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Council Basics

Program Background

In Massachusetts, public funding for the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences is provided through a central agency, Mass Cultural Council, and a network of local cultural councils that serve every city and town in the state... more »


To be an effective LCC member, it is important to know the requirements and processes used to administer the grant cycle. Member orientation materials - including video tutorials - are available to help teach you the ins and outs of the LCC Program... more »


Local Cultural Councils have the right and responsibility to award grants that address cultural needs specific to their communities, and they can decide how to distribute funds as long as the state policies outlined in the guidelines are followed... more »

Managing Funds

Since local cultural councils administer public dollars, councils must make it a priority to ensure that all funds can be accounted for at any time. Managing council finances is a year-round process... more »


Local Cultural Councils are managed by volunteers from the community who have an interest in and support the arts, humanities and/or interpretive sciences. The more diverse its membership, the better an LCC can serve the many communities in its town or city... more »


Throughout the year, councils may meet for a variety of different reasons. Any meeting where public business is discussed must follow the directives of the Open Meeting Law as established under Massachusetts law... more »

Community Input

Because Local Cultural Council members are responsible for distributing public dollars, councils need to solicit and collect local public opinion about how to best distribute funds... more »