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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.

Contact

Patricia Mariano, Chairman
lawrenceculturalcouncil@gmail.com
978-620-3950

Address
200 Common Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

FY22 Allocation

$114,600

FY22 Local Priorities

Lawrence Cultural Priorities FY 2022

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 www.massculturalcouncil.org.

All grants for FY 2022 must be submitted online. Application deadline for this funding cycle is October 15, 2021. 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 $3000 per project for 2022. Please do not submit grant requests for amounts greater than $3000. Applications received requesting over $3000 will not be considered. Similarly do not request $3000 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, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

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. In order 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 funding.

FY22 Local Guidelines

The Cultural Council grant process is governed by requirements and regulations established by the Massachusetts Cultural Council; failure to comply with the LCC Program Guidelines may jeopardize a grant application. Grant applications as well as additional information about the Massachusetts Cultural Council and its programs may be found at www.massculturalcouncil.org.

A funding limit has been set for $3,000 per project for 2016. Please, do not submit grant requests for amounts greater than $3,000. Grants are awarded for the period 1/1/2016 through 12/31/2016.

ALL applicants MUST submit ONLY ONE original application with supporting paper documentation. All applications MUST be complete including and all questions, information and budget questions. Incomplete applications will not be processed and may be returned to be corrected, if time allows. All applications must be POSTMARKED on or before October 15, 2015. There will be no exceptions – postmarks will be noted. The Lawrence Cultural Council cannot be held responsible for applications lost in the mail.

Applications must be sent to:

Lawrence Cultural Council

P.O. Box 326

Lawrence, MA 01840

Important details to remember:

Only mailed and postmarked applications prior to the deadline are accepted.
Applications will not be accepted in any other way. Applications left in City Hall or the Library will be disqualified.

Grant Evaluation

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

Quality of project – Is the project well thought out? Are the specific dates and venues identified? Are 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 guidelines?

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 guidelines? Is the budget realistic and clear? Are there other sources of funding or is LCC the sole source of funding? Is the project budget specific? Has this project been funded previously by LCC? The MCC’s Sample Budget and Glossary explains how to complete the budget correctly.

Important details to remember:

Applications must be typed.

Your budget must balance.

The application must be signed.

Reimbursement

All LCC grants are reimbursement based. Grant recipients submit a reimbursement request form accompanied by documentation that the project occurred (invoices, receipts, canceled checks, program books, tax numbers or social security numbers) to the Council, the request is reviewed and then forwarded to the city for processing and payment. We will NOT be granting funds for telephone bills, administration fees, salaries, usual office expenses, postage stamps, foods of any kind, liquid refreshments or dinners/lunches, meetings at any public restaurant. Although the reimbursement process has been streamlined, be aware that it can take 60 days or 90 days to process a reimbursement. Along with reimbursement materials, a Program Self Evaluation must be returned along with a completed W-9 form. These items will be included in the award packet.

Recognition Requirement

Acknowledgment is required in all published materials and announcements regarding activities supported by the Lawrence Cultural Council through funds. he sponsored individual or group must acknowledge this support with a written and/or verbal credit statement or by using the MCC logo. This credit is required by the MCC and failure to comply may jeopardize funding. Rea

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Diane McGary Resident Therapeutic Musician $2,000
Si, Se Puede, Inc. World of Art $2,200
Andover Choral Society In Our Own Words $750
International Book Fair, Inc. XVI International Book Fair 2022 $3,000
Julie Todd SaludArte $1,000
Matt York Songs and Stories - The Highwaymen $400
Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. Part 2-Immigrant Puppetry Arts for Si, Se Puede After School Program, Families, and Community , Families and Community ol Program $2,000
MUSIC Dance.edu Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $600
Three Saints, Inc. 99th Annual Feast of the Three Saints $3,000
Groundwork Lawrence, Inc. Kite Festival $2,000
Stephen Lewis Worker Struggles - An International Poster Exhibit $60
Ancient Order of Hibernians Ladies Division 8 Fall Festival $1,000
Lawrence Public Library Library Cultural Passes Program $3,000
Lawrence High School Cardboard challenge $2,500
Greater Boston Stage Company Discounted tickets and field trip for UP Academy Oliver $500
Gregory Maichack The Jellyfish: How to Pastel Paint $660
Lawrence Ladies Lodge 2026 Celebration Italian Heritage Month $700
Native Plant Trust, Inc. Plant Communities of Massachusetts $600
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 8 Irish Heritage Month 2022 $3,000
Lawrence Public Schools Digital Photography Class: Who am I Project $3,000
O'Shea/Chaplin School of Irish Step Dancing Afternoon of Irish Dance, Music and Song $500
Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park, Inc. Historical Trolley Tours of Lawrence $2,000
Lawrence High School Once on This Island - Complimentary Student Tickets $2,000
New England Classical Singers, Inc. Finding Joy in Music $500
Lawrence Public Schools Family Engagement Mural Project $2,000
2nd Act Org, Inc. Prevention Play Programming $900
Edward F. Parthum Elementary School Spatial awareness through dance $2,000
Kevin L. Angulo Mural (untitled) $1,000
Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, Inc. Dance Academy $1,500
Kirk Whipple Duo Pianists, Composers & Educators Whipple & Morales in Concert $500
Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, Inc. Digital Arts $2,000
Lawrence High School Beyond Workshop Series- R.evolucion Latina $2,000
Merrimack Valley Immigrants and Education Center, Inc. Chinese/Vietnamese New Year Cultural Dance & Field Trip $2,000
The Merrimack Valley Young Men's Christian Association Lawrence Music Clubhouse $2,000
Lawrence High School Berklee College of Music Collaboration $2,000
Lawrence Family Public Academy Culturally Responsive Curriculum and Instrumentation $1,500
Lawrence Family Public Academy Culturally Responsive Curriculum and Instrumentation $1,500
Lawrence High School The Heart of Lawrence $3,000
John Baglio The Strings of Lawrance $1,000
Lawrence CommunityWorks, Inc. Movement City Spring Showcase $1,500
Asociación de Peruanos Unidos, Inc. ¡Ritmo y elegancia! El majestuoso y bello folklore costeño del Perú. $2,000
Phoenix Academy Public Charter High School District Lawrence Stalls for All! $1,000
John K. Tarbox School Helping Alternative Ensembles Thrive at the Tarbox $2,500
Guilmette Elementary School Music Program Guilmette Instrumental Expansion $2,000
Lawrence High School LHS Music Technology $2,580
Bread & Roses Heritage Committee, Inc. 38th Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival $2,000
Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park, Inc. Telling the Underrepresented Stories of Latinos in Lawrence, MA $3,000
Essex Art Center, Inc. Fiesta en la calle $2,000
John K. Tarbox School The Right to Read $1,500
Merrimack Valley Community Service Corps, Inc. Sergeant Johanny Rosario Pichardo Memorial Mural $1,500
The Lawrence Senior Center Virtual Tour Annual Subscription $2,350
Merrimack Valley Community Music School, Inc. Live Interactive Music Performances to Support Wetherbee Band Program $2,500
Colombian Cultural Committee of the Merrimack Valley Traveling Colombian by music $1,500
Merrimack Valley Community Music School, Inc. Music Therapy for Lawrence Elderly $2,000
Lawrence High School Symbiosis Reclaimed $2,500
Lawrence Theater Festival, Inc. Lawrence Festival of the Arts $3,000
Immigrant City Archives, Inc. Conservation/Digital Imaging of Essex Company Water Power Indentures Volume(s), 1846 + $3,000
Bellesini Academy Field Trip to USS Constitution Museum $650
Bellesini Academy Field Trip to Peabody Essex Musuem & Yin Yu Tang House $600
Jenny Dube The Catnip Junkies: Live! From O'Connell South Common $1,000
Community Day Arlington Lawrence Youth Ukes $2,800
Lawrence Public Schools Music Department Indian Hill Instrumental Lessons $2,500
Lawrence Public Schools Music Department Lucky Chops Masterclass $2,000
Lawrence Public Schools Music Department Berklee Private Voice/Instrumental Lessons $1,500
Thomas Jones Musary International Music Workshop $500
Robert Frost Elementary School Modern Band Instruments $2,500
Vivien Wu Haitian and Dominican Heritage and Film Discussion: Black History Month x Lawrence $700

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