The Topsfield Cultural Council is the local arm of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Its members are volunteers who are appointed for a two or three-year term by the Board of Selectmen. One of 335 local cultural councils in the Commonwealth, the Topsfield Cultural Council receives an annual appropriation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to fund cultural programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. In addition, through the Matching Incentive Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council matches funds allocated to the Topsfield Cultural Council by Town Meeting vote.
The purpose of the Cultural Council is to promote cultural activities in Topsfield through the distribution of those funds received from the State and the Town. The Council awards small grants to individuals and organizations that sponsor cultural activities. Applications for funding by the Topsfield Cultural Council are accepted from individual artists as well as organizations. Please consult the Mass Cultural website for eligibility requirements.
The grant application process for 2019 is now underway. All applications are done online through the Massachusetts Cultural Council website and must be completed by October 15, 2018. The Topsfield Cultural must be identified and preference will be given to those applicants whose event benefits the residents of Topsfield. Examples of some previous awards include the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra, programs at the Ipswich Wildlife Refuge, magic shows at the town library, entertainment at the Council on Aging, artist workshops, historical presentations and joint funding for the Concerts on the Green.
Application link: https://www.mass-culture.org/Topsfield