The Andover Townsman
---- — The Andover Cultural Council is looking to the start of its 2014 funding cycle, and issuing a call for proposals from nonprofit organizations, artists, schools and residents interested in receiving grants for locally based projects. Funding is available for programs related to the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.
To help publicize the funding opportunity, members of the council will be on hand for Andover Day on Saturday to explain the application process and answer questions.
Council co-chairwomen Judith Farzan and Leslie Seaton Malis said the process is competitive because the council routinely has more applicants than it can fund.
In past years, the council has held workshops at the library to provide an overview on the grant program. But the group feels Andover Day offers an opportunity to reach out to a larger field of potential applicants.
“We want everyone to have the best possible chance at receiving a grant, so we absolutely encourage anyone thinking of applying to stop by, and discuss their project,” the co-chairwomen said in a release. “We are especially seeking proposals that reflect Andover’s diversity, projects that involve collaboration between community groups, and proposals from groups or individuals who may not have previously applied or been funded.”
The Andover council’s recent allocation of $4,720 in available funding from the commonwealth marks a slight increase over recent years. Farzan and Malis said that while small, the increase is an important recognition of the need for greater public investment in the arts.
“With every year, Andover is growing, and becoming more culturally and artistically diverse,” they said. “And a thriving creative sector is integral to a community’s livelihood, its economics and quality of life.”
Last year, Andover distributed funding to 16 recipients, supporting activities ranging from concerts, dance and theater performances to children’s educational programs and senior citizen events.
On Saturday, the cultural council will share a table in front of CVS on Main Street with representatives of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with the Addison for this event,” Malis said. “One of our aims is to promote greater collaboration and support within Andover’s cultural community.”
The application deadline for this year’s funding cycle is Oct. 15. For more information, email the council at ACC01810@gmail.com. Complete guidelines and application forms are available online at www.mass-culture.org