Worcester Arts Council (WAC)
11/16/20 3:00 PM; 11:59 PM for uploads to WAC dropbox
Grants of up to $5,000 and fellowships to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, individuals, schools, libraries, and agencies in eligible locations for humanities, arts, and sciences. Funding is intended to promote access, excellence, diversity, and education in the disciplines with the goal of improving the quality of life for residents and contributing to the economic vitality of the city. All projects must take place in the City of Worcester.
Grants are issued to support arts, humanities, interpretive sciences, visual artists, performing artists, science educators, historians, and other humanists; as well as community, business and civic groups, social service organizations, schools, neighborhood centers, and youth, senior and family associations.
The official WAC Funding Priorities for FY21 are:
Two types of grants are offered:
Fellowship Grant Requirements: WAC fellows must have a presentation or exhibition during the grant year in which they receive an award. In-person presentations/exhibitions must take place in the City of Worcester to meet this requirement. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, virtual presentations or exhibitions are also acceptable. WAC will help fellows develop a manageable project for the upcoming year. Fellows are not obligated to use their fellowship award to fund this requirement.
Project grant requirements may be found at http://www.worcesterma.gov/uploads/f0/0c/f00c1f57d2b2d87873961aa34d0ebab8/2021-grant-guidelines.pdf#page=4.
GrantWatch ID#: 159398
In recent years, WAC has awarded 40-50 project grants. Due to uncertainty around the availability of funds stemming from COVID-19, WAC has committed to award no less than one fellowship grant.
Awards have historically ranged from several hundred dollars up to $5,000. In recent years, WAC has awarded grants at an average of ~$2,700.
All expenses must be incurred in the calendar year of the grant award.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
- Project Grant: https://mcc.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp
- Fellowship Grant: https://airtable.com/shrpmABtgFywVQfoX
The Worcester Cultural Development office staff is also available to answer additional questions you may have. Please email: ArtsCouncil@WorcesterMA.gov.
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