Westborough – The Westborough Cultural Council is accepting grant applications online for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for funds supporting a range of community cultural activities, including concerts, exhibits, lectures, performances, workshops, festivals and student field trips.
Westborough is a part of the Local Cultural Council Program (LCC), the most extensive system of grassroots support for the arts, sciences and humanities in the nation. There are 329 local cultural councils in Massachusetts; collectively, they distribute more than $3 million a year in grant monies to support cultural activities in cities and towns in the state.
More than $12,000 was awarded by the Westborough Cultural Council in 2020. Grants awarded include Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Chamber Music Metrowest, Hundredth Town Chorus, programs at the Westborough Public Library and Westborough Historical Society, cultural dance and music performances, SkyRise Theater, Shir Joy Chorus, Westborough Community Chorus, Westborough Community Land Trust’s live animal program, Westborough Connects, cultural festivals and other cultural programs in schools.
The Westborough Cultural Council receives a large part of its funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, but also depends on and welcomes donations and grants from local individuals, businesses and corporations. Additionally, the town of Westborough provides funds through the annual town budget to supplement the commonwealth grant to provide additional local support. Proceeds from the annual Westborough Cultural Council’s Arts in Common Festival (which was canceled this year due to COVID-19) are also used to fund grants.
Grant application information is on the Westborough Cultural Council website, www.westboroughculturalcouncil.org. Applications must be completed online by Monday, Nov. 16. Only applications submitted online can be considered. More information can be found at https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/local-cultural-council-program/application-process.