Local Cultural Council

The Douglas Local Cultural Council is comprised of volunteers who have been appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms, up to a total of 6 years. Volunteers may be re-appointed after taking a one-year break from service.  Local Councils consist of at least five but not more than 22 citizens. The Massachusetts Cultural Council is the central agency that distributes funds to support programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences through the town’s Local Cultural Council (LCC). 

Our mission is to distribute funds awarded from the state of Massachusetts to organizations or people who have submitted qualified applications. All applicants must submit completed applications by the statewide deadline. This year the deadline is October 17, 2022. Late applications cannot be accepted. All applications are now online. Interested parties can go to https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/local-cultural-council-program/ to review the process and apply for grants. The Council reviews all applications and votes on those that will be of greatest impact for artistic and cultural experiences throughout the community. We strive for a balance of grants awarded to a variety of age groups.


THE DOUGLAS CULTURAL COUNCIL IS CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR MEMBERS. IF INTERESTED PLEASE EMAIL JENNIFER STINCHFIELD @ jstinchfield@douglas-ma.gov

  1. Paul Beckwith

    Member

 Douglas CULTURAL COUNCIL IS SEEKING PROPOSALS FROM LOCAL ARTS, HUMANITIES & SCIENCE PROGRAMS


According to Council these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Douglas -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Douglas Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) serving all 351 communities in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state Legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to every community.

While the total amount of funding available will be contingent upon the Mass Cultural Council’s FY22 state budget appropriation, last year the Douglas Cultural Council distributed $7,100.00 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Summer reading program at the library, events at the Douglas Adult Social Center, and free concerts at the Douglas Orchard and Farm.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Douglas Cultural Council, contact Jennifer Stinchfield at jstinchfield@douglas-ma.gov Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.

For specific information about COVID-19 related considerations, please visit https://massculturalcouncil.org/covid-19-resources/guidance-for-local-cultural-councils-and-their-grantees-in-response-to-covid-19/.