Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Franklin Cultural Council announces Grant Workshop and Online Application Schedule for 2019

The Franklin Cultural Council is calling for funding proposals from organizations, schools, and individuals. Council grants support a variety of art, science, and humanities projects in Franklin—including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or workshops, lectures, and performances in schools, the library, the senior center, or for the community at large. 

Online applications will be available from Sept. 1 through Oct. 15, 2018 for 2019 grants. Only online applications will be accepted this year, and can be accessed at Proposals that are past the deadline will not be considered.

To help applicants in preparing an effective funding proposal, the Council will hold a grant writing workshop on Sept. 6 at 7:00 PM in the 3rd Floor Training Room of the Franklin Municipal Building at 355 E. Central Street, Franklin.

The session is open to non-profit cultural organizations, artists, schools, and residents interested in applying for funding from the Franklin Cultural Council. The workshop will walk attendees through the online application and answer any questions about the grant process. In addition, FCC members will be on hand to discuss specifics of individual project proposals to give advice and suggestions. To RSVP or for any questions, please e-mail Stacey David, FCC Chair, at

"We really encourage applicants to attend the workshop as well as carefully read the grant application guidelines and grant priorities, which can all be found on our website," says FCC Chair Stacey David. "We are very pleased that the Town of Franklin increased our budget this year, and hope to fund more projects than we were able to in the past. We have also established new Council Priorities, which gives priority consideration to projects that meet certain criteria, including programs that engage girls in science, those that involve events held within the newly demarcated Franklin Cultural District, new programs or applicants, and, as always, those that are held in or benefit residents of Franklin."

While grant allocations have yet to be announced from the FCC's state funding source, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the FCC anticipates disbursing approximately $12,000 in grants for 2019. In addition, a separate grant cycle will be conducted for ArtWeek-specific grants, which will open for applications on Dec. 15, and close on Jan. 31. 

Previously funded projects include: programs/field trips for many of Franklin’s schools (public and charter), Concerts on the Common, Franklin Downtown Partnership Harvest Stroll, LiveArts concerts, FPAC's Whatever Theater Festival, Southeastern MA Community Concert Band, and the Franklin Art Association, to name a few.

The Franklin 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.

Franklin Cultural Council announces Grant Workshop and Online Application Schedule for 2019
Franklin Cultural Council announces Grant Workshop and Online Application Schedule for 2019

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