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Local Cultural Council (LCC) Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, Agencies, Artist Groups, and
Artists for Arts Activities that Benefit Residents in Eligible Regions

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10/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit arts organizations, faith-based organizations, public agencies, libraries, schools, artist groups, and individual artists in eligible regions for arts activities that benefit local residents. Grant funds may be requested for public arts programs or to support arts and cultural field trips. Applicants must be based in Cambridge and activities should benefit those who live and work in Cambridge.

Cambridge Arts participates in the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s annual Local Cultural Council grant program, which offers funding to individuals and organizations for cultural projects, public art, ticket subsidy programs, cultural field trips for children, and other activities. 

  • Project Grants support the development and presentation of new arts programs or public art that benefit Cambridge communities. Funding will be awarded to individuals or organizations to carry out cultural programs that benefit people who live or work in Cambridge.
  • Field Trip Grants are used to purchase tickets for Cambridge youth, grades pre-K through 12, to attend professional arts and cultural events, in or outside of Cambridge.

The funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Cambridge. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities.

Projects must demonstrate a community benefit. Funds support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole, rather than benefiting any one private individual or group. This does not mean that a large audience needs to participate in order to satisfy the requirement of community benefit.

Please Note: All projects created with funding through this grant program should follow City and State guidelines for public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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GrantWatch ID#: 158515

Number of Grants:

Up to five Field Trip Grants will be awarded.

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Project Grants: LCC Grant amounts will vary depending on the amount requested and available funding.
Applicants can apply for up to $5,000 for projects.

Field Trip Grants: The amount of these awards will vary depending on the amount requested.

Term of Contract:

All approved projects and field trips must be completed within an 18-month window of eligibility, between the July 1st preceding the application deadline in November, and December 31st of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be based in Cambridge (as a resident, an employee, or partnered with a Cambridge organization). For applicants who are not based in Cambridge, a letter of collaboration and support from a Cambridge based partner is required. All projects must be based in Cambridge and benefit Cambridge residents. The location of the project must be at a Cambridge venue or site.

Individual artists, artist groups, arts organizations, community organizations, and municipal agencies working in all genres and media are all eligible to apply for LCC Grant funds. Funding supports projects, workshops, residencies, public art initiatives and other such activities in the fields of arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

Individuals: Individual applicants must show that the project will benefit the community. (Although funds cannot be used to support activities that benefit only the individual applicant, a public presentation of an individual’s work may provide the needed public benefit.)

Private nonprofit organizations: This includes organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code.

Associations that can establish a nonprofit objective: This includes organizations that can establish a nonprofit objective– that is, groups of individuals with a common purpose (e.g., local community band, theater group) that do not have nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Schools, libraries, or other public agencies: Public agencies are eligible to apply for funding, but funds may not be used to replace municipal funding for the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences.

Religious organizations: Religious organizations or groups with a religious affiliation are eligible to apply for the same funding of cultural programming available to the general public. However, Cambridge Arts cannot approve applications that are not primarily cultural in their intent, have the effect of advancing religion, or substantially benefit religious
organizations or schools.

Cambridge Arts will not fund projects that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, creed, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age.

LCC funds are neither intended to replace nor supplement existing public funds for programs in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences, nor to be used as the sole source of project funding. Any item or activity that is generally considered the financial responsibility of the City will not be approved, even if funding did not previously exist for that item or activity. Expenses related to classroom or other school-sponsored programs or extracurricular activities are not eligible for funding. Funding for standard extracurricular activities (e.g., school plays, musicals, bands, newspapers, art supplies, library books or audiovisual materials, or salaries for teachers or librarians) will not be approved. Schools and libraries may only request funding for cultural enrichment activities (field trips, artist-in-residency programs, lectures, performances, etc.) that are led by outside artists, humanists, or interpretive scientists. The cultural professional cannot be a current employee of the school system.

The Mass Cultural Council and its grantees are contractually committed to abide by state and federal regulations which bar discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and which require accessibility for persons with disabilities.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Jason Weeks, Cambridge Arts’ Executive Director, will hold Grant Writing Virtual Office Hours each Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon from Monday, Sept. 20, through Thursday, Oct. 14. All are welcome to attend one or more these virtual sessions. If Mondays at 11 a.m. are inconvenient, Cambridge Arts can set up another time that would work for you.

To register, please email Jason Weeks at

Pre-Application Information:

2021-2022 Grant Timeline
- 2021 - 2020 Grant Guidelines Published: Mid-September 2021
- Applications Open: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2021
- Public Art and School-Based Proposals Eligibility Deadline: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, by 12 noon
- Local Cultural Council, Art for Social Justice, and Organizational Investment Grants Application Deadline: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, by 11:59 p.m.
- Project Review Panels Convene: November and December 2021
- Applicants Notified of Panel Decisions: Mid-January 2022

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Check out the Cambridge Arts Council’s Priorities and complete the online application ( via the Mass Cultural Council portal, and submit supplemental materials through the Cambridge Arts LCC Grants portal (

For technical questions about this process, please contact

For all other questions contact the Cambridge Arts at or 617-349-4380.

Cambridge Arts is happy to provide one-on-one grant consultations. To set up an appointment for a consultation or if you have any questions about the Grant Program please contact Executive Director, Jason Weeks, at

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