Bedford Cultural Council Grant Application Now Open

The Bedford Cultural Council has set an October 15, 2021 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. In these challenging times, artistic and cultural projects and activities are needed more than ever and there are grants available to support them.

Bedford Cultural Council grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in and around Bedford — including festivals and performances; lectures and workshops; arts education and enrichment programs for children and adults; nature, science, and environmental education projects; and projects celebrating local history and cultural diversity.

In addition to funding received through Mass Cultural Council appropriations, the Cultural Council is supported in part by funding allocated by the Select Board. Select Board liaison Emily Mitchell notes that "the Select Board is grateful to the Bedford Cultural Council for its support and encouragement of the arts, culture, and education in our community. We encourage individuals and community groups to apply for Cultural Council grants for FY22 to bring innovative and inspiring programs to the Town.”

 "We have so many talented folks living in town and the Bedford Cultural Council is here to support them. I encourage everyone involved in the arts and humanities to apply and take advantage of this incredible resource," said Bedford's State Representative Ken Gordon, a former Bedford Cultural Council Chair

“The Council works hard to encourage people in the community to apply for grants, then is put to the task of applying limited resources to fund worthwhile projects,” said Bedford’s State Senator Mike Barrett. “These grants ensure that Bedford's wealth of cultural groups will continue to thrive.”

Previously funded projects include such popular programs as:

Bedford Arts and Crafts Society: Series of Artist Demos and Workshops

Bedford Embraces Diversity: MLK Jr. Community Day

Bedford Free Public Library: StoryWalk Collection

Bedford TV: BHS Sports Live Streaming

Sarah Scoville: Bedford Utility Box Mural

Bedford Historical Society: September 2020 Preservationist Newsletter

The application is completely electronic, straightforward, and relatively easy to complete. Bedford funding priorities, local guidelines, and information are available online at https://www.bedfordma.gov/cultural-council and http://www.mass-culture.org/Bedford. The online application is available at https://massculturalcouncil.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp.

More detailed information on the grant process can be found at: https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/local-cultural-council-program/application-process/

If you have any questions, please email the Bedford Cultural

Council (BedfordMACulturalCouncil@gmail.com) or call Barbara Purchia at 781-275-2464.