This year, the Medfield Cultural Council will distribute approximately $3,870 in grants.
The MCC will hold a free information and grant-writing workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, to help applicants prepare an effective funding proposal.
Grant applications are being accepted from organizations, schools, and individuals to support cultural activities in the community, and must be post-marked by Oct. 15, 2012.
“I have written grants for over 15 years and can share my experiences as both a grant writer and reviewer,” said MCC Chairman Jean Mineo. “Applicants are encouraged to bring their ideas for funding or a draft of their proposal to discuss. I’ll also talk about the guidelines and share some helpful hints.”
The session is open to non-profit cultural organizations, artists, schools, and residents interested in applying for funding from the Medfield Cultural Council.
Mineo said MCC grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Medfield including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
“Our priorities are to fund cultural organizations in town and projects that directly serve Medfield residents. We also like to fund a full spectrum of activities from music and drama to dance and visual arts,” she said.
“Medfield doesn’t receive a lot of money but these grants do make a large impact on the organizations that receive them,” notes Mineo.
Previously funded projects include Jazz Nights, Marimba Band, in-school holiday concerts, the Medfield Farmer’s Market, Vine Lake Cemetery walking tour map, summer Shakespeare by the Gazebo Players, and an event at the Dwight Derby House featuring costumes and music of the Civil War era.
For specific guidelines and complete information on the Medfield Cultural Council is available online atwww.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.asp. For more information, contact Mineo at 508-242-9991 or JeanMineo@aol.com.
About the Medfield Cultural Council
The Medfield Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCC) 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.