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Worcester Arts Council (WAC) Grant

Grants and Fellowships to Massachusetts Nonprofits, Individuals,
Schools, and Agencies for Arts, Humanities, and Science Support

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Worcester Arts Council (WAC)

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10/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants and fellowships to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, individuals, schools, libraries, and agencies in eligible locations to support the humanities, arts, and sciences. Funding is intended to promote access, excellence, diversity, and education in a range of disciplines, with the goal of improving the quality of life for residents and contributing to the economic vitality of the City of Worcester.

Grants are issued to support arts, humanities, 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.

The official WAC Funding Priorities for FY22 are:

  1. Project Categories: Projects that focus on Public Art, Arts Education & Instruction, and Children's Programs
  2. Cultural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Worcester. Projects should create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQX, refugee, immigrant, or person living with a disability.
  3. Locations: Projects that take place in or benefit areas of Worcester that are historically underserved.

Two types of grants are offered:

  • 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 WAC-funded projects must occur within the City of Worcester. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 159398

Estimated Size of Grant:

WAC typically awards a minimum of two fellowships in the amount of $5,000 each year. Additional fellowships in varying amounts may be made available at WAC’s discretion, subject to total available grant funds and the grant applicant pool.

Project grants have historically ranged from several hundred dollars up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

All expenses must be incurred in the calendar year of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects Grants: Individuals, artists, artist groups, arts and cultural organizations, community organizations, nonprofit organizations, associations that can establish a non-profit objective, public schools, libraries, and other municipal agencies are eligible to apply. Organizations and fiscal agents must have tax exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Project grant applicants must maintain a residential, commercial, or studio address in Worcester County. Post Office boxes do not meet this requirement and are not allowed.

Through its fellowship grants, WAC honors individuals who are innovative, demonstrate excellence in their field, and represent the best of Worcester’s creative community. Fellowship applicants must maintain a residential, commercial, or studio address in the city of Worcester.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The MCC is hosting an optional information session on the new application platform on Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 6-7:30 pm. Register at:

A virtual Grant Writing Workshop will be held Wednesday, September 22, 2021, from 7-8 p.m. on Zoom. Attendance is optional. All interested in learning more or applying for a grant may register here:

Pre-Application Information:

FY22 grant applications will be open through October 15, 2021, 11:59 PM.

For the first time, in FY22 WAC will make direct payments to both project and fellowship grant recipients. This means that all grants issued by WAC for FY22 will be paid upfront.

FY22 Changes:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Worcester Arts Council
455 Main Street, Room 409
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508-799-1400 X 31414

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