Saturday, August 24, 2013

New State Grants Benefit Community Cultural Programs

New State Grants Benefit Community Cultural Programs
Senator Spilka announces state grants for nonprofit cultural organizations and schools in Franklin and Medway

(FRAMINGHAM, MA) – Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) today announced that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded grants totaling $10,780 to cultural organizations, schools and communities in Franklin and Medway.

These grants support a wide variety of cultural activities and projects that benefit local residents, while supporting jobs in the nonprofit cultural sector. The announcement was made as part of MCC's statewide funding program, which benefits in FY14 from a $1.6 million increase to its state appropriation, approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in July.

"MCC grants help to ensure that the unique cultural resources in our community and across the Commonwealth continue to thrive and benefit our citizens today and in the future," Senator Spilka said. "I am pleased to announce these new grants and cultural investments. State support for the arts, humanities and sciences is invaluable in connecting children and adults to diverse cultural experiences."

The MCC approved the following funding for local cultural councils in the community:

•             Franklin Cultural Council, $6,530
•             Medway Cultural Council, $4,250

Local Cultural Councils comprise the most extensive public cultural funding network in local concerts and exhibitions. Grants to local councils are determined by a formula that reflects the state's local aid system.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council

The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through a combination of grants, services and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities and artists. For more information, please visit

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