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Reading Cultural Council

The Reading Cultural Council (RCC) awards grants to individuals and organizations offering cultural programs that serve the Reading community. These include school field trips, after school programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film. The projects take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls, parks, and wherever our community comes together. Applications are available on September 1, 2022 and must be completed and received by October 17, 2022.



c/o Reading Town Hall
16 Lowell Street
Reading, MA 01867-2674

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

  • Programs that serve broad segments of the community.
  • Programs that are new and diverse as well as well received annual programs.
  • Programs that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole.

FY23 Local Guidelines

  • Programs must be performed at a venue that is accessible to Reading residents, although field trips to locations outside Reading are eligible.
  • Proposals must state an approximate performance date, confirmed artist and venue.
  • Programs must have alternate sources of funding and guarantee they will run with only partial RCC funding.
  • Only online applications will be accepted.
  • Only one application will be accepted from each organization or applicant unless multiple constituencies are being served.
  • All applicants must read and adhere to the LCC Program Guidelines. You can find a copy of the guidelines by clicking on the LCC Program Guidelines link.
  • Grants are reimbursement-based. Applicants awarded funding must conduct their program using their own funds and then submit paperwork for reimbursement.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Walter S. Parker Middle School Science Olympiad $500
Reading Community Singers, Inc. RCS Celebrates the Holidays: Live and In Person $1,500
Quannapowitt Players, Inc. Suburban Holidays Ten $600
The Delvena Theatre Company Bon Appetit, Julia! $575
J. Warren Killam Elementary School RSTAR (Reading Students and Teachers Against Racism) $250
York, Matt Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $650
MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $600
Downtown Reading Art Walk Downtown Reading Art Walk $700
Newman, Howard Music for Seniors $375
Alice M. Barrows Elementary School Race and Music . . . continued! $500
North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network Hula La Family Concert $720
Leto, Jr., Joseph Discover the Arts Day Cultural Festival $1,000
Reading Art Association, Inc. Fall Exhibit $500
CATO - The Coalition of Us Reading Remembrance Tour $960
Northeast School of Ballet, Inc. Tales of the Spirit $500
Reading Civic Concert Band, Inc. Purchase of additional music $500
McFarlane, Susan Virtual Art Classes (advertised via Reading Pleasant Street Center- Senior Center) $2,000
Leff, Alex Cycle of Memory $500
Greater Boston Stage Company Discounted Theatre Tickets for Reading Students and Seniors $500
Reading PorchFest Committee Reading PorchFest 2022 $765
Reading Memorial High School Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Speaker Series $850
J. Warren Killam Elementary School Reading Community Task Party! $505
Joshua Eaton School Multi Cultural School Assembly $1,000
J. Warren Killam Elementary School Reggie Laurent and J.W. Killam Grade 4 Create! $500
Understanding Disabilities, Inc. DEAFinitely: Performance and Panel Discussion with UD $1,000
Means, Pamela Pamela Means Presents The Power of the Protest Song: Our Shared History & Present Day Struggles $950
Carlson, Melanie The Music Porch $1,000
Birch Meadow Elementary School New Perspectives in Enrichment Programming $1,800
McFarlane, Susan Guided Watercolor Landscape focus $1,100
J.W. Killam Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, Inc. Killam 3rd Grade Arts Field Trip $600

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