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 01545-5318
FY22 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 recent 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 8/29/21
FY22 Local Guidelines
Please take time to review the CRITERIA FOR AWARDING FUNDS in the Regulations and Guidelines for awarding grants located at MassCulturalCouncil.org
Grant applications must be submitted by October 15 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.
PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING:
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.
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 “https://www.massculturalcouncil.org/applications/lccguidelines.pdf” (LCC Regulations and Guidelines PDF for more information about this policy.)
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
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines