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
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)
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
FY23 Funding List
|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|