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Somerset Cultural Council

The Somerset Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all the cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Through its Board (currently numbering 10 members), the Council meets throughout the year. One meeting is dedicated to the allocation of funds received from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to individuals and organizations proposing to provide arts programs or performances within our community. Grants are reimbursement-based and priority is given to first time applicants and those who demonstrate a local connection and support.


140 Wood Street
Somerset, MA 02726-5297

Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

FY2024 Somerset Cultural Council Priorities
The Somerset Cultural Council gathers input from the community and develops funding priorities based on this feedback. This year the Somerset Cultural Council will give priority to proposals that:
● Show clarity of purpose
● Directly benefit Somerset residents
● Are related to the culture and history of Somerset, Bristol County and the region
● Celebrate Somerset’s diverse culture and population
● Are geographically local to Somerset residents
● Are offered gratis or at a reduced cost
● Have evidence of pre-planning (specific dates/times/venues)
● Have local sponsorship (with a letter of support)
● Follow the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s state criteria for grant applications

The Council encourages new and innovative programs. First time applicants will be given higher priority. Repeat programs or applicants will be carefully reviewed and should include other sources of support to show the project is not dependent solely on Council funding.
The Council will also strive to make sure that approved grants benefit a diverse demographic and cultural base, reach a variety of age groups, and cover a variety of mediums. Programs may be presented in-person or virtually.
School-related proposals must be for enrichment activities and not for programs, supplies, or salaries that should be part of a school budget.

FY24 Local Guidelines

Funding is more likely when an application is submitted with a town sponsor and include a letter of support from said community partner.
Only applications submitted through the Online Application system will be accepted for consideration.
Programs must be completed in the 2024 calendar year (January to December) following the October 2023 application deadline.
Grant recipients are required to inform the Somerset Cultural Council before making changes to their program’s execution and/or completion. Requests should be submitted in writing/email for review and approval.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bridgewater Antiphonal Brass Society, Inc. Old Fashioned Brass Band Concert $650
Bristol Chapter of Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. "DNA and the Hidden Half of the Family" $300
Campbell, Sara Whaling Wife Lucy Roberts Gifford $200
Friends of the Somerset Public Library, Inc. "Art For Your Mind" Art History Series $525
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! a dance series $500
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic - The Musical $580
Prescott, Annie Conversations With a River $300
Rodrigues, Steven RiverStock $2,000
Somerset Council on Aging Little Theatre $594
Somerset Council on Aging Musical Luncheons $900
Somerset Council on Aging Art classes $600
South Coast Community Chorale Memories Through Music & Photos $500
Southcoast Open Air Market SOAM $2,686
Spirit of Somerset, Inc. Spirit of somerset $2,000
Town of Somerset Pumpernickel Puppets $315
Town of Somerset Silent Movie with Richard Hughes $350

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