Grants Information

How does my organization apply for a grant?

Grant applications are typically due in October. All applications are online and are available at the
Mass Cultural Council Local Cultural Council Program site.

Please note that the Carlisle Cultural Council has the following guidelines in addition to the online application.

Carlisle Cultural Council FY21 Grant Priorities 

Approved 9/25/20; Revised 11/06/20 

Revisions/Additions are in bold

Program Purpose

The volunteer members of the Carlisle Cultural Council are committed to promoting the arts, music, history, culture and the humanities in Carlisle. We serve our community by supporting and producing both participatory and audience-based cultural and arts activities which benefit local residents. 

We know that lists of requirements can seem daunting. We want to encourage applications for a variety of experiences and are here to help should you have any questions.  


Preference will be given to Carlisle organizations and applicants. Non-Carlisle residents will be considered for programs directly benefiting Carlisle residents.

Programs in music, dance, visual arts, poetry, literature, drama, science and humanities for all age groups will be considered. Preference will be given to new programs and projects focused on cultural diversity (e.g. ethnic traditions). 

All applications must specify a committed date and venue for in-person or remote events. However, conditional grant awards may be made to allow flexibility in securing venues and dates in calendar 2021. Preference may be given to events that take place in Carlisle or venues that typically draw in a large percentage of Carlisle residents. 

We have adopted the Mass. Cultural Council recommendations for expanding the use of grants during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Operating support-based funding. Examples of operating support: Funding expenses for artist residencies, funding supplies for arts and culture programming, funding ticket subsidy programs, funding for the day to day operations of an organization that provides arts and culture programming, funding for individual artists materials to do their work, funding for streaming platforms for virtual programming.

COVID-19 relief efforts. Typically, relief grants cover: Losses experienced by the organization or individual – such as lost income or lost revenue related to closures, and/or expenses related to making their programming/work viable in the current COVID-19 environment – such as technology costs, costs associated with new safety requirements, etc.

For in-person and online events, accessibility, including physical and digital access (e.g. closed captions) should be thought of when planning project location and/or delivery. For the 2020-2021 grant cycle, applicants should indicate COVID-19 safety protocols for in-person events and indicate flexibility to deliver projects in different formats (i.e. online), should adjustments be needed due to Massachusetts safety recommendations.

Please tell us as much as possible about your project’s intended audience and/or participants, including the estimated number of Carlisle residents, age group recommendations, areas of interest, and appeal to under-served audiences. 

Applicants should indicate when they are co-sponsored by another organization and the level of commitment from the co-sponsor. If applying to other LCCs, be sure to include all possible LCC grant funds in your budget.

Please submit applications online. Applications provide for attachments that will help us understand how your program fits with the Council’s priorities. Correspondence, including any clarifications and notifications of awards will be done via email. Please be sure the email address on the application is one which will be used throughout the process. 

Grants typically range up to $500.

Post-award Requirements

Upon award, all grantees will be asked to include specific language regarding ADA accessibility on promotional materials, including directions to accessible entrances. All grantees will be required to send a press release or thank you letter to the Carlisle Mosquito, crediting the Carlisle Cultural Council, and include the Carlisle Cultural Council logo in promotional materials as approved in advance.

We can provide assistance in support of grant applications, especially to anyone requiring accommodation for a disability.

We appreciate your interest!

Access this information in PDF form here.