Published in the September 23, 2015 edition

LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield Cultural Council invites local cultural leaders to a grant application workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Al Merritt Cultural Center, MarketStreet Lynnfield.

The workshop is the first of several events planned by the council for the 2016 grant season to help promote cultural activities in the community.  LCC staff will be on hand to help applicants become familiar with the application process, including tips for writing and submitting the proposal, grant writing do’s and don’ts and fulfillment of grant requirements.

The event is free and open to the public.  The LCC requests attendees to RSVP as soon as possible to

The Lynnfield Cultural Council strives to bring local organizations together to create a dynamic cultural environment within the town.  Applicants attending the workshop will have the opportunity to meet with other groups and individuals to explore collaborative efforts for community projects.

Cultural Council grants are awarded for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs.

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

The Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is the funding source for all Lynnfield Cultural Council grants, has set a postmark deadline of Thursday, Oct. 15 for submitting grant requests for the 2016 cycle.

In the current year, the Lynnfield Cultural Council will distribute $4,600 in grants.  Previously funded projects include:

• Summer Concert Series – held on The Common

• Photographic Journey of India – an exhibit hosted at Lynnfield Public Library

• Meet Julia Childs – a theatrical performance held at the Lynnfield Senior Center

• Historical Perspectives – a historical storytelling at Summer Street School

• Singing & Signing – a musical series incorporating singing and sign language at the Lynnfield Public Library

• Secrets to  Being Social – an anti-bullying program for Huckleberry Hill School students.

• Pied Potter Demo – a live re-enactment of historical pottery-making held on The Common

The Lynnfield Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth. This program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation and supports 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.

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Lynnfield Cultural Council, contact Chairman Amber Vaccaro at  Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at: or