In order to apply for an LCC grant, applicants must meet all eligibility and criteria requirements of the LCC Program.
For more detailed information, refer to the full LCC Program Regulations and Guidelines (PDF).
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Applications for field trips are accepted. (Formerly known as PASS applications.)
LCC Program Guidelines (PDF)
The postmark deadline for applications is October 15
Every three years, the Ayer Cultural Council gathers input from the community and develops funding priorities. Based on the August 2014 Community Input Survey, the Ayer Cultural Council will give funding priority to:
• Community wide events such as concerts and festivals
• Programs that serve families, youth, seniors and low-income population segments
• Local artists and cultural organizations
• Arts education in the schools and youth arts programs outside of school
• Programs that support nature and science.
In addition to the state criteria (public benefit, non-discrimination, no substitution, arts/humanities/interpretive sciences), applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:
• How well the program meets local priorities
• Programs that take place in Ayer and/or benefit residents of Ayer
• Applications from Ayers artists and organizations
• Demonstrated planning: a clear, concise statement of purpose, steps for successful implementation including promotion, audience, venue and date
• Diversity of age groups, cultural backgrounds and artistic disciplines
• Community support and involvement
• Financial need.
The wide range of supported activities includes a broad variety of art forms, ongoing work of individual artists and writers, collaborative projects on literature, and historical as well as environmental education.
Applicants can be:
Arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations; Individuals including artists, science educators, historians or other humanists, parents, community members, etc.
Community organizations including, but not limited to, schools, social service organizations, civic groups, neighborhood centers, youth, senior and family associations, etc. Incorporated organizations must be nonprofit; unincorporated associations must have a nonprofit purpose. Individual applicants are required to be Massachusetts’s residents for at least one year; organizations must be organized and operating in the state of Massachusetts for at least one year.
Applications must be submitted on the official application form. Application forms are available online at www.massculturalcouncil.org . Completed applications must be received or postmarked by October 15 or the next business day should the 15th fall on a weekend or holiday. Send application and support materials to the Ayer Cultural Council, 1 Main Street, Ayer, MA 01432.
Applicants must submit one set of supporting materials. Not necessary but helpful are letters of support/commitment from sponsoring organizations.
Projects must demonstrate their relationship to the town.
Projects must be completed within one year of the date of final written notice of grant award approved locally and by the state.
Events and activities must be held in physically accessible facilities.
Payments are on a reimbursement basis after the project is completed. Payment requests must document expenses with invoices, canceled checks, receipts and/or contracts.
The sponsoring group or individual must acknowledge LCC support in all published materials and announcements regarding the LCC supported event. The MCC logo is available at the MCC's website, www.massculturalcouncil.org or by contacting the MCC. The credit statement "This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ayer Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency." may be used as well. Failure to comply may jeopardize future funding.