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Medford Arts Council Grants

Grants to Medford, Massachusetts Nonprofits and
Schools for Humanities and Interpretive Sciences

GrantWatch ID#: 159332
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Massachusetts Cultural Council - Medford Arts Council

10/17/16 11:59 PM


Grants to Medford, Massachusetts nonprofits, artists, schools, community organizations and public entities for arts, cultural and interpretive science projects that generate new ideas, creativity, and interactive programs. An information session will take place August 4, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to contact funding source staff to determine eligibility prior to the application deadline.

The Council may approve grants for projects, operating support, ticket subsidy programs for school groups, artist residencies, arts field trips, fellowships or other activities based on local priorities and needs.

Medford Arts Council grants can cover a broad range of cultural activities. Up to 7% of the Council’s funding will be granted to groups of K-12 children for cultural field trips.

New projects: The Council is particularly interested in new projects. At least 20% of the Council’s funding will be awarded to new initiatives. The Council will look favorably upon proposals that bring new kinds of arts and cultural programming to the community or that show originality and creativity in making the arts publicly available to Medford residents.

Preferential consideration will be given to proposals that match the following priorities:
- Public art
- Neighborhood revitalization
- Partnerships and collaborations
- Humanities and interpretive sciences (projects looking at the social and cultural aspects of science, nature, and technology).

Events or programs must take place between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

Applicants do not have to be a Medford resident to apply, but projects do have to serve the Medford public at large or Medford audiences. 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. The local council may accept applications from anyone included in the list below.

1) 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 guidelines regarding applications from council members as long as these are consistent with the state’s conflict of interest laws.

2) Incorporated private non-profit organizations. Non-profit preschools, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools are subject to the same criteria and restrictions as public schools.

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

4) 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.

5) 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.

In addition to the general state guidelines for LCC grants and cultural field trip grants, the Medford Arts Council has specific local guidelines:

1) Attendance data and proof of promotion - Applicants for the current grant cycle who have been awarded a Medford Arts Council grant for a similar event or project in a past grant cycle are required to provide data on attendance for each project or event receiving funding, along with copies of any promotional materials. The materials must be provided as an attachment to the current grant application.

2) Local planning - You must show that you have made specific plans to hold your event or activity in Medford. That means including a specific letter of support from the organization which controls the local venue.

3) Collaboration - Projects involving collaboration must include a letter from the collaborating individuals or organizations confirming their commitment to the project.

4) Business sponsorships - The Council recognizes the tremendous value of the different contributions that area businesses can make to the local creative economy. The Council will look favorably upon proposals of merit that demonstrate a commitment by partner businesses to provide partial funding for the proposed project.

A "MAC Klatch" information session will be held August 4. This session will answer questions such as "What does the MAC do?" and "How do I network with other organizations creating exciting art and culture in Medford?"

The online application will be available September 1, 2016.

The Council will hold office hours in September for potential grant applicants. Check the Meetings page ( for the latest information on dates and times or contact the Council directly for specific questions and help applying.

Grants are made on a reimbursement basis only, so applicants must send the completed reimbursement form and receipts after the event or program has taken place. For more information and specific instructions, consult the reimbursement guidelines.

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

For more information on the state’s new online system, go to

Allie Fiske

Medford Arts Council
Medford City Hall
85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155


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