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Rochester Cultural Council

The Rochester Cultural Council is a group of volunteers appointed by the Rochester Board of Selectmen for three year terms. Our mission is to promote excellence, access, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences in order to enhance the quality of life in Rochester. The Rochester Cultural Council strives to achieve these goals by diligently evaluating grant requests and allocating the funds provided by the Mass Cultural Council to projects best serving Rochester residents.


Susan Kowalski - Chairperson

1 Constitution Way
Rochester, MA 02770-2036

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

The first item below is a Mass Cultural Council requirement; we are emphasizing it here because it is important to us.
– All events must be accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Additionally, the Rochester Cultural Council will prioritize funding for projects that address the following:
– Projects that are free to participants or available at a reduced rate.
– Projects or events that will directly benefit Rochester residents by being held in the town. Other events must be hosted in surrounding towns which are easily accessible to Rochester residents.
– Program eligibility: Applicants may apply for grants for programs that take place in the 2022 calendar year, Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2022.

FY22 Local Guidelines

The Rochester Cultural Council has created a document titled ?Grantwriting Tips?. These slides will present the RCC application questions and provide details and advice on how to answer them fully, giving you the best chance of conveying your project idea and getting funded. You can access this file at the following link:

Additional guidelines are:
– To the best of your ability, provide the proposed date, time and location of the event.
– Projects should have a clear, justified budget request.
– If working with another entity (library, school, etc.) it is strongly recommended to provide a statement of support showing the cooperating organization has accepted the program and is partnering with you.
– If your proposed project has a track record of success in this or another venue (well advertised, well attended, well liked) tell us about it! Include letters of recommendation from past events, photos supporting the event or demonstrated planning with your RCC application.
– Include a good back up plan(s). If the event is susceptible to changes, (i.e. the restraints from the covid epidemic, weather) what will you do to still reach your audience?
– We are always looking for qualified events that involve science, nature, environmental education etc. as well as the humanities to round out our yearly event line up.
– We strive to support proposals appealing to a large range of ages.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $600
Education Committee of the Mattapoisett Land Trust MLT Education Committee Environmental Education Programs $500
Rochester Historical Society, Inc. Signs, Maps, and Celebrations $400
Tri-County Music Association, Inc. Complimentary Senior Tickets $200
Old Colony Historical Society Passport to History 2022 $150
Onset Bay Association, Inc. Chalk-Full-O-Fun Festival $150
Vincent W. Lovegrove, Jr. “Mr. Vinny the Bubble Guy” $800
Alison Bosma "Money Wise Kids" Financial Literacy Fair $500
Rochester Memorial School Lunabotics Junior Contest $550
Rochester Land Trust, Inc. Rochester Trail Tales $400
Soule Homestead Education Center Soule Music Series $200
The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, Inc. Discover Buzzards Bay: Rochester $750

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