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Shrewsbury Cultural Council

Shrewsbury Cultural Council believes in supporting all varieties of arts in the local community and seeks to enrich the cultural experience and quality of life of Shrewsbury residents. We do this by awarding grants for deserving projects that take place in our schools, cultural organizations, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls and parks; wherever our community comes together. We strive to support cultural enrichment and creative opportunities that provide diversity and availability to all residents of our town.


Sarah Lividini, Chairperson

Town of Shrewsbury
100 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA 01545-5398

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FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

Shrewsbury Cultural Council believes in supporting all varieties of arts in the local community and seeks to enrich the cultural experience and quality of life of Shrewsbury residents. Our priorities are based upon our survey of August 2021 to reflect the responses of the town residents.
In order of preference:

Public events such as concerts and festivals, theatre and art exhibits

Arts, humanities and science programs in our schools and local community

Environmental education projects

Programs led by local artists

Programs that enhance our understanding of Shrewsbury’s diverse population

We are committed to promote and fund art and cultural activities in our community.

Last updated on 8/26/2022

FY23 Local Guidelines

I. Applications

Please take time to review the CRITERIA FOR AWARDING FUNDS in the Regulations and Guidelines for awarding grants located at

Grant applications must be submitted by October 17 to be considered for the following calendar year, Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Grants are awarded on a REIMBURSEMENT BASIS. Payment can only be made to the approved applicant AFTER the event or project is completed.

The event must have a specific date, time, and location

Projects must directly benefit Shrewsbury residents

The event must be open to the public, be handicapped accessible and be so advertised

Projects must involve Arts, Humanities, or Sciences as outlined by the MCC criteria

Projects must be completed in the cycle the grant was awarded

Applicants proposing to perform in the Shrewsbury public and private schools or other Town agencies: for example – senior center, library, parks and recreation departments and religious organizations must provide a letter of agreement from the venue. The venue must verify the date or time period, the location and the name of the program.

Due to the limited amount of funds available, grants over $2,000 are rarely funded. The majority of grants funded were for less than $1000. Smaller requests are more likely to be funded in full. Partial funding may be offered by the Shrewsbury Cultural Council

Capital expenditures: Select capital expenditures may be granted. See the MCC website for specifics.

Continuing projects: Projects of a continuing nature must have additional sources of funding, aside from the Shrewsbury Cultural Council.

II. Acknowledgment

Grant recipients must acknowledge the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as the Shrewsbury Cultural Council. Proof of credit acknowledgment must be provided when you request reimbursement. (Please refer to the “” (LCC Regulations and Guidelines PDF for more information about this policy.)

III. Reimbursements

Grant recipients have one year from the date of their final approval letter to request reimbursement. To request reimbursement the recipient must complete a reimbursement form, which is provided by the SCC. Reimbursements may be made either directly to the applicant or to third party vendors who have provided goods, materials or services to the applicant. In either case, the Shrewsbury Cultural Council must retain a copy of the documentation provided by the applicant with the application as part of the council’s records.

Along with the completed reimbursement form, grant recipients must submit:

“Proof of credit acknowledgment” as described in the section above

Appropriate supporting documentation regarding how funds were used: This typically means receipts from performers, printers, etc.

Shrewsbury Cultural Council should process reimbursements as they arrive to ensure timely payment of grantees.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Al-Hamra Academy, Inc. School Play: "The Jungle Book" $2,000
Apple Tree Arts, Inc. Apple Tree Arts Community Chorus $250
Argyrople, Catherine Growing Pains - Feature Film $500
Arts on the Green Arts on the Green $1,950
Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Inc. Choral & Orchestral Concert, with Soloists $1,000
Benton, Zachary How to Make a Movie on a Shoestring Budget (Movie Making 101) $350
Clear Path for Veterans New England, Inc. Build-A-Flag Woodworking Art Therapy Workshop $500
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
Dominguez, David Salvadoran festival $500
Kane, Timothy D. All Together Drumming $600
Longstreeth, Ken Free Concert by Jeff Gavioli and his BAD NEWS JAZZ AND BLUES ORCHESTRA featuring Cindy Reed $1,950
Northborough Area Community Chorus NACC 2023 Spring and Christmas Programs $500
Rao, Vandana Students Performances $500
Science & Engineering Education Development, Inc. Bubbling Chemistry at the Shrewsbury Public Library $480
Shrewsbury Montessori School Taste of SMS $1,000
Shrewsbury Parks & Recreation 4th of July Summer Concert $800
Shrewsbury Trails Committee Interactive Community Outdoor Discovery Program $300
Spring Street School April Jones Prince Author Visit $1,200
Spring Street School Cultural Committee Family Cultural Night $650
Square One Players Square One Players 2023 Season $1,000
Tincknell, Roger L. From Ireland to America $560
Women of Note, Inc. Women of Note 2022-2023 Concert Season $500
Worcester Chamber Music Society, Inc. Peter and the Wolf - Free Family Concert $800
York, Matt Johnny Cash - Songs and Stories $550

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