||$600||Friends of the Milton Public Library, Ltd.||Tiny Art Show||$300||Glover School||A Fascinating Rhythm: Afro-Latin Drum Performance by Cornell Coley||$800||Mandorla Music, Inc.||Outdoor Jazz Festival at the Eustis Estate||$1,475||Mass Audubon Metro South Region||Sensory-Friendly Days||$700||Milton Community Concerts||2022-23 Concert Season||$1,875||Milton Council on Aging||That's Entertainment! A Cabaret Show||$600||Milton High School Boosters, Inc.||Beauty and the Beast||$750||Milton High School Boosters, Inc.||Spring Musical||$750||Rull, Thomas E.||"A Musical Journey Through the Years" December Holiday Show||$325||Sharon Community Chorus, Inc.||Holiday & Pops Concert||$100||Sheffield Chamber Players, Inc.||Sheffield Chamber Players at the Eustis Estate||$1,225||Sinicrope, Bob||South African Jazz Performance||$975||Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Inc.||Juneteenth Community Celebration||$1,070||South Shore Children's Chorus, Corp.||SSCC Winter & Spring Concerts||$1,475||York, Matt||Johnny Cash - Songs & Stories||$550|