About the Council:
The Rochester Cultural Council (RCC) is a part of a network of local cultural councils that serve every city and town in the state, and are guided by a central agency, the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The mission of the MCC and its local cultural council partners is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.
The Rochester Council funds local programs with grant money awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Special priority is given to non-profit applicants from the town of Rochester, and to surrounding community projects that would achieve the most benefit to Rochester. The MCC is funded by appropriations from the state legislature and from the National Endowment for the Arts. The amount of money allocated to each community is determined by using one of the state's local aid formulas established by the legislature. In 2017, Rochester received $4,400 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Who We Are:
The RCC is comprised of a group of volunteers appointed by the Rochester Board of Selectmen for 3 year terms. All members of the Rochester Cultural Council are appointed due to their belief that the arts are a source of joy, growth, and fun for our community.
Cultural Council members:
The Rochester Cultural Council Funding Priorities include:
Applying for a Grant/Deadlines:
The RCC reviews each grant application very diligently.
The RCC has been able to fund the majority of grants requested in the past several years. In Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017, the council approved 28 grants. The complete Funding List for Fiscal Year 2017 can be viewed at: mass-culture.org/Rochester. Grantees for 2017 include: Friends of Old Rochester Drama, SouthCoast Children's Chorus, and Mayflower Camerata presenting two performances of Handel's "Messiah."
A small sampling of completed 2016 grant funded programs can be seen in the photos at the top of this page. In order of photos, they are:
Contact the Cultural Council: