Petersham Cultural Council invites grant applications

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Published: 10/18/2020 2:45:00 PM
Modified: 10/18/2020 2:44:57 PM

PETERSHAM — Calling all musicians, historians, students, artists, educators, and more: The Massachusetts Cultural Council has set an Nov. 16 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. All creative ideas welcome.

These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in the Quabbin region, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures. The PCC also gives grants for funding projects in the sciences and the humanities, such as historical or environmental education.

The Petersham Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 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 Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Previously funded projects include: Petersham Friday Market music, a first grade field trip to a “plant life” program at Mass Audubon, and free Ukelele lessons.

Applicants may apply for grants for programs that take place during an 18-month window of eligibility between July 1, preceding the application deadline in November, through Dec. 31 of the following year. This means that applicants may apply for projects that have already happened or which happen prior to LCCs’ grant announcements, with the knowledge that funding is not guaranteed.

Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at and find Petersham after clicking on the applicants button, follow the directions under “apply now.” Please submit applications online.

If you have any questions about the application process contact Jane Lynch Gilbert at

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