If you’re an artist, entertainer, organizer or community leader – and you have an event or project which could use some cash flow to help your idea succeed for the better of the community, then you should apply for a Worcester Arts Council Grant!! Read on to learn more…
The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is now accepting applications for its 2011 Grant Cycle. Grant funding is provided for the public benefit of the residents of Worcester, through an annual appropriation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.   The deadline to apply is October 15, 2010. Based on community input received during 2010, the Worcester Arts Council will give 2011 Grant Funding priority to collaborative community projects in the following categories:  arts education, public art, children’s programs, music, and the visual arts.

For 2011, WAC will accept applications for two types of grant programs:  Project Grants (to support public activities in the arts, humanities or interpretive sciences) and Artist Fellowship Grants (to assist artists in developing their artistic work outside the structure of a specific project or presentation).  For the 2011 grant cycle the Council has $74,270 available to distribute.  The 2010 Council grants ranged from $250 to $4,000.

The Grant Guidelines and application forms can be found on the web at http://www.worcestermass.org/arts-culture-entertainment/worcester-arts-council and are available at the main branch of the Worcester Public Library as well as the WAC office located at 44 Front Street, 5th floor.

WAC will host a grant writing workshop and artist social for all interested citizens on Thursday, September 30, at 6:30 PM, at WCUW Radio Station (front room) 910 Main Street, Worcester.

The Local Cultural Council Program, the second largest grant program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is a grassroots complement to the agency’s centralized grant programs. Allocations are made to all of Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns to support community cultural activities. The LCC Program is the most extensive system of its kind in the nation to support arts, sciences and humanities.

WAC (formerly known as the Worcester Cultural Commission) is a council whose nine members are appointed by the City Manager of Worcester for three year terms. The Council’s annual appropriation of state funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council allows for grants to be made available to the community through the guideline and application process. For over 35 years, the Council has awarded grants to individual artists, cultural organizations, neighborhood councils, teachers, public agencies, and cultural institutions for projects that take place in the City of Worcester. WAC is one of the few councils in the Commonwealth to offer Artist Fellowship Grants.