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Bellingham Cultural Council to Receive $8,200 for Regranting

Jun 28, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Representative Soter announced recently that Bellingham will receive $8,200 for regranting to local applicants. The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded all 329 of its Local Community Council (LCC) Programs $4.35 million dollars to regrant locally for the FY21. This year, LCCs were able to award 6,000 grants totaling $5.9 million, with $4.35 million coming from Massachusetts Cultural Council allocations and $1.55 million from local fundraising.

Funding from LCCs enriches the cultural life of cities and towns in Massachusetts. Led by municipally appointed volunteers, LCCs award over $4 million annually. Of the 6,000 grants awarded this year, 5,900 of them were awarded to benefit community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences, including activities such as field trips, lectures, festivals, and performances. This type of funding gives Commonwealth families access to greater education, and provides critical financial aid needed to support aspects of education that fall outside of the set core curriculum.

The towns within the 8th Worcester District received the following grant amounts: Bellingham, $8,200; Blackstone, $6,800; Millville - $5,300; Uxbridge, $7,600.

Representative Soter commented on this release stating, “The grants awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council will have a long-lasting impact on the children and families within this district. I am a strong supporter of the benefit of well-rounded education, and the money awarded to our towns will offer our children the ability to establish unique opportunities where all aspects of education are promoted and celebrated.”  

Each town will receive their grant funding through their respective cultural council. More information about the Local Community Council Program can be found on the Massachusetts Cultural Council website along with a list of how much each town or city was given in grant allocation through the LCC Program. 
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