Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Salem Cultural Council is Now Accepting Grant Applications Supporting Projects in the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences

Proposals for Community-Oriented Programs are Due October 16

Salem, MA, September 1, 2017 – The Salem Cultural Council is accepting applications from organizations, schools, and individuals for grants that support cultural activities in the community. The application deadline is  October 16.  These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Salem, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Salem Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCC) 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.

Last year, the Salem Cultural Council distributed more than $14,000 in grants to the community, supporting projects/programs such the Salem Culturefest, the Salem Arts Festival and various artists within the community.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Salem Cultural Council visit or contact Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Press inquiries: Liz Polay-Wettengel

Phone: 617-593-5416


Public Meeting Scheduled Thursday, September 7th

The Salem Cultural Council is scheduling a public meeting for Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:00pm. This meeting will take place at 120 Washington Street in the small conference room.

The proposed agenda is as follows:

  • Introductions
  • FY18 Grant Cycle – Immediate Next Steps and Roles
  • Council Priorities. A discussion and vote on these priorities
  • Elections – Chair, Secretary, Treasurer
  • Recurring Meeting Time
  • Setting a Date for our next Public Meeting

This meeting is open to the public and we welcome your participation.

2018 Grant Applications Open September 1st 2017

We are excited for this new grant cycle here at the Salem Cultural Council. We have new members and we are looking forward to adding to the vibrant arts and culture scene here in Salem.

Have an idea you want funding for? The application process is getting started. Deadline for submissions is October 16th, 2017.

For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council information page about how to apply for a grant through your Local Cultural Council.

Photo courtesy of John Andrews/Creative Salem

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