About the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Established by the legislature in 1980, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency which distributes revenues to arts councils statewide to benefit the arts.

Local Cultural Council Program

The Local Cultural Council Program (LCC), the second largest grant program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is a grassroots complement to the agency's centralized grant programs.

Allocations are made to all of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns to support community cultural activities. The LCC Program is the most extensive system of its kind in the nation to support arts, sciences and humanities.

2,500 volunteers across the state comprise community boards that review applications from individuals, schools, and organizations to fund field trips, after school programs, concerts and festivals. Cultural activities take place in community centers, elder care facilities, libraries, parks, schools, town halls - wherever communities come together - to improve resident's lives. LCCs also review applications for a student ticket subsidy program, called the PASS Program.