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Salem Arts Council Grants

Grants to Salem, Massachusetts Nonprofits, Agencies,
Schools, and Individuals for Cultural Programming

GrantWatch ID#: 159330
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Massachusetts Cultural Council - Salem Cultural Council


Grants totaling $13,900 to Salem, Massachusetts nonprofits, schools, local government agencies, faith-based organizations, and individuals for public activities involving arts, humanities, or the sciences. Funding may be available for a wide range of projects, such as operating support, ticket subsidy programs, field trips, artist residencies, public art, fellowships, or other activities, based on local priorities and needs.

The Salem Cultural Council places an emphasis on locally-based artists and programs. The Council is looking for works and presentations that will have the greatest impact on the Salem Community and promote the history, diverse culture and positive attributes of the North Shore area. The Council will not fund applications from out-of-town artists unless they have secured a clear invitation from a Salem-based organization and a venue to perform.


Applicants may apply for grants for programs that take place during an 18-month window of eligibility from July 1, preceding the application deadline in October, through December 31 of the following year.

Applicant eligibility. Applicants must reside or be located in Massachusetts. 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. Local councils may accept applications from anyone included in the list below:

- Individuals: Individual applicants must show that a public benefit results from the project for which they are applying. A public presentation of an individual’s work may provide the needed public benefit.
Individual members of local councils may apply for funding from a local council, but must observe all conflict of interest laws and regulations in the granting process. Local councils may also establish their own rules regarding applications from council members as long as these are consistent with the state’s conflict of interest laws (see Appendix B in the guidelines).

- Incorporated private nonprofit organizations: Nonprofit preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools are subject to the same criteria and restrictions as public schools.

- Unincorporated associations that can establish a nonprofit objective: A group of individuals coming together with a common purpose (e.g., local community band, theater group) that do not have nonprofit status.

- Public schools, libraries, other municipal agencies, and the local cultural council itself: Municipal agencies are eligible to apply for funding, but are subject to the “No Substitution” criteria. Capital expenditure requests for public agencies are not eligible.

- Religious organizations: Religious organizations or groups with a religious affiliation are eligible to apply for funding of cultural programming that is available to the general public. Religious schools are also eligible for LCC funding and are subject to the same criteria and restrictions as public schools. LCCs can only approve applications that are primarily cultural in their intent and do not have the effect of advancing religion. Capital expenditure requests for religious organizations are not eligible.

Applicants submit their applications directly to the local cultural council to whom they are applying using the online application. Councils may choose to accept paper applications. If a council chooses to accept paper applications they must notify applicants by posting it in their council priorities by September 1.

All applicants must submit completed applications by the statewide deadline, generally October 15. In years when October 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the statewide deadline is the Monday immediately following October 15.

Applicants who submit their application online are not required to mail additional hard copies to the council; however, applicants who mail paper applications must follow the council’s instructions as posted in their council priorities. Before submitting an application, applicants should read the LCC’s priorities for additional application instructions.

More information about the Salem Cultural Council's priorities may be found here:

All LCC grants are reimbursement-based. If approved for a grant, the grantee expends their own money on the project. Once the project is complete, the grantee submits paperwork for reimbursement to the LCC that approved their grant.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Mary Beth Bainbridge

Salem Cultural Council
P.O. Box 8541
Salem, MA 01971


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