The Tewksbury Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15 deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for some $15,000 in funding earmarked to support cultural activities in the community. Only online applications will be accepted this year — no paper forms.
The Tewksbury Cultural Council will meet in November to award grants.
The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. According to Tewksbury Council spokesperson Christian Panasuk, grants can support a variety of cultural projects and activities in town, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.
Previously funded projects include Tewksbury’s Festival of Trees; Tewksbury Trails wildflower plantings; The Intersection Switch Box Art Project; new planting boxes at the Senior Center; and TMHS theatrical, musical and spoken-word performances. Especially popular have been artist performances, outdoor concerts and programs for children and adults hosted in Tewksbury locations including the public library and senior center and in our school system.
Individuals with community service projects that would benefit the town culturally, in line with the guidelines and priorities listed on our council webpage, are encouraged to apply.
Those interested can find more information on those guidelines here, and if you’re ready to apply, hop over to the Tewksbury page at the Mass. Cultural Council website, where you can access the online application.