Applications for 2023 MCC Grant Cycle opens Sept 1st.
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The 2023 Mass Cultural Council Grant Cycle is open for online (only) application Sept 1 - Oct 17, 2022. To apply and for information, visit:
About the LCC Program
Mass Cultural Council distributes funds to local and regional cultural councils, who then regrant funds to arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects that provide a public benefit in their own communities. Currently, there are 329 local and regional councils that represent all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The program is administered by 2,400 municipally appointed volunteers serving statewide.
A hallmark of the LCC Program is the emphasis on local autonomy and decision making. Councils are free to make funding decisions that best meet the particular needs and priorities of their community within the parameters of the broad state guidelines. Each LCC determines its own local eligibility requirements based on a community input process and these are incorporated into their council priorities and published to their profile page: https://massculturalcouncil.org/local-council/shelburne/
The LCC application process can be quite competitive. Because of the large number of requests and the limited funds available for regranting, many LCCs receive far more applications than they can fully, or even partially, fund. Average grants tend to be modest; the SCC is now directly-granted, meaning funding is provided up front to approved applicants and requires the applicant submit a completed W-9, grant agreement, and final report.
Applicants complete their applications online and submit them directly to the LCC to whom they are applying through the online system by the October 17 deadline. While all LCCs use the same basic application form, some may require supplemental materials from their applicants. These can be uploaded and attached to your online application.