The Massachusetts Cultural Council's Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, local councils award more than $3 million in grants to more than 6,000 cultural programs statewide. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen.
Applicants may apply to the Local Cultural Council for projects, operating support, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs. Local councils may also choose to fund cultural field trips for children, grades pre-K through 12, by subsidizing the cost for children to attend programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences (including performances, educational tours and exhibits).
The Local Cultural Council application process can be quite competitive. Because of the large number of requests and the limited funds available for regranting, many Local Cultural Councils receive far more applications than they can fully or even partially fund. Average grants tend to be modest and are reimbursement-based, meaning the applicant expends their own money, and if approved for a grant, then submits paperwork for reimbursement.
Application Guidelines are available at: https://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public_applicant_guidelines.aspx
The Application process is fully explained along with an application form are available on-line at: https://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public_applicant_process.aspx
All grant applications must be filed by October 17, 2016.