The Attleboro Cultural Council announces two opportunities this year to learn about submitting a grant application to the Council for funding consideration.

Massachusetts Cultural CouncilSaturday, September 22 from 8 am to noon, members of the Attleboro Cultural Council will be on-site at an informational booth located at the Attleboro Farmers Market to answer general inquiries.

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm at Attleboro City Hall, members will conduct a more thorough workshop on grant proposal writing and making a formal application submittal for funding from the pool of monies allocated to Attleboro’s council by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Applications are due on October 15, 2012, and grantees are named after the New Year.  

Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas recently noted: “The Attleboro Cultural Council has enriched the lives of thousands of residents by the programs they do and sponsor that highlight the arts and culture within our community. This spans across all age groups and reaches a vast number of people”.

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

Grant applications are reviewed and ultimately selected for funds at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. This year’s Council consists of 12 members.

Grants support an enormous range of grass-roots activities: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people – but we want to raise the bar and include even more brands of artistic and cultural pursuits.