BELMONT CULTURAL COUNCIL SEEKS FUNDING PROPOSALS

Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are due October 16, 2017. Awards typically range between $200 – $800 for events occurring between January and Sept 2018.

The Belmont Cultural Council has set an October 16 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson Juliet Jenkins, Chair, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Belmont — including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

Last year, the Belmont Cultural Council distributed about $5,000 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Literacy on the Lawn, a free outdoor book-reading/nature/live animals event by the Belmont Women’s Club; Which are the Best, Birds vs Insects, an outdoor free educational event at the Underwood pool by the Habitat Mass Audubon, and Belmont World Film Family Festival.

The Belmont Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Council members are volunteers appointed by Belmont’s Selectmen.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Belmont Cultural Council, visit our facebook page and/or contact Juliet Jenkins at 617-365-2464 (cell) [email protected] (email) . Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.

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