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Orange Cultural Council

The Orange Cultural Council sponsors programs in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences. They encourage projects celebrating local history, cultural diversity or the natural work which benefit artists and residents in the 9 town area of the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts (Athol, Erving, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Warwick and Wendell).


c/o Town Hall
6 Prospect Street
Orange, MA 01364-1137

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FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

1. We encourage projects benefiting artists in the 9-town area of North Quabbin (Athol, Erving, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Warwick, and Wendell).
2. We encourage one-time expenditures.
3. We encourage smaller requests, due to limited funding. For projects with a total budget exceeding $500, applicants are expected to secure partial funding from another source.
4. We encourage new applicants and new projects.
5. We encourage community wide gatherings such as festivals, concerts and plays, as well as visual and audiovisual art projects that benefit the community. Online projects will also be considered, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
6. We encourage projects celebrating local history, cultural diversity or the natural world.
7. We encourage projects that target youth both inside and outside of school.
8. We encourage field trips to museums or performances.

FY23 Local Guidelines

1. Projects should have both a local sponsor and a venue already identified. Please visit for links to potential community sponsors.
2. Submit online applications only. If submitting more than 3 pages of supporting documents, include a URL link to any additional documents.
3. All questions must be answered, and the budget filled out. Be sure to address how partial funding would impact the project.
4. The Orange Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council (with their logos) must be mentioned in any publicity.
5. Grants are for programs in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences.
6. Grantees are fully responsible for their own advertising.
1. The project should benefit Orange residents.
2. The grant should be completed within a year of its award.
3. A Reimbursement Form with supporting documents, such as copies of receipts, checks, contracts, etc., plus copies of promotional materials must be submitted within 60 days after the event. This should include a social security number or federal employer identification number for the recipient of the funds. If submitting as an individual, include a signed W-9 form if you have not been reimbursed in the past by the Town of Orange. Mail the Reimbursement Form along with additional materials to the Orange Cultural Council, c/o Orange Town Hall, 6 Prospect St., Orange, MA 01364.
Note: Transportation, cleanup and food costs are not funded.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Barrett, Cynthia Emma and Belley: Little Detectives, A Bilingual Book $500
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Families Suggests $300
York, Matt Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $400
Wirt, Edward Hofbrauhaus Bavarians Oktoberfest/Winter Holiday Band $400
The Athol Historical Society, Inc. Uniquely Quabbin magazine $350
Orange Community Band Summer Concert Series $400
Franklin County Pride, Inc. Franklin County Pride 2022 $500
Racial Justice Rising Community Outreach for Racial Justice $500
Bates III, Davis R. The Places You'll Go: A Summer Reading Performance $475
MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $280
Tincknell, Roger L. Children's Songs and Singing Games Family Concert $464
Hart, Francis A Cultural and Historical Reflection of the 1960s through the Music of The Beatles $275
Orange Public Libraries Beyond the Beaten Path - The Magical Potter's Wheel $440
Mankita, Jay Maker Space Build-Along $800
Whipple, Kirk Duo Pianists, Composers & Educators Whipple & Morales in Concert $500
Orange Farmers Market, Inc. Orange Farmers Market Local Music $900
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. 9th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival $500
Leff, Alex Cycle of Memory $450
Valley Arts Mentors Virtual Mentorship Program and Webinar Series $500
Orange Revitalization Partnership, Inc. Starry Starry Night Craft and Entertainment Table $350

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