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Salem Cultural Council

About the Council: The Salem Cultural Council joins communities across the state to make up the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Salem Cultural Council is eager to award grants to individuals that reside, work, or have an organization based in Salem as they work to bring arts and cultural opportunities to our community.

Online applications open September 1, 2021, and the deadline for the next grant cycle will be October 15, 2021. Any Massachusetts resident can apply, but we give priority to those who follow our stated council priorities.

About the Council Members: As proud residents of Salem, we hope to find meaningful ways to contribute to the vibrant arts and culture scene in our city by awarding grants, supporting community events, and collaborating with the local organizations that bring arts and culture to life in Salem.

For more information about the Salem Cultural Council, please contact us!


93 Washington Street
Salem, MA 01970-3592

FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

FY 2022 Grant Priorities

Theme: Uplifting a Healthy Resilient Community

This year, the Salem Cultural Council will give priority to:

*Prioritizing projects that help Salem thrive during a period when the cultural community is looking to a brighter future in a creative and optimistic way
*Applicants who reside, work, have an organization in Salem or have an established partnership with an organization based in Salem.
*Programs that activate unexpected or underutilized canvases and performance spaces within the city of Salem.
*Programs that take place in Salem or benefit the residents of Salem.
*Programs that celebrate and promote the diversity of our community.
*Programs that are educational and accessible for the community, regardless of age or ability.

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

*How well the program meets our local priorities
*Evidence of track record and dedication of the applicant
*Ability to address the diverse cultural needs of a community?s underserved populations
*Demonstrated planning (i.e. the ability to complete the project within the cycle year)
*Financial need

For the FY22 Grant Cycle, the Salem Cultural Council is once again participating in the Supplemental Grant Pilot Program, which means that approved grantees will receive their funding upfront, not on a reimbursement basis. For questions about this new process, please email

FY22 Local Guidelines

All applications must be submitted digitally.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Salem Community Arts Center, Inc. Salem Film Fest 2022 $2,600
Salem United, Inc. Negro Election Day Black Celebration Annual Event $3,175
North Shore Concert Band Salem Willows Park 2022 Summer Concert Series $500
Robert Strom Old Salem in Ballad and Song $1,425
Salem Public Schools Carlton School Community Mural at Curtis Park $5,000
CultureHouse Salem Community Pop-Up $4,900
Dennis Shafer Free Music Lessons $3,000
Third Citizen Theatre Company Queering the Canon: The Classics from an LGBTQ Perspective $2,400
Proprietors of the Salem Athenaeum Salem Literary Festival 2022 for Kids $2,000
Brandon Sichling Sigil Game Jam $2,000
Salem Main Streets Salem Arts Festival Community Art Project $2,500
Michelle Richardson DENCITY Sunday Soulcase & Open Mic @ Chagall PAC $2,000

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