Each year we provide funds to support numerous public activities in Medford in the areas of arts and culture, including lectures, concerts, festivals, performances, classes, and school field trips. The following link will provide application guidelines and instructions: Apply for grants.

Or go directly to the online application for Medford.

If you are a grant recipient, you should know that we have requirements for crediting and publicity; please consult this link for how to acknowledge your grant funding.

In 2016 we introduced new local priorities that will be used in our grantmaking for 2020. Because our allocation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council is now greater than $20,000, we are required to develop local priorities for the Medford community that will assist our decision making process. The first set of local priorities for the Medford Arts Council can be reviewed at this link: Local Priorities.

In 2018 we moved to a direct granting process for projects funded in 2019 and beyond, as part of a statewide pilot to transition away from a reimbursement-based program. This new approach seeks to reduce the financial burden on grantees and the administrative burden on the City of Medford.

Recently awarded grants can be found using the links below.

The funds we distribute are an annual allocation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) through their Local Cultural Council (LCC) program. For 2020, the MCC allocated $27,500 to Medford, an increase of nearly 19%!

An FAQ about the MCC is available online. The MCC makes thousands of grants directly to non-profit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and individuals artists, through funding programs that use arts, science, and the humanities to build strong, diverse, livable communities. The beneficiaries of these programs comprise a cross-section of the population and citizens in each Massachusetts city and town.

Our capacity to fund projects comes from our available funding. To learn more about our funding history, please consider reading our funding analysis.

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