Lynn Cultural Council
2018 GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, October 15, 2018. Grant applications must be submitted online!
Beginning this year (2018/2019) Grants will be paid in advance instead of on a reimbursement basis. Once a grant is approved the grantee must submit a Grant Acceptance form. At that time the grant will be processed and paid. When the program is complete the grantee must submit a Final Report within two weeks,
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Tia Cole, Administrator
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01901-1052
FY22 Local Priorities
Please read this section carefully before applying to the Lynn Cultural Council. Our local requirements are as follows:
1. Projects must have clearly articulated goals, activities, and budgets.
2. Projects must occur during the calendar year (January – December) following the October application deadline.
3. Projects must have a confirmed venue. A letter from the venue confirming your project must be uploaded as an attachment to your online application.
4. LCC grant funding MUST NOT be the only means of support for your project. Because funds are limited, your event should be able to proceed with only partial funding from the Lynn Cultural Council.
5. The budget figures you provide in the online application should show the TOTAL project cost, not just the partial cost you are asking LCC to cover.
6. Priority will be given to Lynn-based artists, performers, makers, and organizations.
7. Grant funds cannot be used for transportation or refreshments.
8. LCC applications are judged separately then weighed against the merits of other programs with consideration given to criteria such as clear program planning, performer’s qualifications, community benefit, and clear budget.
9. Use of funds: All funds granted by the LCC are good for 1 year from the date of the grant approval letter and not transferable to other programs or venues. Funds are to be used as described in your original grant application. Any extension or change in program or venue must be received and approved in writing or email by the Lynn Cultural Council.
10. Applicants’ scoring may be impacted if they are prior LCC grantees that have not
1. fulfilled MCC/LCC crediting requirements or
2. submitted grant reimbursements in prior years.
11. Lynn Cultural Council provides Direct Grants. Grants will be paid in advance instead of on a reimbursement basis. Once a grant is approved the grantee must submit a Grant Acceptance form. At that time the grant will be processed and paid. When the program is complete the grantee must submit a Final Report within two weeks. Forms should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FY22 Local Guidelines
1. FIELDS OF INTEREST
Lynn Cultural Council (LCC) funding will support programs in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences solely for the benefit of Lynn, MA residents. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense. Both project grants and school field trip grants are available in these fields. The MA Cultural Council defines each field as follows:
*Arts: The creation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and interdisciplinary arts. They also include the presentation and preservation of, and education about, works in these disciplines.
*Humanities: Types of learning that deal with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include but are not limited to history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
*Interpretive sciences: Types of learning that deal with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Some organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.
2. PUBLIC BENEFIT
LCC-funded activities must contribute to Lynn’s cultural vitality as a whole, rather than benefiting any private individual or group. However, this does not mean that a large crowd of people needs to participate in order to satisfy the public benefit requirement. For example, an artist working with a small group of teens is a valid public benefit. Whenever possible, activities funded by the LCC should be available to the general public by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means.
3. GRANT GUIDELINES
Date range: For 2016 applications (due October 15, 2015), your event/activity must occur between SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 AND DECEMBER 31, 2016. Applications that focus on dates outside of this range will be rejected.
Confirmed venue: Application MUST show **proof of a confirmed venue** or it will be rejected outright.
Partial funding: LCC grant funding MUST NOT be the only means of support for your project. Because funds are limited, your event should be able to proceed with only partial funding from the Lynn Cultural Council.
Grant funds cannot be used for: Transportation or refreshments.
Budgets: Budgets must be complete, accurate and balanced. Please pay special attention to your budget preparation and contact the LCC with questions.
Grant review criteria: LCC applications are judged separately then weighed against the merits of other programs with consideration given to criteria such as Community Value and Benefits, Performers Qualifications, Program Planning, Innovation, a Realistic and Value Based Budget, and Site Accessibility.
School Field Trip grants: Field Trip grants are available. They must be used to supplement ticket expenses for cultural school trips. Field Trip grants cannot be used for bus transportation.
Use of funds: All funds granted by the LCC are good for 1 year from the date of the grant approval letter and not transferable to other programs or venues. Funds are to be used ONLY as applied for and approved on your original grant application. Any extension or change in program or venue must be received and approved in writing by the Lynn Cultural Council or reimbursement will be denied.
LCC crediting: All advertisement/brochures/publicity for your program must bear this credit line: “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”
Reimbursement model: All LCC grants are reimbursement-based. If approved for a grant, the grantee expends their own money on the project. Once the project is complete, the grantee submits paperwork for reimbursement to the LCC that approved the
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines