Local Cultural Council

The Douglas Local Cultural Council is comprised of volunteers who have been appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms, up to a total of 6 years. Volunteers may be re-appointed after taking a one-year break from service.  Local Councils consist of at least five but not more than 22 citizens. The Massachusetts Cultural Council is the central agency that distributes funds to support programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences through the town’s Local Cultural Council (LCC). 

Our mission is to distribute funds awarded from the state of Massachusetts to organizations or people who have submitted qualified applications. Grant applications are due to the Local Council by October 15th of each year. All applications are now online. Interested parties can go to https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/local-cultural-council-program/ to review the process and apply for grants. The Council reviews all applications and votes on those that will be of greatest impact for artistic and cultural experiences throughout the community. We strive for a balance of grants awarded to a variety of age groups.

  1. Paul Beckwith

  2. Danielle Morrow


  3. Daina Harvey


  4. Jennifer MacNeil

  5. Beverly Malley



Deadline to apply for FY21 LCC grant funding is Dec. 14th

The Douglas Cultural Council announces today that proposals to receive funding to support community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are due Monday, December 14, 2020 by 11:59PM EST.

According to Council spokesperson Daina Harvey these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Douglas -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Douglas Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) serving all 351 communities 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 Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to every community.

While the total amount of funding available will be contingent upon the Mass Cultural Council’s FY 21 state budget appropriation, last year the Douglas Cultural Council distributed $6,200.00 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Summer reading program at the library, events at the Douglas adult Social Center, and free concerts at the Douglas Orchard and Farm.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Douglas Cultural Council, contact Daina Harvey at dharvey@holycross.edu Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.

For specific information about COVID-19 related considerations, please visit https://massculturalcouncil.org/covid-19-resources/guidance-for-local-cultural-councils-and-their-grantees-in-response-to-covid-19/.