The deadline for 2023 Cultural Council grant applications is Monday, October 17, 2022. Anyone may apply for funding and the range of programs funded in the past has been very broad — a good idea is what counts. The Council requires only that the applicant have a local sponsor and that the program clearly benefits Winchester directly (see also "local priorities" on this page).
Applications are evaluated in terms of several review criteria: artistic or creative merit; project design; qualifications; dedication and track record of individuals and organizations involved; physical accessibility of any facilities being used; and community benefit/involvement. Enrichment projects utilizing outside professionals are allowed. Winchester based applicants are given preference over those from out of town. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a Winchester sponsor.
Who is eligible? (a) Arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations, (b) individuals including artists, science educators, historians or other humanists, parents, community members, etc.; and (c) community organizations such as schools, neighborhood centers, churches and religious organizations, and youth, senior and family associations. For-profit businesses are not eligible to apply (but may benefit by working on a funded project).
Completed applications must be received by October 17, 2022. All applications must be completed and submitted online. Note that the application system was changed in 2021, and you might need to create a new account—see the FAQ. The MCC has recorded a webinar on YouTube that explains the 2022 program and walks you through the application process.
Click this link to access the online application.
Decisions will be made by the end of the year, and applicants are notified by January 2023. Grant funds are available immediately following notification of approval.