Hanover Cultural Council Fiscal Year 2021 Grant Cycle Begins!

The Hanover Cultural Council's annual grant cycle began on October 1st and runs through November 16th

Apply now for community arts grants through the Hanover Cultural Council. Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are due November 16, 2020.

Despite continued uncertainty with the Commonwealth’s FY21 budget, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and its local affiliate in Hanover have opened the process to apply for grants for the coming year.

The Hanover Cultural Council uses its share of state cultural funds, in addition to money raised at Hanover Day, to support arts, science, and humanities projects throughout the year. Although Hanover Day 2020 was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the local Council still expects to receive state funding once the budget is finalized. The exact amount has yet to be determined.

November 16, 2020 is the 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.  Applications and more information about the program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.

Past events have included the Summer Concert Series by the Parks and Recreation Department, the Drama Club Dinner Theater programs at South Shore Vo-Tech, funding for the Hanover Performing Arts Company, Pastel Painting Workshops, the Annual Hanover Day Art Exhibit, 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Local councils are allowed to raise additional money through events like Hanover Day.

For more information, contact Chris Haraden, Hanover Cultural Council Chairman at 781-254-3131, or charaden@comcast.net.