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Royalston Cultural Council

The Royalston Cultural Council supports a wide variety of programs in the arts, theater, music, and natural history every year. In a normal year, we present the Royalston Open Mic on first Fridays from November to April.We also sponsor the annual Royalston Music Fest each July, which brings talented performers from around the region to Bullock Park for a rousing afternoon of family fun. The 2022 Open Mic took place outdoors, in the summer, in place of the Music Fest. The schedule for 2022-23 will depend on pandemic development.

We also collaborate with the Village School, Royalston Community School,
the town of Royalston, Phinehas S. Newton Library, the South Village Revitalization Association and other organizations to produce programs for students and adults, and with LCCs of neighboring towns to support events and programs that benefit our entire region. Visit our Royalston Cultural Council Facebook page for more information and updates.


James Taylor

Town Hall
13 On The Common
Royalston, MA 01368

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

The Royalston Cultural Council gathers input from the community and develops funding priorities based on this feedback. This year’s priorities include:

1. Applicants that have confirmed the support and involvement of a local community organization (required).
2. Programs that will take place inside or outdoors that will focus on one or more of the following criteria:
a. Participation Science and Art programs directed at K – 6.
b. Workshops and lectures by artists, craftspeople, scientists, and naturalists for any age group.
c. Music performances and ‘Open Mics’ encouraging public participation.
d. Community festivals and events.

In addition to the state criteria, applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

– How well the program proposal meets our local needs and public interests.
– Financial need.
– For programs intended to reach a general audience, a well thought out and executable publicity plan will be required.

FY24 Local Guidelines

Our survey shows that the citizenry would like more of the following:
– Community-wide events such as dances, movie nights/film series, concerts, and local festivals.
– Enriching activities and/or instructional presentations lead by photographers, craftspeople, artists, chefs and field naturalists for any age groups.

We also collaborate with the Village School, Royalston Community School, the Town of Royalston, and Phinehas S. Newton Library and other local organizations to produce programs for students, adults and families.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
1794 Meetinghouse, Inc. Quabbin Valley Pro Musica 2022-2023 season $100
Bennett, James Royalston Open Mic $1,000
Millers River Educational Cooperative, Inc. Peter and the Wolf and Hansel and Gretel performances $600
Orange Revitalization Partnership, Inc. Starry Starry Night $200
Phinehas S. Newton Library Royalston Shakespeare Company Theater Workshop $1,400
Phinehas S. Newton Library Creating with Clay for Adults $800
Phinehas S. Newton Library Native American Birch Bark Baskets with Jennifer Lee $600
Royalston Community School Newsies Jr. $1,200
The Athol Historical Society, Inc. Uniquely Quabbin magazine $100
Village Improvement and Historical Society of Royalston Caring for Royalston's Gravestones $750

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on December 11, 2023 at 12:01 PM UTC
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