Salem Cultural Council

The Salem Cultural Council is thrilled to announce the launch the 2021/2022 LCC Grant Cycle!!

FY2022 Local Grant Priorities:

Theme: Uplifting a Healthy Resilient Community

This year, the Salem Cultural Council will give priority to:
*Prioritizing projects that help Salem thrive during a period when the cultural community is looking to a brighter future in a creative and optimistic way
*Applicants who reside, work, have an organization in Salem or have an established partnership with an organization based in Salem.
*Programs that activate unexpected or underutilized canvases and performance spaces within the city of Salem.
*Programs that take place in Salem or benefit the residents of Salem.
*Programs that celebrate and promote the diversity of our community.
*Programs that are educational and accessible for the community, regardless of age or ability.

In addition to the state criteria, applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:
*How well the program meets our local priorities
*Evidence of track record and dedication of the applicant
*Ability to address the diverse cultural needs of a community's underserved populations
*Demonstrated planning (i.e. the ability to complete the project within the cycle year)
*Financial need
*Click Here to Review the Complete MCC LCC Program Guidelines

For the FY22 Grant Cycle, the Salem Cultural Council is once again participating in the Supplemental Grant Pilot Program, which means that approved grantees will receive their funding upfront, not on as a reimbursement. For questions about this new process or any other grant related topics, please email

FY22 Available Funding Allocation: $25,400

Deadline: Applications are due Friday, October 15, 2021 by 11:59pm

How to Apply: 
All applications must be submitted digitally. Click "Apply Now" below to be taken to the online application portal and begin your application process.

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The Salem Cultural Council is the Local Cultural Council (LCC) for the City of Salem and is part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council's LCC network across the Commonwealth. The Salem Cultural Council is eager to award grants to individuals and organizations that are based in Salem, MA as they work to bring arts and cultural opportunities to our community.

2021 Grant Recipients:

Wonderland Spectacle Co. Art Video for Kids

African American History Walking Tour

Celebration of Racial Diversity

The Reaping Season

Salem Arts Festival - Collaborative Community Art Project

Negro Election Day Virtual Museum

Salem Film Fest 2021 - Salem Community Tickets

Bringing Back the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA

Storytelling with Valerie Tutson: The Right to Liberty and Tales from African Traditions

Shakespeare and Social Justice

For Questions, please email the Salem Cultural Council directly at

Council Members: As proud residents of Salem, we hope to find meaningful ways to contribute to the vibrant arts and culture scene in our city by awarding grants, supporting community events, and collaborating with the local organizations that bring arts and culture to life in Salem.

For more information about the Salem Cultural Council, please contact us at or visit our website!

Staff Contacts

Board Members

Name Title
Matthew Cornell Member (6/23/23)
John Dobroski Chair (6/27/23)
Jess Conger-Henry Member (6/12/24)
Samuel Lim Member (6/12/24)
Kendall Trey Walsh Member (6/12/24)
Allie Shvonski Member (4/8/24)
Ziggy Hartfelder Member (6/9/24)
Melissa Stockbridge Member (6/9/24)