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Worcester Arts Council

The mission of the Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for Worcester residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our city.

WAC accepts grant applications on an annual basis between September 1st and October 15th. Applicants are notified of the Council’s funding decisions in January of the following year. Grants are awarded to support arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, visual artists, performing artists, science educators, historians and other humanists, as well as community, civic groups, social service organizations, schools, neighborhood centers, and youth, senior and family associations.


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Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

1. Project Categories | Projects that focus on Public Art, Musical Performances, Arts Education & Instruction, and programs for all age groups from children to seniors.
2. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Access (DEIA) | Projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Worcester. Projects should create opportunities for artists and community members through a DEIA lens.
3. Locations | Projects that take place in or benefit areas of Worcester that are historically underserved.

FY23 Local Guidelines

WAC’s grant guidelines may differ from other Local Cultural Council’s guidelines. For detailed requirements and instructions, applicants must review the Worcester Arts Council’s FY22 Grant Guidelines before applying. FY23 Guidelines will be published at the following link by September 1, 2022:

WAC Project Grant applications are only accepted through SmartSimple, the MCC-hosted application platform.
WAC Fellowship Grant applications are only accepted through Airtable:

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on January 31, 2023 at 07:27 PM UTC
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