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
Based on the 2015 Community Input Meeting hosted at the Westwood Public Library on Monday, May 11th, the Westwood Cultural Council (WCC) will make funding projects that reach residents of all ages a priority. The WCC is looking to give grants for community wide gatherings that celebrate local history and cultural diversity; schools programs to promote art education and field trips; and programs for residents ages 30-60 without a parenting theme. In the next two years, seniors without services and students affected by budget constraints, due to decreasing enrollment, will require supplementary programs.
In addition to funding priorities, the WCC Community Input Meeting uncovered a need for an increase in communication between local groups in regard to cultural opportunities and events held in Westwood. In response, a resident has begun work on "The Westwood Connection" as an independent project.
Grants are reimbursement-based. If approved for a grant, the grantee expends their own money on the project. Once the project is complete, the grantee submits paperwork for reimbursement to the LCC that approved their grant.
Application deadline is October 15.
A local council may approve grants for projects, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs.
Local council funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Massachusetts. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense.
Local councils may also choose to fund cultural field trips for children, grades pre-K through 12, by subsidizing the cost for children to attend programs in the arts, humanities and sciences (including performances, educational tours and exhibits).
Applicants may apply for grants for programs that take place during an 18 month window of eligibility between July 1, preceding the application deadline in October, and December 31 of the following year.on local councils, help publicize the statewide local deadline, assist in the distribution of applications and so forth.
Arts refer to the creation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and inter-disciplinary arts. In addition, they also include the presentation and preservation of, and education about works in these disciplines.
Humanities are types of learning that deal with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
Interpretive sciences are types of learning that deal with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Some organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.
Local council funds must be used to support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole, rather than benefiting any private individual or group. For example, an artist working with a small group of teens is a valid public benefit. Whenever possible, activities funded by local councils should be available to the general public by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means.
Salaries or stipends for outside artists, humanists, or interpretive scientists to lead cultural activities at schools, libraries and other municipal agencies (field trips, artist-in-residency programs, lectures, performances, etc.) are funded.