Concord Local Cultural Council
Concord Cultural Council Members:
Janet Silver, Chair; Patricia Bruttomesso, Debra Canally, Alicia Cleary, Laurence Constable, Tom Martin, Victoria Mulligan and Maggie Terris.

The Concord Cultural Council is a non-profit organization appointed by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Concord. The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) ( is the governing organization from which funds are derived and its mission is “to promote excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.” The MCC website’s link to Local Cultural Councils lists the guidelines to which local communities must adhere. In addition, the Concord Cultural Council Guidelines include specific criteria to enhance and encourage events offered to various groups in Concord. This year $4,300 was received. The town budgeted an additional $2,000 to enhance this fund, enabling the CCC to enrich its support of the many cultural projects requesting funding.

The Concord Cultural Council supports community cultural projects through its two grant programs

1). The Council awards grants to local organizations that adhere to the Massachusetts Cultural Council guidelines as well as the local Concord Cultural Council guidelines. Local and regional artists and arts organizations are eligible to apply for grants. The Council places priority on new initiatives and gives preference to artists and events that benefit Concord.

2). The Council awards Field Trip Grants to school groups as ticket subsidies to attend cultural events.

All applications for grants from the Concord Cultural Council must meet the following guidelines:

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked on or before Thursday, October 15, 2015 (additional applications may be accessed through hand-deliveries will be accepted.

Time/Venue Required: Applicants must specify an arranged venue for their activity and a specific date or on-going timeline. Grant activity must take place between July 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.

Level of Support: Applicants may apply for partial funding only and demonstrate other sources of support.

Local Priority: Preference is given to applicants who live or work in Concord, and who offer programs and presentations that specifically benefit a wide range of audiences in the Concord community.

Handicap Accessibility: Activities must take place in a handicap accessible facility.

Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a record of engagement in the type of activity for which funds are requested.

Program Eligibility: Programs in music, dance, visual arts, poetry, literature, drama, the humanities and scientific interpretation for all age groups will be considered. Capital expenditures will be considered. Applications for programs that are normally funded by the town budget will not be considered.

Repeat Applicants: An applicant who is funded three successive years will have lower priority in the fourth year.

Project modifications: After the grants are awarded, programs cannot be modified without the Council’s review.

Please send applications to: Concord Cultural Council, Concord Town Hall, 22 Monument Square, Concord, MA 01742. Any questions may be directed to Chair Janet Silver at 978-371-7150

FY2015 Grant Recipients:

Acton Community Chorus
2014-2015 Concert Series
Concord Art Association
C-Art Collaboration-Seminars on Curating
Concord Conservatory of Music
Faculty Performance Series
Concord Orchestra
Paddington Bear’s First Concert
Concord Players
Transportation Funds for CP’s “Traveling Players”
Concord Women’s Chorus
A Season of Inspiration and Collaboration
Contemporary Arts International
2015 Stone Carving Symposium
Drinking Gourd Project
Reading Frederick Douglass
Electa Kane Tritsch
Tracks in Time: Season II
Essence of India
Essence of India
First Connectons
Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!
Fruitlands Museum
Centennial Saturday-Open Gates Initiative Program
Healing Garden
Exploring Our Creative Spirits
Indian Hill Music
Bach’s Lunch Concert Series