Maynard Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals

Would an arts and culture grant help you or your organization? Consider applying for the Maynard Cultural Council Local Grant program. Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are being accepted from now through October 15.

These grants can support a variety of projects and activities in Maynard — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, performances, workshops, lectures, etc.

The Maynard Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Maynard Cultural Council will distribute a total of approximately $6,300 in grants, which will be divided into individual grants ranging from $50 to $1500, to support arts, humanities, and science programs benefiting the Maynard community. For more information on the Council and local guidance for this grant program, contact Jeff Swanberg at culturaldistrict@townofmaynard.net.  Application forms and more information about this Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org and at https://www.mass-culture.org/lcc public applicant guidelines.aspx.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can apply?
Individuals, organizations, agencies, schools, and non-profits may apply for grants that support activities in culture, humanities, arts, and sciences publicly benefiting the local community. Projects must take place between January 1, 2020 and be completed by December 31, 2020. All applicants must reside or be located in Massachusetts.

How do I apply?
Applicants must be submitted online via the MCC website https://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx. The application is open as of September 1, 2019. The deadline for applying is Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

What makes a good application?
Each year we receive more requests than the funds that are available. The success of your grant may rely on careful planning and thorough preparation. Clearly identify dates, times, and locations. Include all costs in your budget, including in-kind donations (free use of space or donated services). If permits or extra permission are needed, please identify them. If this is a collaborative project, please identify the stakeholders and spell out agreements.