FY24 Mission / Grant Priorities & Guidelines

Franklin Cultural Council Mission                                                                                           Franklin Cultural Council Logo
The mission of the Franklin Cultural Council (FCC) is to encourage participation and enhance opportunities for enrichment in the cultural arts and sciences throughout our community.  Comprised of committed residents, the FCC meets monthly with the purpose of supporting events and programs through grants from the Town of Franklin and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

FCC Council Priorities

For FY24, the Franklin Cultural Council will give priority to grant applications for projects and programs that meet one or more of the following:

  • are held within the Town of Franklin and/or are of the greatest benefit to Franklin residents.
  • are for events within the boundaries of the Franklin Cultural District, the vibrant, walkable area that surrounds Downtown Franklin. For a map of the FCD, visit franklinculture.org.
  • are service-oriented and best meet the needs of our community
  • elevate the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups to create a more inclusive cultural sector in Franklin
  • explicitly link the arts to emotional well-being in times of crisis, and contribute to personal and community resiliency

Applicant's project must be clearly related to the arts, humanities, civics, history or interpretive sciences, and embody the following values of the Massachusetts Cultural Council: Mass Cultural Council works to elevate our rich cultural life in Massachusetts. We partner with communities across the Commonwealth to expand access, improve education, promote diversity, and encourage excellence in the arts, humanities and sciences. Through our efforts, we make our state a better place to live, work, and visit for everyone.

  • Applicant's project must provide adequate public benefit for the Franklin community and provide adequate public access. Explanation of handicap accessibility of the venue, if applicable, must be included in application.
  • Applicant must have a clear, written commitment of event from sponsoring organization or venue.
  • Funding for applicant's project must not substitute for or replace other public funding of programs in the arts, humanities, civics, history or interpretive sciences.
  • Franklin Cultural Council funds are not intended to be used as the sole source of funding of projects.
  • Ticket prices for events will be taken into consideration during grant approval process and must be included in your application.

Applicants must take into consideration local and state public health guidelines in place at the time of their event. The Franklin Cultural Council acknowledges that public health crises disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and encourage applicants/applications that take this into consideration.

Acknowledgement of Franklin Cultural Council support must be given during the program or project and verification of such must be provided for grant payout.

Grant Applications open September 1st, 2023 and will close on October 17th, 2023.

Those interested in applying may access the application here: https://massculturalcouncil.org/local-council/Franklin/?fbclid=IwAR2CBD8d23UuQHxFTlVizfDNZ_u2znCTH0ifuabG2ytXt1OqUqCYvSY7n7M

Questions? Email franklinculturalcouncil02038@gmail.com

You can access a full webinar recording by the Mass Cultural Council that breaks down how to apply to your local cultural council grant program here.