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 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

Monday, August 22, 2016

Grant Application FAQs 2016

For LCC applications due on October 17, 2016:


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

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

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
  • 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

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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Events

Spring is here! There are some Fairhaven Cultural Council-sponsored events around the corner. Please contact these organization for more information:

The Art of Fairhaven exhibit at Art on Center Exhibit Opens April 30, deadline to drop of entries is April 27. Related workshops available. For moe info, click on the images, or visit

The Greater New Bedford Choral Society, with conductor Gerald P. Dyck and accompanist Chris Ricci, will present its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford.  The program consists of three choral works composed by Director Dyck:  The Beatitudes of Jesus, Lines from Tennyson’s Ulysses, and The Rubiayat of Omar Khayyam.  Joining the chorus will be soprano Elizabeth Heath and baritone Gabriel Alfieri.  It will be the farewell concert of our accompanist of nineteen years, Chris Ricci, who will play Albinoni’s poignant Adagio on the pipe organ.  
$15 tickets are available at the door, from any chorus member, or online at  Children 12 and under accompanying an adult are admitted free of charge.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Announcing the 2016 Fairhaven Cultural Council Grant Winners!

The Fairhaven Cultural Council is happy to announce that we were able to distribute more than $6,000 to 15 local organizations this year.

Funds distributed from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Town of Fairhaven help develop a variety of cultural programming that benefit the children and residents of Fairhaven and its surrounding towns.

“Each year we get such great applications, and we aim to fund as many diverse projects as we are able to, including school performances, local art shows, field trips, and concerts,” says Kristine Daniels, council chairperson.

The Fairhaven Cultural Council aims to bring a mix of cultural programming to people of all ages living in the community. This year, we awarded 15 projects, including internships in the arts and several concerts, performances, and art shows. Overall, these projects have the potential to reach hundreds of local residents and students.

“We encourage everyone to get out there and support arts and cultural programming – there are so many amazing educational and entertaining programs produced locally,” says Daniels.  

The 2016 grant recipients and projects are:

New Bedford Festival Theatre, Inc.:"Grease" 2016 Production

Greater New Bedford Choral Society:GNBCS Winter and Spring Concerts

Art on Center:The Art of Fairhaven 2016 Exhibit and Workshops

Nura Walters:Business of Art Internship Program

SouthCoast Childrens Theatre, Inc.:"Annie" 2016 Production

The Marble Collection, Inc.:The Marble Collection Publication for FHS students

Alex O'Brien Feldman:"The Jester of Notre Dame" at the Millicent Library

New Bedford Art Museum:Teen Artist Internship Program (TAIP)

St. Joseph's School:Zeiterion Theatre Field Trip

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra:"Learning In Concert" Elementary School Programs

Henry Lappen:Henry the Juggler Show at Fairhaven Rec Center

New Bedford Ballet:"Bringing Academics to Life"FPS School Programs

New Bedford Whaling Museum:Fairhaven Schools' Museum Field Trips

Mark Mandeville:2016 Massachusetts Walking Tour Concert
on the Fairhaven Bike Path

To learn more about each program throughout the year, visit the Fairhaven Cultural Council’s website at or follow their facebook page at

The Fairhaven Cultural Council has one grant cycle each year, open to any individuals or organizations providing cultural programming to residents of Fairhaven. The grant cycle opens each fall in mid-September; to learn more about how to apply, please visit the Fairhaven Cultural Council’s local page at

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December Events!

50th-Anniversary Celebration
Friday, 4 December, 2015          
Grace Episcopal Church, County & School Streets, New Bedford
8 pm

Sunday, December 13, 3:00 PM
Medieval Nativity Songs
"Magnificat" by Giovanni Baptista Sammartini
Contemporary Christmas Songs from England & USA

First Unitarian Church
71 8th St. (corner of Union St.)
New Bedford, MA 

Tickets: $15 - Adults, $12-children 12 and under accompanied by an adult

Tri-County Symphonic Band and Tri-County Music Association, Inc.

Annual Children's Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 13, 2015
1:30 PM

Multi-Purpose Room
Sippican Elementary School
16 Spring St, Marion, MA
'Tis the season to be with the Tri-County Symphonic Band as we celebrate the holidays with a free concert that has the young and the young at heart in mind. We are delighted to bring back the Sippican School Concert Choir as they will be joined by other local school choirsters as they lift their voices with the band and invite everyone in on a Sing-a-Long.