Published in the August 30, 2019 edition.

WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Cultural Council has set an October 15 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Applications are available online beginning September 1.

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

The Wakefield 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 Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Wakefield Cultural Council will distribute about $10,000 in grants. Previously funded projects include:

• Music Around the World

• Plaza Jazz at the Library

• Cultural Dancing

• Kidstock Theater

• Pride Month Celebration

• Musical Instrument Lending

• Whimsical Weavings

• Collaborative Murals

For local guidelines and complete information on the Wakefield Cultural Council, contact Caroline Lieber at [email protected] Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at or find us on facebook.