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Tewksbury Cultural Council Sets Deadline for Funding Requests

The Tewksbury Cultural Council has set an October 17, 2022 online application deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

The Mass. Cultural Council has opened the online application as of today, and only online applications will be accepted this year.  No paper forms will be accepted. Here is the link to the Tewksbury Page at the Mass. Cultural Council website, with access to the online application:  https://www.mass-culture.org/Tewksbury  

According to Council spokesperson Christian Panasuk, these grants can support a variety of cultural projects and activities in Tewksbury — including exhibits, festivals, concerts, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops, musical performances and lectures.

The Tewksbury 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.

Panasuk estimates that the 2023 grant total for Tewksbury will be approximately $18,000. Previously funded projects include Tewksbury’s Festival of Trees, Tewksbury Trails wildflower plantings, the Intersection Switch Box Art Project, new planting boxes and shuffleboard upgrades 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 offerings hosted in Tewksbury locations including the public library and senior center and in our school system.

“The Tewksbury Public Library has come to rely on the Tewksbury Cultural Council to provide critical funding for some of its most popular programs each summer,” said Robert Hayes, community outreach librarian at the Tewksbury Public Library. “This summer, for example, the Council funded six outdoor concerts on the library’s back lawn, which attracted more than 2,800 attendees. The library honored some of the music industry’s greatest all-time acts with wonderful performances by tribute bands. The library would not have been able to provide this popular summer concert series without the support of the Cultural Council.”

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.

For specific guideline questions and complete information on the Tewksbury Cultural Council, contact Christian Panasuk at 978-821-2335 or email us at tewksburyculturalcouncil@gmail.com.  

Link to the online application and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at: http://mass-culture.org/lcc_public_applicant_process.aspx 

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