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For proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs from organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities on Nantucket. On-line and in person programing will be considered this year. For classes, exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
This is a great time to kickstart cultural programming options for consideration for 2021. The aim of the funding process is to support programming that eliminates financial barriers by supporting low and or no cost programming options for participants and guests to energize the arts at all levels for members of the Nantucket community. The funding is provided to offset program costs and allow this programming to come to frustration. Allowing organizations an opportunity to engage and serve new guests, or an existing population better.
The Nantucket Cultural Councils part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Community Members include Jordana Fleischut/ Chair, Emma Young/Treasurer, as well as Justin Cerne, Michael Kopko, Tony Wagner, Ava Rollins, Sarah Ellis, and Janet Schulte serves as our Art and Culture Liaison to the Town.


CONGRATULATIONS and Thank You for creating Culture for our Community.
Introducing our 2022 Grant Award Recipient’s

White Heron Theatre 2022 Nantucket Playwrights Festival $800
Small Friends on Nantucket, Inc. Multi Cultural Awareness for Children $500
*Elizabeth Obremski The Lizza Show Episode 2 $450
Nantucket Dreamland Foundation Dreamland Stage Company Production of Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane $800
Emma Young Exploring Creative Reuse Through Sculpture $360
Nantucket Book Foundation, Inc Nantucket Book Foundation Visiting Authors pgm. $450
Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center Cape Verdian Documentary $351
Artist Associates of Nantucket Senior Citizen Art Class Tuition Aid Senior Art $1000
Nantucket Flying Association, Inc Designing the Aircraft of the Future $600
Nantucket Community School Young Art Explorers $530
Nantucket Community Music Center, Inc Early Childhood Music and Movement $800
John Eboli Living in a Dream: The people who make Nantucket $252
Nantucket Comedy Festival Stand up and learn $800
Theater Workshop of Nantucket, Inc. Costumes for a Christmas Carol $800
Nantucket Community Television, Inc. Whaler Media $800

For complete information and to apply for funding from the Nantucket Cultural Council go on line at for the application and all filing information.
Any questions, concerns or for support in the process please contact a council member or reach out to Chair/ Jordana Fleischut at
Many of these projects bring an arts discipline to a new audience, complement the education of our young people, or connect artists’ work to everyday life. They promote the uniqueness of a community, foster community pride, bring people together, and provide a sense of celebration for the community. Our mission is that.

The Local Cultural Council of Nantucket grants connect people and places in creative, dynamic, and exciting ways, that help strengthen the social fiber of our community and improve the quality of life. We DO NOT FUND- Operating Expenses, marketing and advertising, or refreshments. We fund programming and cultural opportunity.

The Council seeks out programming that is serves our comm.unity and is especially interested in supporting programming so it can be offered free, or at a low cost to the community. For more information about the council and to get involved contact Jordana Fleischut/ NCC Chair


Jordana Fleischut

Town Building
16 Broad Street
Nantucket, MA 02554-3500

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

Please note that only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Please review the state LCC program guidelines for applicant requirements.

The Nantucket Cultural Council does have additional local requirements or criteria beyond the state guidelines. Including that all programming must take place on Nantucket. As well as all vendors must be working with a local venue to secure performance space for programming. Applications will not be considered if they are not working with a venue manager to facilitate proposed programming. Also the council gives priority to those who create programming that elevate financial barriers to the arts and humanities.

FY22 Local Guidelines

Nantucket Cultural Council
Local Guidelines and Instructions
Effective 8/23/06

I. Program purpose and review criteria
The purpose of the Nantucket Cultural Council is to promote and maintain the vitality of local cultural resources and to ensure these resources are shared within the Nantucket community. The Council is committed to funding a diverse cross-section of activities. We support a broad variety of art forms, the ongoing work of individual artists, environmental education projects, collaborative proposals that bring together artists and other types of organizations, local cultural groups and projects that serve specific populations, including, but not limited to: youth, elders, low-income, disabled.

Applications are evaluated in terms of several review criteria: artistic or creative merit; project design; qualifications, dedication and track record of the individuals and organizations involved; physical accessibility of any facilities being used; and community benefit/involvement. Proposals from schools and libraries must not request support for activities that should be or used to be part of the municipal budget (i.e., teacher salaries, classroom supplies, school-sponsored clubs and organizations, library books/videos, etc.). Enrichment projects utilizing outside professionals are allowed. Nantucket-based applicants are given preference over those from out of town. The council will carefully scrutinize repeated requests; such proposals should show other sources of support to show the project is not dependent solely on council funding.

II. Eligibility
Applicants can be: a) arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations; b) individuals including artists, science educators, historians or other humanists, parents, community members, etc.; c) community organizations including, but not limited to, schools, social service organizations, civic groups, neighborhood centers, youth, senior and family associations, etc. Incorporated organizations must be nonprofit; unincorporated associations must have a nonprofit purpose. Individual applicants are required to be residents for at least one year; organizations must be organized and operating in the state for at least one year.

III. Timeline
Applications are available at the Nantucket Cultural Council website through the Massachusetts Cultural Council at or at the Town Building at 16 Broad Street. Completed applications must be received or postmarked by Oct. 16. Send application and support materials to the Nantucket Cultural Council, 16 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554.

  • Community meeting and grants help — Sept. 20
  • Application deadline — Oct. 16
  • Notification of Application Status — by Nov. 21
  • Final approval (from state review) — on or before April 10
  • Final reports & payment requests due — by April 10 (one year from final approval notification)

The local council reviews all applications and submits its funding recommendations to the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Applicants should not implement any project or publicize receipt of any award until official state approval has been received since the MCC may overturn or amend local decisions.

IV. Application process
All applications must be typed or word processed. The application form can be completed and printed out at When filling out the application, use the space provided to answer questions. One additional 8 1/2″x 11″ page to complete questions is allowed. Include three copies with the original and one set of supporting materials such as: resume(s) of key personnel, organizational brochures, letters of support/commitment, artist samples (video, slides, w

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
White Heron Theatre Company 2022 Nantucket Young Playwrights Festival $800
Small Friends on Nantucket, Inc. Multi-Cultural Awareness for Children $500
Elizabeth Obremski The Lizza Show Episode 2 $450
Nantucket Dreamland Foundation Dreamland Stage Company production of Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane $800
Emma Young Exploring Creative Reuse Through Sculpture $360
The Nantucket Book Foundation, Inc. Nantucket Book Foundation Visiting Author Program $450
Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. Cape Verdean Documentary $351
Artists Association of Nantucketm, Inc. Senior Citizen Art Class Tuition Aid & Exhibition $1,000
Nantucket Flying Association, Inc. "Designing the Aircraft of the Future" $600
Nantucket Community School Young Art Explorers $530
Nantucket Community Music Center, Inc. Early Childhood Music and Movement $800
John Eboli Living in a Dream: the people who make Nantucket $252
Nantucket Comedy Festival, Inc. Stand Up & Learn $800
The Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, Inc. Costumes for A Christmas Carol $800
Nantucket Community Television, Inc. Whaler Media $800

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