Arts & Culture Grants

Cultural Development Grants

Worcester Arts Council Grants

The Worcester Arts Council receives an annual appropriation of state funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and makes these funds available to the community through competitive grant programs. WAC accepts grant applications for Individuals, Organizations and is one of the few local cultural types of council in the Commonwealth that offers Fellowships on an annual basis between mid-August and October 15th, with allocations made before the end of the calendar year.

Grants are issued to support arts, humanities and interpretive sciences; visual artists, performing artists, science educators, historians and other humanists; as well as community, business and civic groups, social service organizations, schools, neighborhood centers, and youth, senior and family associations.

Fellowship Grants: Assist individuals in developing their work outside the structure of a specific project or presentation. Artists in any discipline may apply. All Fellowship applicants must maintain a residential, commercial, or studio address in the City of Worcester.

Project Grants: Assist in the development of projects and programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.  Applicants must demonstrate a tangible benefit to Worcester citizens.  All grant applicants must maintain a residential, commercial, or studio address in Worcester County. All project grants must occur within the City of Worcester.


The Worcester Arts Council awarded a total of over $127,000 to 46 Worcester area applicants. The 2019 allocation also includes two $5,000 Artist Fellowships, awarded to individuals to assist in the funding of their endeavors in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences. This year WAC is proud to award Fellowships to two local artists: Scott Boilard and Thomas Lubelczyk.


All WAC grants are reimbursement based. A reimbursement request must be submitted with all required documentation. Reimbursement requests must be submitted within one year of the date of notification of the grant award. If a project cannot be completed as described in the approved grant application, a request for project modification or extension must be submitted to WAC using the Grant Amendment Form.

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