Cultural Grants

The Amesbury Cultural Council solicits grant requests, selects recipients, and awards funds made available annually from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for artistic and cultural projects and programs in and around Amesbury. 



Applicants may apply to a Local Cultural Council for projects in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences. Amesbury Cultural Council is your local council if you live in Amesbury or would like to propose a project to benefit the Amesbury community.

Grants can be awarded for activities based on local priorities and needs and can also include operating support, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships, or cultural field trips for children, grades pre-K through 12.


The 2022 Grant Cycle is now open! All applications are due by Friday, October 15th, 2021.

Click here for complete Application Guidelines from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Visit our Local Council Page on the MCC site for our ACC local guidelines.

The application process is slightly different this year. All applications must be submitted through the MCC's new system. Feel free to attend the MCC's Webinar at 6pm on September 9th for more information.

Children's Concert in the Pines
Children's Concert in the Pines

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Sculpture at Maudslay
Sculpture at Maudslay

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Children's Concert in the Pines
Children's Concert in the Pines

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Children's Concert in the Pines
Children's Concert in the Pines

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2021 Grant Recipients...


Light Bright Art | Second Nature Arts / Amesbury Public Library

Historical Scavenger Hunt | Amesbury Carriage Museum

Aperture on Amesbury Exhibit, 2021 | Amesbury Carriage Museum

Family - Maker Day in the Millyard | Amesbury Carriage Museum

Generations of Fun: Songs & Stories for All Ages | Davis Bates / Amesbury Senior Center

Jumpin' Juba Concert | Steven Hurlbut / Amesbury Senior Center

Color Blind | Whittier Home & Museum

A Christmas Carol | Fran Baron / Amesbury Senior Center

Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight | Waterfall Productions / The Towers

Musical Baseball Show | Howie Newman / Amesbury Senior Center

Amesbury Heritages Alive! Ten Puppet Shows | Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. / Amesbury Public Library

Wonderland Spectacle Co. Art + Nature | Gregory Cook

Equipment Upgrade | Byfield Community Arts Center

Newburyport Chamber Music Summer Festival 2021 | Newburyport Chamber Music / Greater Newburyport and Hausmusik in Amesbury

Newburyport Documentary Film Festival | / Newburyport: Firehouse Center for the Arts / The Screening Room

Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay 2021 | Open Air Sculpture Group / Maudslay State Park

2021 Spring Panto | Theatre In The Open / Maudslay State Park

Salisbury Art Stroll | Town of Salisbury

Things to remember:

  • Grants are made on a reimbursement basis only. Please submit your reimbursement request no later than January 15, 2022.

  • Project modifications or extensions must be requested in writing and should not significantly alter the original purpose.

  • Funding may not be used for capital purchases or for food and beverages.

  • You are required to acknowledge the financial support of the Amesbury Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council in published materials and announcements about your project. Complete credit & publicity requirements can be found in Credit & Publicity Kit on the MCC website.

  • The Amesbury Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council logos required for credit can be found here.

When your project is complete:

  • Download a copy of the reimbursement form to submit for payment, along with invoices or receipts that demonstrate how the funds are used

  • Include marketing pieces or communication that demonstrate that you have appropriately credited ACC and MCC.

  • All materials should be sent to:

Amesbury City Hall

attn: Amesbury Cultural Council

62 Friend Street

Amesbury, MA 01913


​Reference Grant Recipient Provisions on the MCC website for a complete description of requirements for grant projects.

For Grant Recipients...