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.
Council Members: Mary Beth Verry (Chair), Pam Ames, Dayna D'Angelo, John Gettings, Eric Mitchell and Rebecca Somes
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 www.mass-culture.org .
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.