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Danvers Cultural Council

Updated: November 2020

The Danvers Cultural Council is pleased to be among the communities of Massachusetts to support and promote access for all ages to enjoy the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  We strive to create opportunities to broaden and enrich the vitality of the Town. Our criteria include an emphasis on new or time-honored projects of local artists, performers and instructors, cultural organizations’ programs and classes, events for all levels of school-children, family-oriented events & outings for senior citizens.



The 2020 Danvers Cultural Council meeting dates (to review grant applications and to award grants) have been postponed. The rescheduled dates will be announced soon.  All meetings will be held virtually via Webex. Once posted you  may visit to view the event calendar with meeting details and information to join the meeting.

*Please note all applications must be submitted online. Mass Cultural Council’s move to online applications was an effort to make the program more accessible overall. Remember if you do not have computer access you can use your local library’s computer to submit the application online, or have someone enter the information into the online application for you.  *The deadline to submit LCC applications has been extended to December 14, 2020.

 Any questions regarding these meetings and or the Mass Cultural Council application/grant process, please visit or contact the Danvers Recreation Office at [email protected] .


About Massachusetts Cultural Council and Local Cultural Councils:

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

The MCC’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, local councils award more than $3 million in grants to more than 6,000 cultural programs statewide. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen.

The MCC distributes funds to local and regional/local cultural councils, who then regrant funds to arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects in their own communities. Currently, there are 329 local and regional councils that represent all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The program is administered by 2,500 municipally appointed volunteers serving statewide.

A hallmark of the LCC Program is the emphasis on local autonomy and decision making. Councils are free to make funding decisions that best meet the particular needs and priorities of their community within the parameters of the broad state guidelines. Each local council determines its own local eligibility requirements based on a community input process and these are incorporated into their local guidelines and published to the council’s public web page, which can be found via the MCC website .

Applicants may apply to the LCC Program for projects, operating support, ticket subsidy programs, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs. Local councils may also choose to fund cultural field trips for children, grades pre-K through 12, by subsidizing the cost for children to attend programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences (including performances, educational tours and exhibits).

The LCC application process can be quite competitive. Because of the large number of requests and the limited funds available for regranting, many LCCs receive far more applications than they can fully or even partially fund.

Grants are reimbursement-based, meaning the applicant expends their own money, and if approved for a grant, then submits paperwork for reimbursement.


Application Instructions:

Applicants submit their applications directly to the local cultural council (LCC) to whom they are applying using the online application found on the MCC website. *(Note: Online applications do not require additional hard copies to be mailed to the local council). Before submitting an application, all applicants should read the LCC’s priorities for additional application instructions. Council priorities can be found on LCC public webpages at www.mass-culture.orgPlease note that priority will be given to applicants who attend the first Danvers Cultural Council meeting . This allows for the council to ask questions of the applicant to better understand the grant application.


Grant Cycle Timeline:

  • LCCs publicize the grant program
  • LCCs post council priorities on their council profiles by October 1st.
  • MCC notifies LCC of their allocation
November – December
  • LCCs determine the total amount available for granting
  • Grant application deadline extended! Applications now due to LCCs by December 14th Late applications cannot be accepted
  • LCC Account Form due to MCC by Mid November
  • LCCs conduct their grant cycle voting
  • LCCs send disapprovals notifications
  • LCCs handle any reconsideration
  • LCCs enter grant decisions and grant cycle voting meeting into the online portal
  • LCCs submit annual report to MCC .
  • MCC transfers funds to LCCs
  • LCCs send approval notifications and publicize grant awards
  • LCCs begin processing reimbursement
  • LCCs process reimbursement
  • LCCs ensure grant recipients acknowledge MCC and LCC


Credit and Publicity Requirements:

All grant recipients are required to acknowledge the financial support of the LCC that approved their grant and the MCC in published materials and announcements about their project.



Grant recipients have one year from the date of their final approval letter to request reimbursement. In order to request reimbursement the recipient must complete a reimbursement form, which is provided by the council.

LCCs process reimbursements as they arrive to ensure timely payment of grantees. Councils may take up to four weeks to forward approved reimbursement requests to the municipal treasurer, who will then pay the grantee. Once the city/town treasurer has received the approved reimbursement form, it may take 1 to 4 weeks for the city/town to process the payment.

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