The grants cycle opened September 1st, and online applications will be accepted through October 15th at https://mass-culture.org/ The application site is open.
Arts, Humanities, and Interpretive Sciences. LCC funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences in Massachusetts. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense.
How does Mass Cultural Council define the arts, humanities, and sciences?
- 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.
- 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.
Public Benefit. LCC 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; however, this does not mean that a large crowd of people needs to participate in order to satisfy the public benefit requirement. For example, an artist working with a small group of teens is a valid public benefit. Whenever possible, activities funded by LCCs should be available to the general public by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means.
Non-Discrimination. In accordance with state law, LCCs may not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, gender, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation or age, nor may they fund projects that discriminate on the basis of these attributes.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that persons with disabilities have access to public programs or services on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. Furthermore, federal law mandates that any programs or service that receives federal or state funding must be accessible to persons with disabilities. Therefore, all events and programs funded by the LCCs must be accessible to persons with disabilities, including the facility or event location as well as the content of the program. See our Accessibility Guide for a background and ideas about how to ensure that your projects can still take place while being accessible.
Local Criteria. LCCs are authorized to develop additional council priorities and may give different weight to their criteria in order to reflect local concerns and community cultural needs. Because LCC funding is not intended to be used as the sole source of funding for projects of a continuing nature, LCCs are encouraged to formulate local policies regarding matching funding or funding limits over time in order to ensure that funding remains broadly available to the widest range of community cultural needs
The Mid-Cape Cultural Council currently has openings for both towns, to apply, you must be a resident of the Town of Barnstable or Yarmouth, and you apply directly to the Town. To reach the Council directly with any questions, to attend a meeting, etc., our email is email@example.com, or have anyone feel free to reach out to co-Chair, Sarah Thornington 508-776-2773.