2019 Grant Priorities

We are proud to announce the new Salem Cultural Council Priorities for the FY19 Grant Cycle!

This year, the Salem Cultural Council will give priority to:

  • Applicants that support this year’s theme of “Personal History, Immigration or Identity.” Our hope is to bring attention to the impact of personal history, immigration, and identity on the city of Salem, spanning from past to present.
  • Applicants who reside, work, have an organization in Salem or have an established partnership with an organization based in Salem.
  • Programs that take place in Salem or benefit the residents of Salem.
  • Programs that celebrate and promote the diversity of our community.
  • Applicants who have not received funding from the Salem Cultural Council during the past three consecutive grant cycles.
  • Programs that are educational and accessible for the community, regardless of age or ability.

In addition to the state criteria, applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:

  • How well the program meets our local priorities
  • Evidence of track record and dedication of the applicant
  • Ability to address the diverse cultural needs of a community’s underserved populations
  • Demonstrated planning (i.e. the ability to complete the project within the cycle year)
  • Financial need

For the FY19 Grant Cycle, the Salem Cultural Council is participating in the Supplemental Grant Pilot Program, which means that approved grantees will receive their funding up front, not on a reimbursement basis. For questions about this new process, please email SalemCulturalCouncil@salem.com.


5 Reasons to Apply for a Salem Cultural Council Grant

 1.  We want to fund YOU.

The Salem Cultural Council exists to support you and other members of the community. We are eager to award monetary grants to benefit the Salem community, and we would love for YOU to be a recipient.

2.  You have a vision for what Salem would love.

You live here, or you work here. You see the arts and cultural opportunities that are available, and you have a vision for something you know the community would love to see or experience. Describe that vision in an application, and receive funding to bring it to life.

3.  You see a need that can be met with funding support.

You see a need in the community, and to meet that need, you need funding.
Apply for a grant!

4.  Grants exist to bring opportunities to Salem.

Cultural Council funding is meant to help community members bring new and exciting opportunities to their communities, and we need your help identifying what will be most meaningful for Salem.

5.  Applications are due soon!

Applications are due on Sunday, October 15, 2017. The online application will ask for information about you, your project idea, and how you will bring it to life. Apply today!

Visit SalemCulturalCouncil.wordpress.com or contact salemculturalcouncil.gmail.com.
Application details are available at http://www.mass-culture.org.
Applications must be submitted online by Monday, October 16, 2017.

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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.

Review meeting on November 9, 2016

The Salem Cultural Council will meet on Wednesday, November 9 at 7 pm to review all of the grant applications we received for 2017. We will meet at the City Hall Annex at 120 Washington Street on the second floor.

To learn more about the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) application, the process, and eligibility, see the MCC website.

Stay tuned for our announcement of the 2017 awards.

Sorry-October 17, 2016 has passed!

Sorry, but deadline for the MCC grant application was Monday, October 17, 2016, to apply for a 2017 grant. The next step of the 2017 —grant cycle will be for the Salem Cultural Council to review all of the grant applications it received for 2017.

To learn more about the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) application, the process, and eligibility, see the MCC website. The 2017 application deadline has passed, but you can always mark your calendar for next year’s cycle.

Stay tuned for our announcement of the 2017 awards.

Apply yourself!

The Salem Cultural Council enjoys helping the local art scene flourish. In 2016, we awarded 21 grants totaling $14,000. Our 2017 grant application deadline is fast approaching. And yes, individual artists can apply.

There are 329 local cultural councils in Massachusetts, which means there is a probably one near you. To learn more about the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) application, the process, and eligibility, see the MCC website. This year you can apply online.

The deadline for the MCC grant application is Monday, October 17, 2016 at 11:59pm. So get going and best of luck!

The Council. The Salem Cultural Council joins communities across the state to make up the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Salem Cultural Council is eager to award grants to individuals that reside, work, or have an organization based in Salem as they work to bring arts and cultural opportunities to our community.

The deadline for the next grant cycle will be in October of 2018. Check back in late summer for additional details. Any Massachusetts resident can apply.

Council Members. As proud residents of Salem, we hope to find meaningful ways to contribute to the vibrant arts and culture scene in our city by awarding grants, supporting community events, and collaborating with the local organizations that bring arts and culture to life in Salem.

For more information about the Salem Cultural Council, please contact us!

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