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ASHBY — The Ashby Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to council spokesman Kathryn Becker, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Ashby, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

The Ashby 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Ashby Cultural Council will distribute about $4,100 in grants. Previously funded projects include the Beatles for Sale concert on the common, Lizards in the Hayloft concert and John Root edible plants walk.

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Ashby Cultural Council, contact Kathryn Becker at 978-386-6880 or email AshbyCulturalCouncil@gmail.com.

Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx.

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