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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, 2022, and the deadline for the next grant cycle will be October 17, 2022. 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 01970-3528

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

2023 Grant Priorities

Theme: Connecting Salem to its Vast History

The Council encourages applicants who would like to create a large permanent, semi-permanent, or enduring project that fits the theme to apply. We will consider committing a significant share or the majority of our funds to this type of project.

• 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.

FY23 Local Guidelines

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

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Apreleva, Alisa Sing4Change $3,000
Carr, Andrew Gravestone Replacements $3,109
House of Seven Gables, Inc. Caribbean Celebration at The Gables $2,000
Massachusetts Poetry Outreach Project, Inc. The Massachusetts Poetry Festival Returns $2,000
Mattson, Maia Botanical Community Map Making $600
Olde Essex Stage Company Shakespeare in the Park $2,000
Paraschiv, Claudia Tree of Care + Wonder $3,500
Proprietors of the Salem Athenaeum Salem Literary Festival Community Read $1,600
Salem Arts Association, Inc. Artoberfest $2,000
Salem Community Arts Center, Inc. Salem Film Fest 2023 $2,000
Salem Sound 2000, Inc. Marine Study Cruise at Winter Island, Salem $5,000
Salem United, Inc. Negro Election Day Holiday Festival $3,200
The Welcome Immigrant Network, Inc. Latinx Art/Literary Festival $2,600

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on May 31, 2023 at 12:47 PM UTC
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