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Weston Cultural Council

Welcome to The Weston Cultural Council!

The Council is charged with distributing money in the form of grants allotted to the Town of Weston by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency supporting the arts, humanities, and sciences.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, local councils award more than $2 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide.

Municipally appointed volunteers meet and decide how to distribute the money to projects that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in three areas:
� Arts — including crafts, performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and interdisciplinary arts.
� Humanities — including history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
� Interpretive Sciences — engaging people in learning about nature, science, and technology in ways that connect to their lives.
Grants support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people.

Please refer to http://www.mass-culture.org/weston to see:
� Who qualifies for WCC funding?
� Online applications and deadlines
� Previous funding list;
� Weston Cultural Council Priorities;
� Local Cultural Council Guidelines.

Contact

Christine Martin
wcc02493@gmail.com
781-786-5000

Address
11 Town House Road
Weston, MA 02493

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FY22 Allocation

$5,100

FY22 Local Priorities

The WCC has collected data from the residents of the Town of Weston that inform WCC’s funding priorities for the next few years. The following statements express that data, and will inform the WCC as to which projects will receive local funding.

The WCC seeks to:
1. Offer experiences around arts & culture to the greater Weston community that they might not have access to otherwise.
2. Support applicants that would appeal to a large audience, creating the biggest impact possible to benefit funded artists as well as the Council’s future efforts.
3. Consider the diversity of experiences we fund so that the greater Weston community might be exposed to something new. Moreover, we aim to celebrate the diversity of our community through music, art, and performance. Finally, we hope to fund projects that will bring together a diverse group of people in Weston.
4. Support events and programs that celebrate local artists, recognize local history, encourage artistic explorations by non-artists, and bring the community together. Moreover, we seek to educate our community about environmental issues and local history through programming and art installations.
5. Explore all avenues to inform the community of programming to maximize interest, including publicizing the grant proposal process.

Weston Cultural Council Local Guidelines:
1 We prefer to grant projects that have not taken place before the grants have been requested.
2 Grants must have a confirmed Weston local venue.
3 A letter from the hosting venue is required to accompany the application.
4 A well-planned budget and proposal is required to accompany the application.
5 Funds are not to be used as the sole means of support for projects of a continuing nature. Reapplications for continuing projects are occasionally funded for more than three years. We encourage groups not to rely on WCC funding on a yearly basis and to develop other sources of funding.
6 Funds may not be used for the purchase of food.
7 Funds for scholarships are available to applicant organizations or individuals, and must demonstrate community benefit.
8 The applicant, or person leading the project/program, should have been engaged in the kind of activity for which funds are requested for at least one year.
9 Those who receive grants are required to publicize their program to Weston residents and to acknowledge the Weston Cultural Council in all promotional material.

For a complete list of the state requirements visit www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public_applicant_guidelines.aspx

How much can I ask for?
* Due to the limited amount of funds available, grants over $1500 are rarely funded
* The majority of grants funded were for less than $1000
* Smaller requests are more likely to be funded in full
* Partial funding is frequently offered by the Weston Cultural Council.

No application for funding will be considered unless the applicant has completed the following:
1. The applicant must submit a well-planned budget and proposal.
2. The proposal must include a confirmed venue or sponsoring organization. A letter from the venue provider/organization confirming the location and date is required, please update this with your application online.

FY22 Local Guidelines

Grants must have a confirmed local venue/connection.
A letter from the hosting venue is required to accompany the application.
A well planned budget and proposal is required to accompany the application.
Funds are not to be used as the sole means of support for projects of a continuing nature. Reapplications for continuing projects are occasionally funded for more than three years. We encourage groups not to rely on WCC funding on a yearly basis and to develop other sources of funding.
Funds may not be used for the purchase of food.
Funds for scholarships are available to applicant organizations or individuals, and must demonstrate community benefit.
The applicant, or person leading the project/program, should have been engaged in the kind of activity for which funds are requested for at least one year.
Those who receive grants are required to publicize their program to Weston residents and to acknowledge the Weston Cultural Council in all promotional material.
For a complete list of requirements visit
www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public_applicant_guidelines.aspx

How much can I ask for?
Due to the limited amount of funds available, grants over $750 are rarely funded.
The majority of grants funded were for less than $750.
Smaller requests are more likely to be funded in full.
Partial funding is frequently offered by the Weston Cultural Council.

No application for funding will be considered unless the applicant has completed the following:
The applicant must submit a well planned budget and proposal.
The proposal must include a confirmed venue or sponsoring organization. A letter from the venue provider/organization confirming the location and date is required.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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