The Andover Cultural Council is calling all local artists, organizations, schools and residents desiring grants for projects.

Money for locally-based projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences will be awarded. The grant application period runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 16.

This year’s funding timeline is later than usual because of pandemic-related delays in the overall state budget deliberations.

There are over 300 local cultural councils serving the state and each receives its funding from the state legislature.

The total amount of funding for this year is not yet available, as it depends on the passing of the state budget. The Andover Cultural Council received just over $9,000 in grants for artists and organizations in town last year.

Andover Cultural Council Chair Leslie Seaton Malis said there are three priorities for this year's grant winners: projects that can take place virtually, at a safe distance or are otherwise not dependent on a physically-present audience.

“Our local cultural landscape was pretty devastated by the events of the past six months. A number of projects that we funded last year have not yet been able to take place because of distancing and safety requirements. Incomes and revenues have disappeared, and many of our groups and artists are struggling to exist, let alone re-define themselves and forge ahead in this new cultural landscape,” Seaton Malis said.

The local council will also look to support projects that focus on diversity, inclusion and Andover’s broadening cultural base.

“We’re aggressively seeking new and exciting proposals that address cultural change and reach all segments of our town, particularly ones that may have been overlooked in the past,“ she said.

For more information on guidelines and the application process, go to andoverculturalcouncil.org or email ACC01810@gmail.com. Complete guidelines and application forms are also available online at mass-culture.org.

 

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