Apply Now for Community Arts Grants through the Hanover Cultural Council 9/5/21

Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are due October 15, 2021

Have you ever wondered what happens with the funds raised at Hanover Day? Money from our annual celebration, plus Hanover’s share of state cultural funds, is used to support arts, science, and humanities projects throughout the year.

The Hanover Cultural Council has set an October 15, 2021, deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants to fund cultural activities in Hanover. These grants can support a variety of arts, science, and humanities projects, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

This year’s allocation to Hanover from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is $7,100, and additional funds are available thanks to the past success of Hanover Day. The Council will meet later this fall to review the applications and award the grants. The MCC has updated its website and the process is slightly different this year – all applications must be submitted online.

A webinar will be held on September 9, 2021 at 6 p.m. for applicants to introduce the new platform and procedures. Register at

Past events have included the Summer Concert Series by the Parks and Recreation Department, the Drama Club programs at South Shore Vo-Tech, funding for the Hanover Performing Arts Company, painting Workshops, Museum of Science Outreach program at Cedar Elementary School, several museum passes, and children’s programs at the John Curtis Library, and sponsorships of programs for the Walnut Hill Garden Club, South Shore Natural Science Center, Hanover senior center, and many others.

The Hanover Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the MCC, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Local councils are allowed to raise additional money through events like Hanover Day.

Applications and more information about the program are available online at

For more information, contact Chris Haraden, Hanover Cultural Council Chairman at 781-254-3131 or