Westborough Cultural Council accepting grant applications

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Westborough Cultural Council accepting grant applications
Victoria Zisserman, 3, of Westborough, smiles at the animals in the petting zoo at Nourse Farm’s 300th Anniversary festivities. (Photo/Jon Ratner)

WESTBOROUGH – The Westborough Cultural Council is accepting grant applications online for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for funds supporting community cultural activities, including concerts, exhibits, lectures, performances, workshops, festivals and student field trips.

The grant application information is on the Westborough Cultural Council website, www.westboroughculturalcouncil.org. Applications must be completed online by Oct. 17. Only applications submitted online can be considered. 

More information can be found at https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/local-cultural-council-program/application-process.

Westborough is a part of the local cultural council program, the most extensive system of grassroots support for the arts, sciences and humanities in the nation. There are 329 local cultural councils in Massachusetts; collectively they distribute more than $3 million a year in grant monies to support cultural activities in cities and towns in the state.  

More than $12,000 was awarded by the Westborough Cultural Council in 2022.

Grants awarded include Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Chamber Music Metrowest, summer concert series, programs at the Westborough Public Library and Westborough Historical Society, cultural dance and music performances, Shir Joy Chorus, Westborough Connects Kindness Week, and Nourse Farm Heritage Day: Celebrating 300 Years of Farming in Westborough.

The Westborough Cultural Council receives a large part of its funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, but also depends on and welcomes donations and grants from local individuals, businesses and corporations. 

Additionally, the town of Westborough provides funds through the annual town budget to supplement the commonwealth grant to provide additional local support. 

Proceeds from the annual Westborough Cultural Council’s Arts in Common Festival (which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Bay State Common in Westborough) are also used to fund grants. 

For additional information or questions, please contact Maureen Johnson at 508-366-6326 or [email protected] or Holly Kenny at [email protected].