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The WCC will host an informal grant information session on September 11th at the Watertown Library, Mastrangelo Room from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All applicants are welcome and encouraged to attend. Applicants may wish to start drafts of their applications before the session, so they can have specific issues addressed by Council members.


Only on-line applications will be accepted. To complete a formal application, go to www.mass-culture.org, click on “Applicants.”

All applications will be reviewed by WCC members based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic and creative merit must be clearly demonstrated;

  •  Arts and humanities applicant qualifications should include resumes, biographies, and/or related press materials about project leaders;

  •  Budget must be as complete and detailed as possible. Please list how the requested WCC funds will be used towards the proposed project. As an example: “$500 is being requested to support or conduct two performances; $300 will be used towards performer costs; $150 will be used to rent related audio-visual equipment; and $50 will be used to pay for advertisements and promotional materials;

  •  Applications that include a public performance must show evidence of acknowledged contact with the proposed Watertown venue, and where possible, a specific agreement for date, time, and other relevant commitments to the proposed project. Include any required permits or signed releases:  this includes police permits, Recreation Department permits, and other affiliated organizations’ event guidelines. For outdoor events, it is strongly recommended that a rain date be scheduled upfront, with appropriate town agency approvals. This should be done prior to submission of the grant proposal. If your proposed project requires State or Town permits (e.g., painting a mural on a building in the Town), please review what is necessary and detail in your application, how you will meet the requirements. The WCC can only provide limited guidance and support in permitting issues.

  • Applicants should provide specific plans for how the program or event will be promoted/publicized in order to include a diversity of participants. If you have contacted other potential funders, please submit any letters of commitment you have received, in support of your application. 

·        The WCC typically receives more in funding requests than funding available; it is rare that we will provide full funding for a project. It is, therefore, very helpful to solicit funding from multiple sources, to collaborate with other organizations that may assist with partial funding, and to seek creative ways to minimize expenses. Include a list of additional funding sources and amounts requested, plus any letters of commitment.

·        Previous recipients of WCC funding:  WCC funding is not meant to provide ongoing support; In order to provide funding for a variety of different organizations, WCC will not fund the same project for more than three consecutive years.

·        As partial awards are common, please detail how the project may be completed, if full funding is not awarded. If the project cannot be completed without full funding, please state so in the application.

·        Please identify prior funding from the WCC (Year; Project; Amount Awarded; and Amount Expended).