Shirley Cultural Council looking for grant applications

Local nonprofits encouraged to submit paperwork for state support


SHIRLEY – The year is almost over, meaning many local nonprofit groups are running out of time to submit applications to receive state funding next year.

The Shirley Cultural Council, the local affiliate of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is reviewing and determining grants from the state’s Local Cultural Council Program for local and other regional applicants.

The program awards more than $3 million in grants to over 6,000 community-based projects in the arts, humanities and sciences throughout the state.

Programs eligible to apply are based in Massachusetts and should be active for at least one year. Individuals who can show the public benefit results from the project they’re applying for can apply. Incorporated private nonprofit organizations, like nonprofit preschools, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools are eligible to apply. Unincorporated associations and people coming together for community purposes, like a community band or a theater group, can also apply for grants. Other establishments, including public schools, libraries and religious organizations, can also apply.

The SCC invites applications for projects that address the needs of the community, such as those focused on social justice, local history, a reduction in isolation, an increase in diversity, and the promotion of a sense of well-being.

Planning ahead, grants may be authorized for events that ultimately end up having to be canceled. In such instances, as done during the 2020 cycle, applicants may request a grant extension into the following year. Each of these instances will be evaluated individually and the best course of action will be taken by the Shirley LCC.

Applications are due Dec. 14. Grants will be considered from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2021.