Monday, January 14, 2019

Congratulations, 2019 Fairhaven LCC Grant Winners!

The Fairhaven Cultural Council is pleased to announce the Fairhaven Local Cultural Council Grant award winners for 2019!

In addition to demonstrating compliance with Massachusetts Cultural Council and local grant project guidelines, winning projects demonstrated the most benefit to our community and specifically for residents of Fairhaven, providing opportunities for all ages to participate in a variety of arts and humanities areas.

The projects awarded funding by the Fairhaven Cultural Council in 2019 are:
  • “Resourceful Composer, Resourceful Planet”: the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s Learning in Concert program for Fairhaven Elementary School students.   http://www.nbsymphony.org
  • The Cooke Memorial Park Basin Garden project 
  • Zeiterion Theater Field Trip for St. Joseph’s School students (April 2019)

*Supported by additional local funding from the Town of Fairhaven

Events and programs are offered at affordable or free ticket prices; many offer senior citizen discounts as well. Dates provided above are subject to change. Please visit the organizations’ web pages for complete and updated info about all of these projects, performances, and events.





Sunday, August 26, 2018

Application Cycle for 2019 Grants Begins Sept.1!


Each year, the Fairhaven Cultural Council, a local organization supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, awards Local Cultural Council (LCC) grants to support arts and cultural projects that directly benefit our community. Grant monies are distributed from both state and local funds designated specifically for this purpose. 
For the 2019 Grant Cycle, Fairhaven Council will again be participating in the Mass Cultural Council’s pilot program eliminating the requirement that awards made using the MCC allocation be reimbursement-based.  

During this pilot program, grant money will be available in full to grantees once their projects are approved. If you are awarded a grant, you will be required to submit a final report to the Local Cultural Council upon completion of your program verifying that your project was completed and grant monies were used as outlined in your application. 

The Fairhaven Cultural Council accepts online applications only. On September 1, 2018, online applications will be available from the MCC for LCC applicants via www.mass-culture.org. With this new system, applicants will complete their forms entirely online and upload any required supplemental materials by the October 15, 2018 deadline. 

For this grant cycle, applicants’ projects or events must take place between January through December 2019. 

The Fairhaven Cultural Council prioritizes projects that take place in Fairhaven and most directly benefit Fairhaven residents, as well as first-time applicants and new projects. Please refer to Fairhaven’s official MCC page for full local guidelines and council funding priorities. 


Council members would be happy to assist any applicants with the application process by appointment. Contact chairperson Abigail Hevey for assistance or with any questions at abigail.hevey@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Grant Award Winners!


The Fairhaven Cultural Council is pleased to announce the Fairhaven Local Cultural Council Grant award winners for 2018! In addition to demonstrating compliance with Massachusetts Cultural Council and local grant project guidelines, winning projects demonstrated the most benefit to our community and specifically for residents of Fairhaven, providing opportunities for all ages to participate in a variety of arts and humanities areas.

Projects funded this year include NBAM/ArtWorks! Teen Internship Program, New Bedford Symphony’s Learning in Concert program for East and Wood Elementary Schools, South Coast Children’s Theater’s “Mary Poppins”,  New Bedford Ballet in-school programs for East and Wood Elementary Schools, New Bedford Festival Theater’s production of “West Side Story”, “Combating Hate” Program at Hastings Middle School, transportation funding for Whaling Museum field trips for Fairhaven schools, New Bedford Folk Festival, Fishing Heritage Center’s “Exploring Fishing Heritage” lecture series, Seaglass Theater Company’s “Bernstein’s100th Birthday!” Concert, Shakespeare in Buttonwood Park, and the Greater New Bedford Choral Society’s 2018 concert season.

Support for the Local Cultural Council (LCC) grant program is provided annually by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as from the town of Fairhaven. Funding allotted by the town of Fairhaven is earmarked to support events that promote tourism and attract visitors to our local businesses. In 2018, town funds will be supporting the South Coast Children’s Chorus, the Millicent Library’s “Rock the Library” Summer Reading Kick-Off, John Dalton’s “Spheres of Influence” Concert, “No Irish Need Apply” Presentation at the Council on Aging, North Fairhaven Improvement Association’s “Music at the Gazebo” Community Concert, and Tri-County Symphonic Band.

Events and programs are offered at affordable or free ticket prices; many offer senior citizen discounts as well. 

Visit the Fairhaven council’s blog at http://fairhavenculturalcouncil.blogspot.com/ or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ FairhavenCulturalCouncil throughout the year for updates on when these projects will be taking place and links to more information.

The council is always interested in new members. If you are a resident of Fairhaven and would like more information about joining the council, contact chairperson Abigail Hevey.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2018 Grant Applications and New Pilot Program



Each year, the Fairhaven Cultural Council, a local organization supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, awards Local Cultural Council (LCC) grants to support arts and cultural projects that directly benefit our community. Grant monies are distributed from both state and local funds designated specifically for this purpose. 

For the 2018 Grant Cycle, Fairhaven Council will be participating in a new pilot program eliminating the requirement that awards made using the Mass Cultural Council allocation be reimbursement-based.  During this pilot program, grant money will be available in full to grantees once their projects are approved. If you are awarded a grant, you will be required to submit a final report to the Local Cultural Council upon completion of your program verifying that your project was completed and grant monies were used as outlined in your application.

The Fairhaven Cultural Council accepts online applications only. On September 1, 2017, online applications will be available from the MCC for LCC applicants via www.mass-culture.org. With this new system, applicants will complete their forms entirely online and upload any required supplemental materials by the October 16, 2017 deadline. 

For this grant cycle, applicants’ projects or events must take place between January through December 2018. The Fairhaven Cultural Council prioritizes projects that take place in Fairhaven and most directly benefit Fairhaven residents, as well as first-time applicants and new projects. Please refer to Fairhaven’s official MCC page for full local guidelines and council funding priorities. 


Council members would be happy to assist any applicants with the application process by appointment. Contact chairperson Abigail Hevey for assistance or with any questions at abigail.hevey@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer News

The results are in!

Thanks to all who participated in our 2017 Community Input Survey. We will use this information to inform our funding priority and guidelines to ensure that we are reflecting the needs and interests of Fairhaven residents.

The results will be discussed at our next meeting on Monday, August 21, 2017, 6 p.m., in the East Room at the Fairhaven Town Hall. Anyone interested in hearing about our survey results or contributing to the discussion are welcome to attend. Also, the council welcomes any resident over age 18 who would be interested in joining the council to meet the members and get more information about being a part of this appointed board.

We also have some upcoming council-sponsored events, including North Fairhaven Improvement Association's Music Night on Sunday August, 20, 2017. This free event for all ages will be held in Benoit Square from 5-8 p.m. and includes live music, classic cars, food, and dancing in the street!

Another council-sponsored event ahead for Fairhaven not to be missed is the 16th John Manjiro Festival on Saturday October 7, 2017 in Fairhaven Center from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. The Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society is currently accepting applications for vendors. Use the form below!






Friday, June 23, 2017

Take the 2017 Community Input Survey!

The Fairhaven Cultural Council would like to hear from you! 


The council is asking Fairhaven residents for their opinions about what types of arts and humanities-based projects should be prioritized for Local Cultural Council grant funding. Grant monies are provided by the state through the Massachusetts Cultural Council and from the Town of Fairhaven.

To participate, residents may pick up and return a paper survey at the Fairhaven Recreation Center, the Millicent Library, the Office of Tourism, and the Selectmen’s Office, or complete the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FRKQVM8

Deadline to complete the survey is July 21, 2017.

In addition, the council is always seeking new members and welcomes any Fairhaven resident interested in joining the council to contact chairperson Abigail Hevey at abigail.hevey@gmail.com for more information

Members will also be available to answer your questions and help you with the survey at the Fairhaven Farmers Market on July 16, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. on the lawn at the corner of Main St. and Huttleston Ave. (F.H.S./Tourism Office) weather permitting.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 LCC Winners!

The Fairhaven Cultural Council is pleased to announce the Fairhaven Local Cultural Council Grant award winners for 2017!

In addition to demonstrating compliance with Massachusetts Cultural Council and local grant project guidelines, winning projects demonstrated the most benefit to our community and specifically for residents of Fairhaven, providing opportunities for all ages to participate in a variety of arts and humanities areas.

Projects to be funded in 2017 include:
  • NBAM/ArtWorks! Teen Arts Internship Program
  • Symphony’s Learning in Concert program for East and Wood Elementary Schools
  • Millicent Library’s Summer Reading Kick-Off Concert with Jackson Gillman
  • Zeiterion Theater field trips for St. Joseph and East Fairhaven Schools
  • New Bedford Ballet in-school programs for East and Wood Elementary Schools
  • New Bedford Festival Theater’s production of “My Fair Lady”
  • Transportation funding for Whaling Museum field trips for Fairhaven students
  • Seaglass Opera’s “AmorĂ©” Gala Concert
  • Greater New Bedford Choral Society’s 2017 concert season.

Support for the Local Cultural Council (LCC) grant program is provided annually by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as from the town of Fairhaven. Funding allotted by the town of Fairhaven is earmarked to support events that promote tourism and attract visitors to our local businesses. In 2017, town funds will be supporting:
  • Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society’s 2017 Manjiro Festival
  • North Fairhaven Improvement Association’s Community Concert
  • Roger Tinknell’s “From Ireland to America” at the Council on Aging
  • Fairhaven Lions Club’s “Family Ties/Honoring Our Elderly” Community Event
  • Fishing Heritage Center’s “Work & Culture in the Fishing Industry: Three Photography Exhibits”

Events and programs are offered at affordable or free ticket prices; many offer senior citizen discounts as well. Check back on this blog and visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FairhavenCulturalCouncil throughout the year for updates on when these projects will be taking place and links to more information.

The council is always interested in new members. If you are a resident of Fairhaven and would like more information about joining the council, contact chairperson Abigail Hevey at abigail.hevey@gmail.com.