TOWNSEND -- The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents. Each year funds are given to each Massachusetts town/city. Many local town groups and school groups apply each year for these grants.

In fiscal 2013 the Townsend Cultural Council awarded $4,230 toward partial funding of 24 programs. The receiving applicants are as follows: Denis Cormier for HBMS; Hands on History: American Revoluntionary War, Fitchburg Art Museum; 79th Regional Exhibition of Arts & Crafts, Hawthorne Brook PTO; A Knights Tale, Myth Masters, Now Hear This: The Sound of Science, Animal Adventures, Dr. Donna Horvath for NMRHS; Elements of the Blues, Indian Hill Music Inc.; Bach's Lunch Concert Series, Dawn Kelley for the Townsend Senior Center; Music is Love, Project Graduation NMRHS; Caricature Artists, Magician David Hall, Spaulding Memorial School PTO; Amazing Hero Art, Origamido, Origami Paper Folding, Barynya Troupe, Science of Superheroes, Bubbleology by K.M. Johnson, Squannacook Early Childhood Center; Tidepools Alive, Steve Blunt, songwriter/singer, Townsend Historical Society Inc.; Patriots Encampment, Townsend Public Library; The Water Wizardry Show, Black Marot Live Music Performance, Louisa's Girls, Little Red Wagon Children's Theater and Jungle Encounters: Eyes of the Wild.