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
THESE PRIORITIES AND GUIDELINES WERE APPROVED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2014, AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR ALL OUR FY2015.
I. Purpose and funding priorities
The purpose of the Montague Cultural Council is to promote and maintain the vitality of local cultural resources and to ensure these resources are shared within the Montague community. The Council has an interest in supporting projects that creatively address and promote public dialogue.
The Council is committed to funding a diverse cross-section of activities and art forms. It supports the work of individual artists, environmental education projects, collaborative proposals that bring together art and humanistic agencies, and local cultural groups and organizations, all of which may serve specific populations including youth, elders, people of color, those with low incomes, and individuals with disabilities.
In 2010, the Council conducted a survey of 163 local residents of varied ages and income levels and diverse races. It used the results to refine its Purpose Statement and Funding Priorities. The Funding Priorities, in the order ranked by survey results, are:
1. Arts activities, workshops, classes, and/or projects in the Gill-Montague Regional schools and Franklin County Technical School, and field trips for students to museums or performances
2. Community-wide public events like concerts, festivals and plays
3. Projects and programs led by local artists, including classes, workshops, activities, exhibits, performances, and residencies
4. Environmental, nature, and science education projects
In 2013, the Council invited residents to a public meeting for input. From that meeting the Council rededicated the findings from the previous survey.
Generally, the Council seeks to approve grants for applicants that have not previously received an award from the Montague Council. Priority is given to applicants that have secured and confirmed a location for their proposed activity or project. Individuals and organizations are strongly encouraged to contact local venues as sites for performances, residencies, public displays, and other activities. Letters of support from participating venues are useful but not required.
The Council has determined that its allocation of funds is most effective when adequate funding is provided to as many artists and interpretive scientists as possible to maintain the council's capacity to reach a broad cross-section of the Montague community, while at the same time, providing enough support to each grantee to ensure high quality programming.
Applicants can be: arts, humanities, or interpretive science organizations; individuals, including artists, science educators, historians or other humanists, parents, or community members; or community organizations including, but not limited to, schools, social service organizations, civic groups, neighborhood centers, or youth, senior and family associations. Incorporated organizations must have nonprofit status; unincorporated associations must have a nonprofit purpose. Individual applicants are required to be residents of Massachusetts for at least one year; organizations must be organized and operating in the state for at least one year.
III. Evaluation of applications
Grant applications are evaluated based on several review criteria: artistic or creative merit; project design; qualifications and track record of the individuals and organizations involved; physical accessibility of any facilities being used; and Montague community benefit and involvement. Montague-based applicants and programs are given preference over those based in other towns.
Projects may include the participation of outside professionals. The Council seeks to support new, innovative projects rather than recurring requests. The Council has determined that its allocation of funds is most effective when larger percentages of its limited resources are provided to fewer projects that represent the potential capacity to reach a broad cross-section of the Montague community.
Proposals from schools and libraries cannot include requests for support of expenses that should be or have been part of the municipal budget (i.e. teacher salaries, classroom supplies, school-sponsored clubs and organizations, library books/videos).
IV. Timeline for applications
Send one original application including one set of relevant support materials and resume of key personnel; plus we strongly encourage nine (9) copies of completed grant applications for review by the mcc members. They must be postmarked by October 15, 2014. Send completed application packets to Montague Cultural Council, Montague Town Hall, One Avenue A, Montague, MA 01376-9558.
Application deadline: October 15, 2014
Notification of disapproved applications: November 15, 2014
Final notification of approved applications: on or before January 15, 2015
Grant period: One year from date of approval Notice
Final reports and payment requests due: by January 15, 2016
V. Application process
All applications must be typed or word-processed. The application form can be printed out at www.massculturalcouncil.org/applications/lccapp.html. Applicants can find hard copies at each of the Montague Libraries and the Montague Town Hall at 1 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA In addition, internet access is available at any Massachusetts public library.
Send one original application including one set of relevant support materials and resume of key personnel; plus we strongly encourage nine (9) copies of completed grant applications for review by the mcc members.
Send completed application packets to Montague Cultural Council, Montague Town Hall, One Avenue A, Montague, MA 01376-9558. Completed applications MUST be postmarked or delivered by hand to the Montague Town Clerk's office by October 15th, 2014.
Grant recipients are required to complete projects within 1 year of date of their approval Notice. Grant payments are made on a reimbursement basis, which generally take eight to ten weeks to process and disburse. Approved grant applicants are sent a reimbursement form to use for payment request.
Approved grant applicants are required to acknowledge support of their projects in all published materials and announcements. Verbal and written credit statements must note that the activities are supported by Montague Cultural Council grant funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Additionally, the Massachusetts Cultural Council logo, available at www.massculturalcouncil.org, can be used on written and online notices.