Watertown Cultural Council
The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC) is committed to funding public programs that promote excellence, access, diversity, and education in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences for all members of the Watertown community. Our mission, like that of the Mass Cultural Council as a whole is “to partner with artists, communities, organizations and schools to unleash the power of culture across the Commonwealth”: We seek all high quality programming that will benefit Watertown residents. This year our priorities also include projects that:
• Promote diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences
• Support collaboration, cooperation, and growth among Watertown organizations
• Explore the social and cultural histories of Watertown
• Focus on climate change and the natural environment
• Encourage developing artists and students, especially those who have not applied for grants in the past
Roberta Rosenberg, Chair
149 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472-4423
FY23 Local Priorities
The Watertown Cultural Council is committed to funding public programs that promote excellence, access, diversity and education in the Arts, Humanities and Interpretive Sciences. In addition, program priorities for 2022-23 include projects that: promote diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences; support collaboration, cooperation, and growth among Watertown organizations; explore the social and cultural histories of Watertown; focus on climate change and the natural environment and encourage developing artists and students, especially those who have not applied for grants in the past.
FY23 Local Guidelines
All applications are reviewed by WCC members based on the following criteria:
Artistic and creative merit must be clearly demonstrated; Arts and humanities applicant qualifications should include resumes, biographies, and/or related press materials about project leaders; Budget must be as complete and detailed as possible. Please list how the requested WCC funds will be used towards the proposed project or general operating support. As an example: “$500 is being requested to support or conduct two performances; $300 will be used towards performer costs; $150 will be used to rent related audio-visual equipment; and $50 will be used to pay for advertisements and promotional materials; or, $500 is being requested to support the season with $250 for salaries and $250 for space rental; Applications that include a public performance must show evidence of acknowledged contact with the proposed Watertown venue, and where possible, a specific agreement for date, time, and other relevant commitments to the proposed project (see additional criteria below). Grantees must also follow any COVID guidelines for safe performances. Include any required permits or signed releases: this includes police permits, Recreation Department permits, and other affiliated organizations’ event guidelines. For outdoor events, it is strongly recommended that a rain date be scheduled upfront, with appropriate town agency approvals. Once again, consult with your locality for guidelines on the use of masks, social distancing, maximum number of attendees under COVID guidelines. This should be done prior to submission of the grant proposal. If your proposed project requires State or Town permits (e.g., painting a mural on a building in the Town), please review what is necessary and detail in your application, how you will meet the requirements. The WCC can only provide limited guidance and support in permitting issues.
Applicants should provide specific plans for how the program or event will be promoted/publicized in order to include a diversity of participants.
If you have contacted other potential funders, please submit any letters of commitment you have received, in support of your application For more information, go to watertownculturalcouncil.org/grants.
We seek all high quality programming that will benefit Watertown residents.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
FY23 Funding List
A grant list will be published here after January 17, 2023 and once the Local Cultural Council has finalized their decisions.
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines