The Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest
grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting
thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities,
and sciences annually.
The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences
for every Massachusetts citizen.
Administered by 2,400 municipally appointed volunteers, the
LCC network consists of 329 councils serving all 351 Massachusetts
cities and towns. Each year, local councils award more than
$2 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide.
These include school field trips, afterschool programs, concerts,
festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film. LCC projects
take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care
facilities, town halls, parks, and wherever communities come
Individuals, schools, and
cultural organizations are eligible to apply for project support
from their local council. Funding for cultural field trips
is also available. Applicants should contact
their LCC before completing an application. Exemplary LCC
projects are eligible to be further recognized by the Gold
Please note: grants from LCCs are reimbursement-based. (The
applicant expends their own money, and if approved for a grant,
then submits paperwork for reimbursement.)