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HARVARD — The Harvard Cultural Council has awarded 15 grants for fiscal year 2017 totalling $4,650. These grant awards support cultural programming undertaken by organizations in Harvard and neighboring communities.

The annual Massachusetts State budget includes funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), which runs several arts and culture-related programs, including the Local Cultural Council (LCC) grant program. The Harvard Cultural Council (HCC) is part of a network of 329 LCCs serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The HCC administers the LCC grant program, bringing monies from the state budget to fund programs that directly impact Harvard residents. The Harvard Cultural Council is a volunteer organization that operates both as a town committee and under the MCC umbrella, and makes decisions about which activities to support with LCC grant funding.

“It is a pleasure to support local organizations and individuals who are dedicated to bringing a wide array of programming and opportunities to residents in and around Harvard,” said HCC chairwoman Lucy Clerkin. “We are grateful to all of the applicants, and look forward to supporting more enriching programs next year.”

Grant award recipients include:

Bromfield Celebration, Fort Devens Museum, Fruitlands Museum, Garden Club of Harvard, Georgia Sassen, Poems of Harvard Women,Harvard Cable TV/Bromfield collaborative project, Harvard Council on Aging, Harvard Parent Teacher Organization (for enrichment programs at both HES and Bromfield – two grants), Harvard Pro Musica, Harvard Public Library/Jim Manning, Linda Hoffman Plein Air Poetry at Frog Pond, Nashoba Valley Concert Band, The Concord Band Association, The Discovery Museum, The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden.

The Harvard Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online at ( Applications will be due October 16.

Additionally, the HCC is seeking Harvard residents who are interested in volunteering with the committee. Please contact chairwoman Lucy Clerkin at for more information.