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Westford Cultural Council

The Westford Cultural Council is a town committee of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Westford.

Westford Cultural Council promotes the availability of cultural experiences in Westford through the grant awarded by Massachusetts Cultural Council annually.

Organizations, schools, and individuals may apply for grants that support arts, humanities, and science programs in the community. These grants can be used support a variety of projects and activities within Westford – including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Westford Cultural Council’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Westford community by supporting arts, humanities, and sciences programs held in Westford, and by Westford artists, arts organizations, schools, and community organizations.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

In order to apply for an LCC grant, applicants must meet all eligibility and criteria requirements of the LCC Program. Please refer to the documents below:

The council has used community input from Westford residents to inform the council’s funding priorities for grant applications. Please see Council Priorities section below to view a list of funding priorities for the council.

All applications and supplemental materials must be submitted online. Supporting materials or documents as listed below must be included with your online application. Applications missing these documents may not be considered:

  • Venue location,
  • Date of event or project,
  • Local sponsor.

The council recommends that applicants consolidate:

  • same events held at multiple venues, or
  • multiple similar events held at the same venue.

Failure to consolidate such events into one application may result in denial.

No paper applications will be accepted. Applications will be available starting September 1st. To apply to Westford Cultural Council, please click on Apply Now button below. Application deadline is October 17th

There is an optional presentation meeting for the grant applicants to further present their programs to the council committees: Thursday, December 9th, 2021 (to be held virtually – email westfordculturalcouncil@gmail.com for meeting information).

Level of Support: The Council does not fully fund any programs. To demonstrate that your program is not dependent solely on Westford funding, you must specify other sources of financial support in the budget section of the application.

Note: Grants are made on a reimbursement basis only.

For a list of grants awarded last year, please click on the Funding List tab at the top right hand corner.

Contact

Vidya Raman
westfordculturalcouncil@gmail.com
781-439-8191

Address
Town Hall
55 Main Street
Westford, MA 01886-2597

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation

$10,600

FY24 Local Priorities

The Westford Cultural Council (WCC) funding priority will be given to programs held in Westford, and by Westford artists, arts organizations, schools, and community organizations. Other programs which benefit the Westford community or Westford artists are also encouraged to apply. WCC funding priorities will go to projects which fit at least one of the descriptions below.

  • Communitywide gatherings: festivals, concerts, plays,
  • Arts and music education in & outside the schools,
  • Nature, science, and environmental educational projects,
  • Projects & events celebrating local cultural diversity.

The Council does not fully fund any programs. To demonstrate that your program is not dependent solely on Westford funding, you must specify other sources of financial support in the budget section of the application.

There will be an optional presentation meeting for the grant applicants to further present their programs to the Council: Date : TBD.

All applications and supplemental materials must be submitted online in the new system. Supporting materials or documents as listed below must be included with your online application. Applications missing these documents may not be considered:

  • Venue location,
  • Date of event or project,
  • Local sponsor.

The council recommends that applicants consolidate:

  • Same events held at multiple venues, or
  • multiple similar events held at the same venue.

Failure to consolidate such events into one application may result in denial.

FY24 Local Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in the cultural enrichment of the Westford community. The Council has prepared this document to assist you in completing your application and to explain this year’s grant review guidelines. Grant applications will be assessed and rated based on the following criteria:

  1. The program (or project) has a clear statement of purpose.
  2. The program clearly indicates viability for successful implementation.
  3. The program takes place in Westford and/or benefits residents from Westford.
  4. The program is scheduled to take place during the 18 month period between July 1st preceding the application deadline and December 31st of the following year. (18 months later). Applicants that request funding for a project occurring before the local cultural council holds its voting meeting will not know the outcome of their grant application until after their project begins.
  5. The program benefits a large number of people in the community, or an underserved segment of the population.
  6. Programs that are repeated requests will be carefully scrutinized. Such proposals should show other sources of support to show the project is not solely dependent on council funding.

All grants will be reviewed and awarded following the criteria outlined above; no applications will be excluded from consideration.
(For a complete explanation of the state guidelines for awarding funding, please refer on-line to www.massculturalcouncil.org/programs/lccgrants.html).

All Westford Cultural Council meetings are posted at the Town Hall and are open to the public.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Adiseshu, Suman Divinity in Sensuality $200
Anderson, Jessica Strawberries 'N Arts Festival $450
Blanchard Middle School Having fun with Pyramids and Pharaohs $450
Blanchard Middle School Traveling Science: The Physical Changes of Matter $450
Chelmsford Community Band, Inc. Spring Concert $200
Contemporary Arts International, Inc. 2024 Stone Carving Symposium $200
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $200
Dracut Performing Arts Series, Inc. Dracut Arts 2024 Season $200
Facepaint, Inc. Book Distribution to Little Free Libraries in Westford $200
Groton Hill Music, Inc. Bach's Lunch Concert Series $200
Hart, Francis The “Beat Generation” - A Cultural Review of the 1950s Through Music $350
Kelly, Kaye SheGrooves; Using Our Voices for Positive Change $300
Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Inc. The Massachusetts High School Drama Festival $300
Middlesex County 4-H Fair, Inc. 4-H Fair Musical Performances $450
Nashoba Valley Chorale On That Glad Night $200
Open Door Theatre of Acton, Inc. Wizard of Oz $300
Ruggiero, Marianne "A Musical Journey to the Andes Mountains" $250
Sevenars Concerts, Inc. Sevenars 56th Anniversary Season $200
Smith, Patrick Afternoon of Brass #3 $200
Stony Brook School PTO Jack Gantos: Short Story Session $450
Stony Brook School PTO Mythmasters: Tales from Greek Mythology $450
The Concord Women's Chorus, Inc. A Celebration of Glorias: Vivaldi's Signature and More $200
The Delvena Theatre Company Bon Voyage - Forever! $500
The Parish Center for the Arts, Inc. J.T. Turner - Robert Frost: Light & Dark $450
Town of Acton Untold Stories of our Region $200
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Harmonious Healing: Empowering Resilience through Music Therapy $200
Westford Academy Asian Culture Club Lunar New Year Celebration 2024 $475
Westford Academy Bands Marching Band Festival $500
Westford Chamber Players, Inc. Mother's Day Diversity Concerts $450
Westford Chamber Players, Inc. "Movie Themes for Strings" - All Professional Musicians Concerts $450
Westford Community Access Television, Inc. WestfordCAT Youth Services Outreach Program $475
Westford Historical Society, Inc. Digitizing June Kennedy's Recollections and Parkerville Interviews $500


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