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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

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Fitchburg Art Museum, Inc. 88th Regional Exhibition of Art & Craft $200
Friends of Thayer Memorial Library Concerts on the Green $500
Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, Inc. Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center Cultural Components $500
Lancaster Parent Teacher Organization Cultural Enrichment for Mary Rowlandson Elementary $1,000
Lancaster Parent Teacher Organization Cultural Enrichment for Luther Burbank Middle School $1,000
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $250
Minuteman Regional High School FIRST Robotics Club - Team 8604 Alpha Centauri Minuteman FIRST Robotics 2024 - Team 8604 Alpha Centauri $400
Nashoba FIRST Nashoba FIRST Robotics Team #1768 $1,000
Nashoba Friends of Drama Spring Musical $1,000
Nashoba Symphonic Band Nashoba Symphonic Band $1,000
Rediscover Mapledale Interpretive Stations by Rediscover Mapledale $500
Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative Inc. WRITING CLASSES $200
Smith, Patrick Afternoon of Brass #3 $250
Thayer Memorial Library Irish Folklore and Music $300
Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc. Artistic Movement: Moving to Heal $500
Worcester Chamber Music Society, Inc. Fall Chamber Music Concert - Free tickets for seniors $300

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