Peabody Cultural Council seeking funding proposals

PEABODY — The city’s Cultural Council is seeking funding proposals for the more than $31,000 in grant funding it received for fiscal year 2024.

Funds can support a variety of cultural and artistic projects and activities in the city, including exhibits, classes, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, performances in schools, workshops, and lectures. The council received $31,300 from the state Cultural Council, and the deadline to apply for funding is Oct. 17.

Organizations, schools, and individuals are invited to apply for the grants. Applications can be submitted online.

In years past, the council has funded a variety of events in the city, including the Peabody Summer Concerts on the Commons; classes in painting, theater, and woodcarving for seniors; an instrument-lending program for children; and school field trips to the Peabody Essex Museum, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and numerous theatrical performances throughout the region.

The Peabody Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 communities statewide. The Mass Cultural Council receives an annual allocation from the state Legislature, and in turn distributes money through the Local Cultural Council Program to local councils, which then dole out the funds based on applications.

“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 council said in a statement.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Mass Cultural Council’s website to learn more about the program guidelines and local council priorities, or to sign up for an information session on the new application system before submitting.

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