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Shirley Cultural Council

The mission of the Shirley Cultural Council is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences in order to improve the quality of life for Shirley residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our community.

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Holly Haase

7 Keady Way
Shirley, MA 01464-2630

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Priority is given to events, programs and activities that take place in Shirley and/or surrounding areas that serve Shirley residents and are sponsored or supported by a local Shirley organization.

FY24 Local Guidelines

Applications and supplemental materials must be submitted online in accordance with state guidelines.

Applicants must have a specified venue with a tenative date, and time to be considered for grant approval.

Activities must take place in an accessible facility.

Applicants who have partnered with a Shirley organization must submit a letter of support.

The scheduled project should take place during the current MCC funding cycle (Jan – Dec 2024).

Proposals are evaluated in terms of the following considerations:
• Benefit to the community
• Quality of the activity
• Evidence of planning (project dates, times, and venue secured)
• Qualifications of the individual(s) who will lead the activity
• Track record of the sponsoring group

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How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Ayer Shirley Regional High School ASRHS Spring Musical $1,000
Clear Path for Veterans New England, Inc. Build-A-Flag Woodworking Art Therapy Workshop $250
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
First Parish Meeting House Preservation Society of Shirley, Inc. Concert Series $2,000
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 87th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $225
Gardeners Exchange Gardeners Exchange Program on Native Plants for New England Gardens $250
Groton Hill Music, Inc. Bach’s Lunch Concert Series $500
Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, Inc. Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center Cultural Components $500
Nashoba Valley Chorale Wake Up, My Spirit $500
Regan, Sandra "WOW" Handmade Greeting Cards $300
Roberge, Mandy H. Programs at Hazen Memorial Library $500
Shirley Arts, Inc. Mural Restoration $700
Stickel, Peter American Originals from The Nissitissit String Quartet $650
The Cannon Theatre Tuition Support for Children's Programs $450
The Sizer Foundation, Inc. Performance of Studs Turkel’s Working $300
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Meditation and Mindfulness $250

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on December 8, 2023 at 12:01 PM UTC
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