The goal of the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts is to supplement the budgets of local arts organizations and individual artists in order to encourage diversity in arts presentations in the city and to provide broad-based arts experiences to the citizens of Melrose.
MMFA was created by Mayor Rob Dolan to assist Melrose artists and arts organizations in funding projects occurring in Melrose that benefit the Melrose community. The fund is administered by a committee of volunteers appointed by the Mayor who have demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the local arts landscape. MMFA is funded through the City’s annual budget.
MMFA seeks applications from Melrose artists and organizations to fund arts activities that will take place in Melrose. MMFA will assess each grant request for its local focus, its value to the community, and its innovative qualities. A successful grant will be one that benefits the community at large and exposes the community to some aspect of the arts. Preference will be given to projects that include an opportunity to share the outcome with the Melrose community in the form of a demonstration, art show, or performance.
MMFA grant monies are usually reimbursement funds, paid after the event has occurred and the appropriate paperwork submitted. All activities must happen in the fiscal year in which the grant is received. The MMFA Committee will review grants three or four times within a fiscal year, or in some circumstances, on an as-needed basis.
The MMFA is a Melrose-based and Melrose-funded organization that helps supplement the Melrose Cultural Council, which is part of a state agency. However, in many ways, the MMFA parallels the MCC and arts organizations are encouraged to seek funding from all available sources. The MMFA requires that all activities it supports include credit to the MMFA as a funding source.
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