Hopkinton Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals

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Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science projects due October 15, 2011.

The Hopkinton Cultural Council has set an October 15, 2011 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

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

The Hopkinton Cultural Council will also entertain funding proposals from schools and youth groups through the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for school-age children to attend cultural field trips.

The Hopkinton Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Hopkinton Cultural Council will distribute about $3,870 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Sunset Jazz Concert at the CAA; author Yoko Watkins for Middle School students; ESL production of a Tribute to the USO; and performances and programs at the Hopkinton Public Library, Hopkinton Senior Center, Hopkinton Historical Society, Respite Center, and Golden Pond.

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Hopkinton Cultural Council, contact Jean Bertschmann at 508.435.5195 or [email protected]. Application forms and more information about the Hopkinton Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.asp. Application forms are also available at the Hopkinton Public Library.