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Lawrence Cultural Council

The Lawrence Cultural Council is a volunteer group comprised of Lawrencians, appointed by the Mayor to disperse funds awarded to the city from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Funds are awarded through a grant process. Grants may be submitted from individuals, schools, artists, and cultural groups. Activities receiving support from the council must take place in the city and serve all facets of the population from children to the elderly.

Lawrence Cultural Council Mission Statement:

Our mission is to support programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences that contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life in Lawrence.


Patricia Mariano, Chairman

PO Box 326
Lawrence, MA 01810-0023

Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Lawrence Cultural Priorities FY 2024

Lawrence Cultural Council (LCC) grants are open to individual artists, art organizations, community organizations, schools, and municipal agencies. All projects funded by the Lawrence Cultural Council must primarily serve and benefit the Lawrence community through exhibits, performances, readings, cultural events and/or field trips. Celebrating the diversity of our “Immigrant City”, we encourage projects which highlight our rich culture, equity, diversity and inclusion. The Lawrence Cultural Council prefers to fund local artists who live in the city.

The Lawrence Cultural Grant process is governed by requirements and regulations established by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; failure to comply with the Lawrence Cultural guidelines may jeopardize a grant application. Additional information about grant programs may be found at

All grants for FY 2024 must be submitted online. Application deadline for this funding cycle is October 17, 2023. Please add a letter of support verifying that a venue is secured to the supplemental materials.

Field Trip requests are submitted on the same online application. The Lawrence Cultural Council does not fund transportation and/or food or beverage expenses.

A funding limit has been set for $4000 per project for 2024. Please do not submit grant requests for amounts greater than $4000. Applications received requesting over $4000 will not be considered. Similarly, do not request $4000 if in fact the project can be completed for a much smaller amount. Requests should not exceed the need.

Grants are awarded for projects taking place for the period January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2024.

Grants are evaluated based on the following criteria: quality of project, community benefit, budget, and funding.

Quality of the project
Is the project well thought out with evidence of planning? Are the specific dates and venues identified? Do the qualifications of the artist, humanist or interpretive scientist leading the activity suggest that the project will be of high quality? Does the proposal adhere to local priorities?

Community Benefit
Is there evidence that the proposal will benefit the citizens of Lawrence? What is the impact this proposal will have on the city of Lawrence and its citizens? Does the project contribute to the cultural vitality and well-being of the city as a whole? Is there community support for the project?

Budget and Funding Support
Does the budget balance? Does the budget follow LCC guidelines? Is the budget realistic and clear? Are there other sources of funding or is Lawrence Cultural Council the sole source of funding? Is the project budget specific?

Reimbursement –
As part of our new Direct Grant Payment Option, you will receive your funding as a direct grant that will not require you to expend your own funds and request a reimbursement. To accept your grant and receive payment, you must complete and return a Grant Agreement and W-9, which will be enclosed in the award letter within two weeks. In addition, you will be required to fill out a final report on your project once you program is complete.

Recognition requirements –
Acknowledgement is required in all published materials and announcements regarding activities supported by the Lawrence Cultural Council through funds. The sponsored individual or group must acknowledge this support with a written and/or verbal credit statement and by using the MCC logo. This credit is required by the MCC and failure to do so may jeopardize future funding.

FY24 Local Guidelines

Information not provided

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
2nd Act Org, Inc. Substance Use Prevention Play - Lawrence $2,000
Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 8 Irish Heritage Month 2023 $4,000
Ancient Order of Hibernians Ladies Division 8 Irish Christmas Festival $1,500
Bellesini Academy Field Trip to the Tsongas Industrial History Center $900
Bellesini Academy Field Trip to Musuem of Science Boston $1,170
Bread & Roses Heritage Committee, Inc. 39th Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival $4,000
Chinese Cultural Exchange of the Andovers, Inc. Chinese New Year Celebration $500
Clear Path for Veterans New England, Inc. Arts from the Heart $750
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
Essex Art Center, Inc. Fiesta en la calle $3,000
Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. Immigrants of Lawrence "MY FAMILY TRADITION" Children and Family Puppetry Arts Project $2,300
Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park, Inc. Historical Trolley Tours of Lawrence $2,000
Greater Boston Stage Company Discounted Tickets to Theatre for Lawrence Students and Seniors $1,500
Groundwork Lawrence, Inc. Kite Festival 2023 $3,000
Immigrant City Archives, Inc. Archival preservation of photographs, textiles, and hats $4,000
International Book Fair, Inc. XVII International Book Fair 2023 $3,500
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Birdwatching by Bus $1,000
Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, Inc. Digital Arts $3,000
Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, Inc. Dance Academy $3,000
Lawrence CommunityWorks, Inc. Movement City Youth Network - Annual Showcase $3,000
Lawrence Family Public Academy Music from My Culture $3,000
Lawrence High School Souper Bowl $1,900
Lawrence Ladies Lodge 2026 Celebrating Italian Heritage through Music $1,000
Lawrence Public Library Library Cultural Passes Program $3,000
Lawrence Public Schools Unexpected $3,000
Lawrence Theater Festival, Inc. Lawrence Festival of the Arts 2023 $3,500
Lewis, Stephen Cuban Political Posters - an International Poster Exhibit $65
Lopez, Fernanda Maker Mondays $1,500
MUSE, Inc. MUSE Incorporated - Musical Visits for Seniors $1,125
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $600
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic $580
McGary, Diane Resident Therapeutic Musician $3,000
Merrimack Valley Immigrants and Education Center, Inc. Asian American Heritage Celebration $3,000
Merrimack Valley Community Music School, Inc. Music Lessons for Lawrence High School Students $2,530
Merrimack Valley Community Music School, Inc. Music Therapy for Lawrence Elderly $2,400
Merrimack Valley Community Service Corps, Inc. Gold Stars of Lawrence QR Project $2,450
Morales, Marilyn Always Remember - Showcase from the world premiere $850
Native Plant Trust, Inc. Plant Communities of Massachusetts $600
Nguyen, Y-Binh Rainbow Alianza - Pride Month Celebrations $3,000
Pa' La Cultura Salsa in Lawrence $3,000
Robert Frost Middle School Rocky Shore Exploration $2,065
Sawada, Miki Gather Hear Tour $650
Seekins, Hannah Equity Driven Arts for the School Community $3,000
Si, Se Puede, Inc. Protecting the Environment Around Us; Water, Oceans and Birds of Prey $3,000
Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. Outcomes $500
Stockwell, Bernadette Lawrence: Do Your ARt! $350
The Merrimack Valley Young Men's Christian Association, Inc. Lawrence Music Clubhouse $2,500
The White Fund, Inc. White Fund Lecture $1,000
Three Saints, Inc. 100th Annual Feast of the Three Saints $4,000
Waterman, Jon Live Music Making History Live $300
Xotyeni, Amy Izizwe Dance Studio Scholarship Fund $3,000
Zaino, Nick 100 Years of Boston Comedy $350

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