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Waltham Cultural Council

The Waltham Cultural Council supports the arts, humanities, and sciences through grants and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, and artists. Through our efforts, we strive to make our community a better place to live, work, and visit. As a public investor in the arts, humanities, and sciences, we work to ensure everyone in our community has a place in our rich cultural life.

We fund activities and events that celebrate cultural diversity and local history, engage the community and increase access to arts education for Waltham youth. Priority is given to projects that support initiatives with a specific focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

New applicants are encouraged to apply. The WCC will accept applications from Sep.1 through Oct. 15, for events that occur between July 1 of the application year and December 31 of the following calendar year.


Sharyn Nolan

610 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02452-5580

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FY22 Allocation


FY22 Local Priorities

Projects that support:
– Diversity, equity and inclusion
– Neighborhood revitalization
– Exposing school-aged children to the arts
– Artist’s living and work spaces

Events that:
– Celebrate local history and cultural diversity
– Involve the community and neighborhoods
– Promote arts education in schools

Focusing on the following communities:
– Low-income
– Communities of color
– Immigrant communities
– Teens

FY22 Local Guidelines


– Grant applications accepted for events that take place in Waltham and/or directly benefit Waltham citizens.
– Applications accepted beginning early September 2021. Applications received before that date will be discarded.
– All Massachusetts Cultural Council and Waltham Cultural Council guidelines must be followed.
– Because funds are limited, your event should be able to proceed with only partial funding from WCC.
– No materials will be returned.
– We send out notification letters as to whether your application has been approved or not, and how much funding if so, in January 2022.
– Event funded must take place in the 18-month time period from July 1 2021- December 31 2022. Grant funds must be used within this time period. If the program cannot take place in that period, unused funds will revert to the Waltham Cultural Council. Please be sure to note: The DATE and VENUE of the event must be specified in the application.
– These are reimbursement grants. Money is disbursed after events take place and a grantee sends in reimbursement materials. Reimbursements are only given for events applied for; no substitutions. Please submit your reimbursement forms as swiftly as possible before the deadline noted on your acceptance letter. Then the city can send you your check!

  • The WCC would appreciate timely notification/reminders of the time and location of events so that WCC members might attend to evaluate how funds are spent.
  • How Grant Recipients Are Paid

    Reimbursement Grants

    FY22 Funding List

    Name Project Title Amount
    African Cultural Services, Inc. Your Story Matters Magazine $2,000
    Jessica Lucci Watch City Readers $300
    Downtown Waltham Partnership, Inc. Waltham Riverfest 2022 $2,500
    Sarah Jane Nelson A River Runs Through Them: Old-time Songs and Tunes $400
    Downtown Waltham Partnership, Inc. Watch City Steampunk Festival $2,000
    Chesterbrook Community Foundation, Inc. Chesterbrook Leaning Center Nature Program $1,200
    Fiona Mamai Waltham Children’s Business Fair $1,000
    Waltham Arts Council, Inc. Summer Concerts on the Common $2,200
    The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts Arts Access - MCA's WCT ASL Storytime and Interactive ASL Workshops $1,500
    Gore Place Society Neighborhood Nature Walks $500
    Community Farms Outreach, Inc. Waltham Fields Farm Day $850
    Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc. Two Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts $2,000
    Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
    Amy Marks Nourish, a collaborative mosaic project to raise funds to fight food insecurity $1,950
    James Fitzgerald Elementary School Perf. Arts & Music Applied to Poetry Appreciation $1,000
    Watch City Arts, Inc. Art Watch-Touch-Listen $173
    Opportunities for Inclusion, Inc. Arts Programming for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities $1,100
    Waltham Public Library Teen Room Graffiti Camp 2022 $2,800
    Shawn Laswell 3.14 $300
    Boston Yue Opera House, Inc. Community Outreach - Sound of Chinese Opera $500
    Tal Shalom Shalom-Kobii Women in World Jazz- A tribute to women composers around the globe $550
    Waltham Public Library Children's Room Children's Programs at the Library $3,338
    Weavers' Guild of Boston, Inc. Weavers' Guild of Boston 100th Anniversary $1,500
    Matt York Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $350
    Northeast Elementary School Discovery Museum's Traveling Weather Workshop $1,000
    Waltham Farmers' Market Waltham Farmers' Market 2022 Concert Series $1,200
    Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. MANY CULTURES, ONE PEOPLE! Waltham's Immigrants , Past and Present, Folktale Puppet Showss , $3,250
    MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $500
    The Waltham Museum, Inc. "This Was Waltham" slide show collection $250
    Waltham Mills Artist Association Waltham Open Studios 2022 $2,000
    Waltham Land Trust, Inc. Habitats and Adaptations $600
    Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Inc. We Are Waltham $2,000
    African Cultural Services, Inc. Africa in the Classroom $350
    New England Brass Band The New England Brass Band Education/Youth Initiative $1,250
    African Cultural Services, Inc. Preps for success in Luganda Seal of Biliteracy Testing $350
    Waltham Creative Start Sing, Play, Grow with Philip Alexander $1,000
    African Cultural Services, Inc. African Drum, Dance and Perform Series $3,000
    Andrew Harms Waltham Trumpet Workshop 2022 $800
    Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, Inc. Pitches for the Planet - Ecomusic $400

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