Bedford Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals before November 16

The Bedford Cultural Council has set a November 16, 2020 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. In these challenging times, artistic and cultural projects and activities are needed more than ever and there are grants available to support them

Bedford Cultural Council grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in and around Bedford — including festivals and performances; lectures and workshops; arts education and enrichment programs for children and adults; nature, science, and environmental education projects; and projects celebrating local history and cultural diversity.

“The Select Board values the great work of the Bedford Cultural Council in supporting local artists and educators who bring innovative cultural programs and events to our residents. We encourage individuals and community groups to apply for this year’s grants.”

“It is always amazing how many people in our community have submitted fantastic applications and I would encourage our artists, educators, and others involved in the humanities to apply” said Bedford’s State Representative Ken Gordon, a former Bedford Cultural Council Chair.

“The Council works hard to encourage people in the community to apply for grants, then is put to the task of applying limited resources to fund worthwhile projects,” said Bedford’s State Senator Mike Barrett. “These grants ensure that Bedford’s wealth of cultural groups will continue to thrive.”

The Bedford Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Previously funded projects include such popular programs as:

  • Bedford Arts and Crafts Society: Series of Artist Demos and Workshops
  • Bedford Embraces Diversity: MLK Jr. Day Community Breakfast
  • Rotary Club of Bedford: Composting at Breakfast with Santa
  • Kammerwerke Double Wind Quintet: Three Concerts
  • The Bedford Citizen: The 2020 Voter Guide

For local guidelines and complete information on the Bedford Cultural Council, contact Barbara Purchia at  781-275-2464 or [email protected].

Application forms and more information about the Bedford Cultural Council Program are available online at

It’s not too late to participate in the Community Input Survey.  Help us understand the types of programs and events that are important to you!

To participate in the survey, please click here: Bedford Cultural Council Community Input Survey.

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