The grant application portal is now open!  Check out the Massachusetts Cultural Council website for this process.  **NOTE: The deadline for the submission of applications has been extended.  NEW DEADLINE:  December 14, 2020

The Massachusetts Cultural Council published an update to the FY-21 guidance on October 28, 2020, which can be found here.  The update suggests strategies for managing the grant cycle in the context of the ongoing pandemic.

The Lexington Council for the Arts will be awarding MCC funds to individual artists, musicians, performers, arts and cultural organizations and schools. The amount of funding will depend entirely on the arts and culture support provided for MCC through the state budget. See the MCC pressroom for the latest updates.

Local Cultural Council Grants are awarded to community cultural projects that support the cultural vitality of the community as a whole. Individual artists, art and humanities organizations and community organizations may apply for these grants.

Applications are evaluated in terms of several review criteria: artistic or creative merit; benefit to the cultural life of Lexington; project design; qualifications, dedication and accomplishments of the individuals and organizations involved; accessibility of the program and of facilities being used; community support and involvement; and financial need. Our priority is to support locally based non-profit arts and cultural organizations and local individual artists where local support or community involvement has been demonstrated.  Also of interest are first-time funding of programs or projects and emerging artists or arts organizations that have demonstrated artistic merit. Due to limited resources and the LCA’s interest in supporting numerous and diverse programming, we do not ordinarily grant more than $500 per applicant/organization.

Application forms and specific guidelines are available at Individual members of the Lexington Council for the Arts may be contacted for more information.

The Lexington Council for the Arts is part of a grass-roots network of 329 local councils, administered by 2,400 municipally appointed volunteers, serving all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns.  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. Massachusetts Cultural Council provides state funds to cities and towns to regrant at a local level.

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