The Haverhill Cultural Council will award nearly $54,000 in grants for nonprofit programs

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The Haverhill Cultural Council invites applicants to share nearly $54,000 in state money for local arts and culture projects.

At WHAV’s request, the Board provided grant deadlines and requirements on Friday. Members said this year’s total Haverhill grant allocation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council was about $10,000 more than last year. Previous grants have contributed to events such as the Haverhill Art Walk, World AIDS Day, a summer concert series with the Merrimack Valley Concert Band, Whittier Birthplace’s Poetic Justice Day, and after-school art classes .

Grants are limited to $3,000 and applicants must engage in a publicity program to ensure all residents have an equal opportunity to participate in publicly funded activities.

Those seeking Haverhill Cultural Council grants can visit mass-culture.org/haverhill until the Monday, October 17 deadline. There is a question and answer session this Wednesday, October 12 via Zoom.

The Haverhill Cultural Council also elected new leaders last month. Tita Antonopoulos takes over as president in December, succeeding Nathan E. Webster III, who is stepping down after four years. John Hassan takes over as secretary of the board, replacing Kaitlin Wright. The group appointed by the mayor is looking for someone to fill the position of treasurer.

“I am thrilled to work with the team to provide grants to a diverse group of grantees and continue to highlight the incredible culturally diverse group of people and cultures that represents Haverhill,” said Antonopoulos.

Webster said he looks forward to what Antonopoulos will bring to the table, noting “she has been an asset in planning our annual multicultural festival.”

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