Worcester Arts Council Releases 2019 Grant Application

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Funding Available for the Arts and Culture!

Worcester, MA- Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is now accepting grant applications for its 2020 funding cycle. The deadline for all grant applications is October 15, 2019.  Based on community input received during 2019, WAC will give preference to community projects in the following categories:

  • Children’s Programs
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Art

However, all projects within the realm of arts, sciences and humanities will be considered.  WAC will accept grant applications from the following: individuals, non-profit organizations, associations that can establish a non-profit objective, schools, libraries and other public agencies.

WAC will be offering two types of competitive grants in 2020: Project Grants and Fellowship Grants.

Fellowship Grants are awarded to assist artists, scholars and literary persons in developing and exploring their work outside the structure of a specific project or presentation. Two Fellowship grants will be awarded in 2020 in the amount of $5,000. Through these grants, WAC intends to honor innovative individuals who demonstrate excellence in their field and represent the best of Worcester’s creative community. Fellowship applicants must maintain a residential, commercial or studio address in the City of Worcester.

Project Grants are offered to encourage Worcester County individuals or organizations to develop projects and programs that are innovative, collaborative in nature, provide a public benefit, reach under-served populations and demonstrate artistic excellence. All projects must occur within the city of Worcester within the 2020 calendar year.

To download a copy of the 2020 guidelines and the applications please visit: http://www.worcesterma.gov/cultural-development/grants

To use the new online Application visit https://www.mass-culture.org/Worcester

Online Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2019.

Paper Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by October 15, 2019.

For a full a description on how to submit, review the 2020 guidelines online at: http://www.worcesterma.gov/uploads/34/b0/34b0a37a0b0a717e90bd7b6d0556cc43/2020-grant-guidelines.pdf


About the Worcester Arts Council:

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is a municipal body consisting of nine members appointed by the City Manager. The Council is charged with promoting the cultural affairs of the City of Worcester and allocating funds received by the Council for cultural projects and programs. The mission of the Worcester Arts Council is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences to improve the quality of life for Worcester residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our City. The Worcester Arts Council is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information visit: http://www.worcesterma.gov/cultural-development/grants.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council:

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. For more information visit: https://massculturalcouncil.org/about/

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