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Southbridge Cultural Council

Our mission is to support diversified programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences for the cultural benefit and well being of the citizens of Southbridge, first and foremost.


Ted Bartlett

Southbridge Town Hall
41 Elm Street
Southbridge, MA 01550-2624

FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

The Southbridge Cultural Council priorities for new applications include (with no order of importance) the following categories:

Southbridge applicants (individuals), artists, performers, private non-profit organization, schools, library, and religious groups. Please read requirements of MCC and especially the Southbridge criteria for compliance.

Applicants from other parts of the state are also considered with the same criteria requirements of MCC and especially that of Southbridge for compliance

New applicants, art forms and humanities under represented, and projects interested in promoting cultural diversity in the community are considered.and must follow MCC and especially the Southbridge criteria. Please read both for compliance understanding before completing the MCC online application.

Location and venue

The activity must take place in Southbridge.

The VENUE and DATE must be confirmed BEFORE submission of the online application to MCC, Boston, MA.

The event must be OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC and be handicapped accessible.

A change of venue / or date of event requires a job modification letter to the SCC for approval by the Southbridge Cultural Council before the event /performance takes place.

Marketing and Promotion

The event must be promoted according to the criteria rules of the MCC and SCC. Refer to the grant acceptance letter when received in January 2022 and refer also to the MCC website on Contract/Requirements for specifics and the Southbridge criteria as well which is different in some areas from the MCC criteria. ANY and ALL promoted / published materials must recognize the Southbtidge Cultural Council support and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well.
ALL published copies of publicity before the event must be submitted at reimbursement. (ALL NEWS RELEASES – especially to the Southbridge News – Editor, P.O. Box 90 (25 Elm St.}, Southbridge, MA 01550 (for effectiveness it should be mailed at least 2 weeks prior of event) The News is a once a week issue on every Thursday. SOCIAL MEDIA COPIES, FLYERS, PROGRAMS,TICKETS, ETC. also must be submitted. with the reimbursement form. The individual in charge of the event publicity MUST be made aware of the required written criteria of the MCC and SCC for compliance to receive the grant funding

This SCC does not participate in Direct Grant Reimbursement. All reimbursement forms with the required criteria documentation must be sent to the mailing address on the grant acceptance letter . (Southbridge Cultural Council, Southbridge Town Hall, 41 Elm St., Southbridge, MA 01550).

The reimbursement form with all documented PUBLISHED materials must be submitted no later than one year from the grant acceptance letter of January 2022. Grants are processed as usual only after the event / performance takes place, and the payment itself may take 3 to 4 weeks for processing.

Application procedures

For the FY2022 grant cycle, grant applications opens electronically to MCC on September 1, 2021. Before applying, all applicants must review the online MCC Contract/Requirements – Guidelines and also the Southbridge Criteria . The deadline date for applications for 2022 is Saturday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. with no exceptions as per MCC..

The SCC does not accept paper applications. Field trip applications use the standard online MCC applications and must meet the criteria of MCC and SCC. For Field Trips, the SCC funds with discretion only the student admission portion and requires the same criteria as regular applications.

FY22 Local Guidelines

Southbridge Cultural Council will include applications for grants but not in order of importance the following categories:

  • Southbridge applicants (individuals), artists, performers, private non-profit organizations, schools, library, or other non-profit public agencies, religious groups. Applicants from other areas of the state are also considered with the same criteria restrictions. The publicity for the event must be followed according to criteria rules of MCC Contracts/Requirements and the SCC criteria which is different and specific. Recognition of the SCC must be mentioned at the venue presentation.
  • Activities and cultural events that take place must reach the largest potential audiences.
  • Art forms or humanities programs that are under-represented in the community.
  • Any new applicants or projects interested in promoting cultural diversity in the community.
  • A change of date of performance requires a job modification letter mailed to the SCC for approval before the event takes place. The mailing address is on grant acceptance letter mailed to grant recipients in January 2022. Only a portion of the cost for student admissions for a Field Trip grant is funded by the SCC and determined by each request ALL reimbursement forms with all documented materials must be submitted no later than one year of the grant acceptance letter. Funds must be released for payment after the performance and only for materials, services rendered on the approved application. The official reimbursement form online must be used for payment. All applications for grants are due October 15th each year as determined by the MCC. There are no exceptions to the deadline date of MCC . /ul> All communications requiring a file record must be date and time stamped by the Town Manager’s Office at the Southbridge Town Hall where the SCC has a mail box..
  • The Southbridge Cultural Council has reimbursement based grants.

    How Grant Recipients Are Paid

    Reimbursement Grants

    FY22 Funding List

    Name Project Title Amount
    John McDonough Puppet Show Presentation (Peter Rabbit) $340
    Henry Lappen Henry the Juggler Performance $450
    George Sateriale The Magic of Your Imagination $400
    Christie Higginbottom The Kitchen Garden: Tips from the Past for Modern Gardeners $200
    Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities, Inc. Kids Art Camp $500
    Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities, Inc. Kids Art Camp $500
    Davis R. Bates III A Celtic Celebration: An Inter-generational Performance $475
    St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church Albanian Day Picnic $800
    Howard Newman Knock on Wood, acoustic folk-rock duo $450
    Giving Trees for Life, Inc. Giving Trees for LifenInc. $396
    Giving Trees for Life, Inc. Giving Trees For Life Inc. $400
    Sarah Clay Stolen Moments $550
    Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band, Live in Concert $1,000
    Italian American Associates of Southbridge, Inc. The Italian American Annual summer Picnic $800
    Travelnitch, Inc. The World on Wheels $400
    Richard L. Hamelin The Melting Pot: Celebrating Pottery from Around the World $400
    Ricardo Frota Ecology of Sound $450
    Darlene Kulesza AutumnFest 2022 $750
    Darlene Kulesza Spring Blossoms $1,000
    Raianne Richards Community Concert with Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards $500
    Darlene Kulesza Henry the Juggler for AutumnFest 2022 $450
    Paula Bradley Finding Her Voice: Women in Early Country Music $300
    Lynda Shoup Using Historical Images in Mixed Media $350
    Hands on Nature, Inc. Educational Nature Library Program $180
    Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. Schoolhouse Rock, Jr. Live $800
    Anthony Tran Flamenco Performance $600
    Women's Fellowship of Elm Street Congregational Church, UCC Painting with Simone $625
    Jacob Edwards Library Illumination of Two Sculptures on the Main Street Lawn $3,000
    Matt York Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $300
    Jacob Edwards Library Crocodile River Music Performance $800
    Robert Oakes An Evening with Oakes and Smith and Kala Farnham $350
    Leslie Havens Concert by Quintessential Brass $700

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