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Fall River Organizations Awarded Festivals Grant by MCC

On April 12th, the Mass Cultural Council announced recipients of their Spring/Summer FY22 Festival Grants, supporting 181 festivals for $271,500. Six organizations across Fall River have each received grants of $1,500 from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, through its Festival Program. The number of grants awarded is a testament to their hard work and signifies that Fall River provides significant public value through its programs and services.

Fall River Awardees:

Casa dos Açores da Nova Inglaterra for the Fabric Arts Festival.

The Fall River Arts and Culture Coalition for the Fall River Open Studios.

Friends of the Quequechan River Rail Trail for the Quequechan River Festival.

Good Shepherd Parish for the Good Shepherd Parish Portuguese Festival.

St. Stanislaus School for the St. Stanislaus Polish Festival.

Viva Fall River for the We HeART Fall River Festival.

Read the complete funding list online at

The Culture Council stated that they were thrilled to see many first-time applicants and new festival ideas emerge in communities. At the start of this fiscal year, the Agency increased the grant amount from $500 to $1,500 per festival. Of the 244 applications received in this round, 55% are new applicants to the program. Of the 183 grantees, 57% are first-time Festival grant recipients. The increased grant amount, support from the Agency’s BIPOC Outreach Coordinators, and the work of the Local Cultural Council network have all contributed tremendously to the success of this cycle.

Mass Cultural Council has a budget of $15.7 million, including an appropriation of nearly $14 million from the state of Massachusetts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. The agency also runs the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.

Mass Cultural Council funds reach every community in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences, to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the vitality of our communities and economy.

FRACC’s membership is composed of over 100 committed individuals, including artists, craftspeople, and creatives, as well as representatives from a wide variety of organizations and civic groups who recognize and believe in the power of arts and culture to bolster local economies and spur revitalization. There is no fee to join, and monthly meetings, which are open to all, are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5 PM at rotating member locations. To attend or join the Coalition, please email

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