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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Grant Application FAQs 2016

For LCC applications due on October 17, 2016:

FAIRHAVEN CULTURAL COUNCIL IS ACCEPTING ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY. Visit www.mass-culture.org for information.

If you are considering applying for a cultural council grant, here are some suggestions from our council and answers to frequently asked questions:

What if I don’t have an exact date of my project?
The more specific the dates, the more likely your project will be viewed as viable and therefore be approved. If you don’t have an exact day scheduled, at least include a month you project your event or project to happen. If your project date changes after your grant has been accepted, please notify the council chair.
IMPORTANT: For the application cycle ending on October 17, 2016, projects being applied for must take place between January and December 2017. We cannot and will not reimburse for expenses billed for projects that occurred during 2016.

Who should the contact person be if I am submitting a grant on behalf of an organization?
Your contact person should be the individual who will be responsible for overseeing the grant for your organization or project. It does not have to be the same person as the applicant. It should be the person you or your organization expects to handle communications with our council throughout the year.
If your contact person changes after your grant has been accepted, please notify the council chair.

What if I don’t have a project venue or host?
We will not consider grants that do not have a host or designated venue. You should obtain a tentative commitment from a host and/or secure a venue before you apply. 

How many times may I apply for a grant?
Our council adheres to the state’s suggested redundancy policy of limiting funding for the same project to 3 consecutive years. 
Applicants may still apply with the understanding that their project may not be funded due to this policy, or applicants may wish to skip a year and apply in the future. We do consider all applicants, and reserve the right to support recurring projects when finances permit.
Also, an individual applicant may apply for different projects even if they have been awarded grants for other projects in the past.

How many copies of my application should I make?
No copies necessary-- the entire process is now online.

What types of expenses will an LCC grant cover?
LCC grants can be used for supplies, stipends, venue rental fees, ticket costs and transportation fees for field trips, advertising materials, and other expendable items that are part of a project that promotes arts, culture, and the/or the humanities. Capitol expenses may be applied for using the additional pages of the grant application, but please keep in mind the limited funds available for these grants. 

LCC funds may NOT be used for food/refreshments, expenses that should or could be paid for through a municipal budget, or projects that discriminate against population groups.
You will be expected to use the monies for the expenses you outlined in your grant budget form. 
For more information about specific funding allowances, please read the state guidelines.

How will you know if I use the grant monies for appropriate expenses?
We only pay out grant monies when we have your completed reimbursement forms, proof that the project took place, and proof that appropriate expenses have been purchased and paid for. 
You will need to submit invoices or receipts and proof that these items were paid for in order for your grant reimbursement to be processed. If the receipts are not itemized, you will need to explain why these expenses were appropriate for your grant.
You may not use these grant funds for another or similar project, it must be specifically used for the project parameters outlined in the original application.

Would the council pay a third party directly on our behalf out of our grant monies?
No. Cultural council grants are reimbursement only. The applicant, organization, or an individual affiliated with the project must have paid for the expense first, then an individual may be reimbursed for that payment. 
The council is allowed to reimburse an individual or organization who paid for project expenses even if it is not the named applicant, provided the appropriate forms, receipts, and W-9s have been submitted.

When would I be reimbursed for the expenses covered by the LCC grant? 
We ask that you submit forms and paperwork for reimbursement 3 to 4 weeks following the conclusion of your project. We will make the best effort to process that paperwork and get a check to you in 3 to 4 weeks. 

What happens if awarded grant money is not spent, submitted or completed late, or is not spent appropriately?
These circumstances may affect consideration of projects you apply for in the future.
We have limited funds and want to ensure that approved projects are followed through with and the awarded monies used appropriately, as is our duty. Past issues with applicant reliability may be a factor in future grant decisions.

What does it mean when it says I have to credit the Fairhaven and Massachusetts Cultural Councils?
In the event you are awarded a grant, the MCC requires that you publicize that the local and state cultural councils funded or partially funded your project. You should use the MCC logo whenever possible (found on the MCC site). Credit should appear on posters, in press releases, on programs, etc. You will need to submit proof that you have credited us when you submit your reimbursement materials. Failure to do so may result in refusal to reimburse funds or fund future projects.

What if I spent more on my project than the grant awarded?
We can only reimburse the amount that was awarded, even if you show additional expenses.

What if I don’t spend all of my allocation?
If you come in under budget, we will reimburse you the amount for which you submit receipts. Unused monies will be reallocated in the next grant cycle.  

Other questions? Contact chairperson Abigail Hevey at abigail.hevey@gmail.com

NEW!! Online LCC Grant Application Launches 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. For 2017, the council will be awarding approximately $8500 in grants from combined state and local funds. 

The council is also pleased to announce that the application process for LCC grants has changed to a new and easier online process thanks to the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Starting this year, the Fairhaven Cultural Council will be accepting online applications only. 

On September 1, 2016 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 17, 2016 deadline. 

New this year: 
  • Applicants must apply online at www.mass-culture.org
  • Applicants will no longer be required to make photocopies of their materials or mail any items, saving on application costs and time. 
  • Field Trip applications will now be streamlined into the Standard Grant application, no separate application forms needed. 

For this grant cycle, applicants’ projects or events must take place between January through December 2017. The Fairhaven Cultural Council prioritizes projects that take place in Fairhaven and that 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 this new process by appointment. Contact chairperson Abigail Hevey for assistance or with any questions at abigail.hevey@gmail.com

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Summer 2016 Events

The Fairhaven Cultural Council is pleased to announce 2016 summer events for all ages sponsored in part by our council! Visit the pages of these organizations to learn more...

Summer Reading Kick-off: "The Jester of Notre Dame" at the Millicent Library, June 30 at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium. Free admission.

2016 Massachusetts Walking Tour Concert: June 24, 6-8 p.m., Millicent Library Auditorium/Phoenix Bike Path. Free admission.

New Bedford Festival Theater Presents "Grease": Zeiterion Theater, July 22-31, evening and matinee performances. Ticket prices start at $40.