Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals

THE MAYNARD CULTURAL COUNCIL SEEKS FUNDING PROPOSALS for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs due October 15. Organizations, schools, and individuals can apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Maynard — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures. This year the council would like to have greater impact and will be funding a small portion of larger grants ($1,500 or more).  Grants typically range from $50 to $1500.

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.

Questions? Email 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.

Previously funded projects include:

  • Maynard Earth Day
  • Free Summer Concerts at Memorial Park
  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Maynard Fine Arts Theatre

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, 2021 and be completed by December 31, 2021. All applicants must reside or be located in Massachusetts and projects must benefit the local population.

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, 2020. The deadline for applying is October 15, 2020 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.