Cultural Council

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Members

  • Dianne Grattan
    Term Expires: 2025
  • Rebecca Hazelton, Co-Chair
    Term Expires: 2023
  • Christine Wojnar
    Term Expires: 2023
  • Angel Pettitt
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Breena Daniell
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Barbara Purchia, Chair
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Roberta Ennis 2025
  • Emily Mitchell, Select Board Liaison
  • Susan Schwartz, Clerk
    Term Expires: 2025
  • Two Vacancies (2024 and 2025 Terms)
  • Erin Sandler-Rathe
    Term Expires: 2024

Overview

Purpose

To support public projects through the regranting of the annual allocation of funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). These projects shall promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Bedford.

Responsibilities

  • To solicit community input and assess local cultural needs
  • To establish priorities and guidelines for the review of local grant applications
  • To communicate with the public about its activities
  • To review and recommend action on local grant applications
  • To report to the MCC
  • In addition, the Bedford Cultural Council may also:
    • Raise funds from sources other than the State
    • Initiate Council-originated projects

The Bedford Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers.

The Bedford Cultural Council seeks applications every fall. Information and forms are available on the Mass Cultural Council website where you can also find the application forms.

The application process for FY23 starts on September 1st and applications are due on October 17, 2022.

Bedford Cultural Council FY23 Priorities

Preference is given to:

  1. Bedford residents and organizations
    1. Nonprofit organizations
    2. Projects involving local artists
  2. Projects which encourage community-wide participation in the arts, cultural events, graphic arts, fine arts, music, dance, theater, writing, nature, science, and environmental education
  3. Projects which encourage participation by audiences of all ages including multi-generational cultural programs
  4. Projects highlighting Bedford's history and institutions
  5. Projects celebrating cultural diversity and inclusivity
  6. First-time funding of projects

Bedford Cultural Council Local Guidelines

  1. Non-resident individuals or organizations:
    1. If your program occurs in Bedford, you must have a predetermined local sponsor and a letter from the sponsor with your application. The letter should specify the type and level of support that the sponsor will provide. The application must identify the venue as either in-person or virtual. Virtual programs must be managed by the sponsor.
    2. If your program does not occur in Bedford, you must have a supporting letter from a resident that explains how your program will benefit Bedford residents.
  2. Applications must be completed online and include a complete budget.
  3. Publicity must contain the following acknowledgment: "This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency." For additional information, refer to the Event Publicity Guidelines (PDF).
  4. Your event should be able to proceed with only partial funding from the Bedford Cultural Council. Other opportunities can be found on the Massachusetts Cultural Grant Program website.
  5. Approved grantees must advertise event(s) in local Bedford media.
  6. Grants are made on a reimbursement basis only. Once your program has been completed, please send your completed reimbursement form and documentation (Invoices, receipts, or paid bills), including costs associated with virtual programming if applicable, evidence that the event took place (programs, photos, etc.), and was credited as promised (copies of marketing, in newspapers, etc.) to:
    1. Bedford Cultural Council
      Bedford Town Hall
      10 Mudge Way
      Bedford, MA 01730
    2. You may also email your reimbursement materials by emailing the Bedford Cultural Council. Partial reimbursement is possible for projects that happen in more than one phase. For additional information, refer to the Reimbursement Guidelines (PDF).