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Wellesley Cultural Council

Like all the Local Cultural Councils under the umbrella of the MCC, the Wellesley Cultural Council (WCC) exists to enrich the artistic and cultural life of (ALL) those who make this town their home, leading our residents to feel a deeper and richer sense of community. The amount of money the WCC is given to work with is very small relative to the size and diversity of our population. Therefore the WCC sees its job to be trying to foster a sense of community in Wellesley by attracting and trying to help fund the most high quality arts and education programs that will be of interest and benefit to as many segments of our population as possible with the very little amount of money we have to pay for them.


Nora Tracy Phillips

Wellesley Town Hall
525 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482-5992

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

The Wellesley Cultural Council exists to enhance the quality of cultural life for the residents of Wellesley by helping to fund programs in the Arts, Culture, and Interpretive Sciences (educational activities engaging people in learning about nature, science and technology in ways that connect to their lives) that will be of interest and benefit to the greatest possible cross section of residents of this predominantly highly-educated, family-oriented, and increasingly racially-diverse town.

To that end, the funding Priorities of the Wellesley Cultural Council are

1. Programs that are of direct impact to the residents of Wellesley.

2. Programs that in one way or another promote a sense of community.

3. Programs that attempt to bring together as diverse (and perhaps surprising) a cross section of Wellesley residents as possible.

4. Programs that introduce and/or support artists and educators who are residents of Wellesley themselves–even better if their programs address topics of local interest.

5. Programs that seek to enhance the vitality of Wellesley’s downtown and public places.

6. Programs that Make It New–that infuse our community with creativity, that bring new ideas and new interactive programs to Wellesley audiences. Applications for grants in support of the creation and/or display of public art, guided walking tours, lectures on subjects of cultural or scientific interest, as well as those about art, are but a few examples of the sort of new programs we seek.

FY23 Local Guidelines

1. The Wellesley Cultural Council (WCC) will review grants for projects that began after July 1, 2022 and which are due to be completed by December 31, 2023.
2. The deadline for applications for the 2023 fiscal year is October 17, 2022.
3. Preference will be given to applicants who live or work in Wellesley, and/or who offer programs and presentations that specifically benefit a wide range of audiences in the Wellesley community.
4. Applicants must apply electronically (on-line) by following links from by 11:59 p.m. October 17, 2023. Any supporting material to be considered (brochure, letters of recommendation, co-sponsor/venue agreement letters, etc.) must accompany the electronic application.
5. If applicable, applicants must specify and give proof of an arranged venue/co-sponsor for their activity, and must indicate at least a best-guess date for their program. All venues must be handicap-accessible. These statements of agreement from co-sponsors/venues must be attached to the on-line application.
6. Applicants must demonstrate a record of engagement in the type of activity for which funds are requested.
7. Preference will be given to applications that reveal significant pre-planning to ensure that a proposed program could quite smoothly and quickly become an active program.
8. The WCC very rarely funds grant requests to the full amount of a proposal. WCC grants generally range from $100-$1,000. To demonstrate that your project could take place without full funding from the WCC, please specify other potential/arranged sources of financial support in the budget section of your application.
9.The WCC does not help to fund administrative positions nor does it award grants for field trips.
10. The WCC gives higher priority to first time applicants with original proposals than it does to repeat applicants asking us to continue funding programs or projects they’ve run year after year.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bridgewater Antiphonal Brass Society, Inc. Summer Band Concert $600
Gillman, Jackson A Family Cabaret $400
Lappen, Henry Henry the Juggler Performance $400
Morris, Susan Wellesley Traffic Box Art Program $1,500
Robert, Laura Art in the Park $800
Root, John A. Ice Magic $350
Wellesley Chamber Players Wellesley Chamber Players Concert $1,000
Wellesley Choral Society Masters of the Mass $950
Wellesley Society of Artists, Inc. WSA's 90th Anniversary: A Community Celebration of the Arts $1,000
Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Wellesley Symphony Orchestra 2022-23 Season $1,000

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on May 30, 2023 at 12:49 PM UTC
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