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Lancaster Cultural Council

The Lancaster Cultural Council’s purpose is to promote and support local and regional Arts, Humanities, and Interpretive Sciences. The Council gathers input from the community every three years and develops funding priorities based on that feedback. Programs and activities that interest and benefit all ages are considered. Past funding has supported music events, plays, and enrichment programs both in our schools and in the community.


Selectmen's Office

695 Main Street
Lancaster, MA 01523-2294

Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

The Lancaster Cultural Council continues to participate in the Massachusetts Cultural Council Direct Grant program. Within two weeks of award notification, grant recipients must return a Grant Acceptance Form and W-9 in order to process the award check. Once the project is complete, grantees have two weeks to submit the required Final Report form and required receipts.
Priority is given to:
– Applications from local artists, organizations or groups
– Projects that demonstrate detailed planning including venue confirmation, date(s)
– Projects with complete and detailed budgets
– Projects or events that are free and / or low cost (for attendance or participation)
– Applications that show a match of cash or in kind services
– Proposals that address the diverse cultural needs of our community or support diverse forms of cultural activities
– Collaborative projects between cultural and community groups
In addition:
– A project that has received funding in the past from Lancaster Cultural Council must be updated or in some way altered such as incorporating new content, or relevant /current technology.
– Only online applications are accepted

FY24 Local Guidelines

– Applications must be submitted by October 17th.
– Applications must be for projects that take place between January 1 and December 31 of the upcoming year.
– Submissions that do not adhere to local guidelines will not be considered.
– Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.
– Artists and organizations based outside of Lancaster are considered if they have obtained the sponsorship of a local non-profit organization. The application should include a letter from an authorized representative of the sponsor stating that there is a secured venue and the program has the support of the sponsor.
– The local council may place conditions on any grant awarded by the council.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bates III, Davis R. Raising Our Voices: Summer Reading Performance $500
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 87th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $200
Friends of the Thayer Memorial Library, Inc. Music on the Green $500
Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, Inc. Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center Cultural Components $500
Nashoba FIRST Nashoba FIRST Robotics Team #1768 $1,200
Nashoba Friends of Drama Spring Musical $1,000
Nashoba Symphonic Band Nashoba Symphonic Band $1,000
Seven Bridge Writer's Collaborative, Inc. WRITING PROGRAMS $500
Smith, Patrick Afternoon of Brass #2 $500
Swantee, Kathryn Scenes from the Heart of New England $200
Thayer Memorial Library Say What?! Joyful Participation Stories $625
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Artistic Movement: Moving to Heal $500
Worcester Chamber Music Society, Inc. Worcester Chamber Music Society Fall Concert--Free Tickets for Town Residents $300

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