Chester Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals

CHESTER CULTURAL COUNCIL SEEKS FUNDING PROPOSALS

The Chester Cultural Council has set an October 15 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.

According to Council spokesperson Kathe Warden, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Chester — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Chester Cultural Council, contact Kathe Warden at 413-354-7760 or selectmen@comcast.net.

The Chester Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. 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.

This year, the Chester Cultural Council will distribute about $4,500 in grants. Several of the previously funded projects have included the Hamilton Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program, The Chester Foundation’s “Chester on Track”, and the Chester Theatre Company, among others.