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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

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 8 Irish Heritage Month 2024 $4,000
Ancient Order of Hibernians Ladies Division 8 Irish Christmas Festival $2,000
Arlington Middle School Nemo Kids! $3,950
Arriagada Saieh, Josefa "Making Downtown Lawrence a Destination $2,500
Ateneo Dominicano de Nueva Inglaterra Bohemian Sunset 2024 $2,500
Bellesini Academy Field Trip to see Mr. Popper's Penguins at Wheelock Family Theater $700
Bellesini Academy Field Trip To Wheelock Family Theater to see A Wrinkle in Time $700
Bread & Roses Heritage Committee, Inc. 40th Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival $4,000
Cambiando El Mundo de Necesidades Especiales Family Advocacy Training Program $2,000
Chinese Cultural Exchange of the Andovers, Inc. Chinese New Year Festival $500
Clear Path for Veterans New England, Inc. Connecting with Veterans through the Healing Power of Music: A Live Music Series $1,000
Colectiva Wellness & Healing BIPOC Retreat Scholarship Fund $2,000
Collazo, Felipe Presente! Festival $2,000
Colombian Cultural Committee of the Merrimack Valley Colombia is Passion - Huila and its treasures. $3,000
Communities Together, Inc. Respect the River $1,500
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $300
Down By Riverside, Inc. Spirit of Music Potluck Concert $3,000
Essex Art Center, Inc. Fiesta en la calle $3,000
Ethnic Arts Center of Somerville, Inc. Pop-Up Puppet Books of My Ethnic Heritage!-Roots of Lawrence $2,000
Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park, Inc. Historical Trolley Tours of Lawrence $2,000
Grainy Daze Studios Encounter the Real $2,000
Greater Lawrence Fellowship of the Arts, Inc. Greater Lawrence Fellowship Arts Festival $2,000
Groundwork Lawrence, Inc. Kite Festival 2024 $3,000
Immigrant City Archives, Inc. 2024 Community Symposium: The History and Evolution of Education in Lawrence and Similar Communities $4,000
International Book Fair, Inc. XVIII International Book Fair 2024 $3,500
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 Annual Showcase $2,000
Lawrence High School Live Performance Integration - Music Technology $2,972
Lawrence High School Tarzan $3,500
Lawrence High School Jimmy Awards - Vocal Coaching $3,500
Lawrence High School Stagecraft! $4,000
Lawrence High School Re-establishing LHS's Darkroom $3,000
Lopez, Fernanda Queer, Trans & Here! $2,000
Lucas, Robert Frost Middle School Best Buddies Field Trip $1,380
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic The Musical $580
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! a dance series $800
Maloney, Scott I AM ... $600
McGary, Diane Resident Therapeutic Musician $3,000
Merrimack Valley Immigrants and Education Center, Inc. Chinese/Vietnamese New Year Cultural Dance $3,000
Merrimack Valley Community Music School, Inc. Music Therapy for Elderly $2,400
Merrimack Valley Community Music School, Inc. Private and Semi-Private Lessons for Lawrence High School Students $3,500
Nguyen, Y-Binh Vietnamese Diasporic Research & Showcase $3,000
O'Shea/Chaplin School of Irish Step Dancing An Afternoon of Irish Dance, Music and Song $1,000
Olde Essex Stage Company 4th Annual Shakespeare in the Park $4,000
One Broadway Collaborative, Inc. Lawrence DJ Video Art and Showcase $2,000
Pa' La Cultura Salsa en el Barrio $2,500
Pal, Mouli SpringFest Indian Dance Concert $150
Robert Frost Middle School Seacoast Science Center Field Trip $1,925
The Musary, JRP Inc. Musary Musical Instrument Lending Acquisitions $750
Three Saints, Inc. 101st Feast of the Three Saints $4,000
UP Academy Oliver Middle School Little Mermaid Jr. $3,200
Waterman, Jon Live Music Making History Live $300
Xotyeni, Amy Lawrence Dance Intensive $3,000
Xotyeni, Mcebisi D. Studio Sessions $1,500

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