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NATICK – The Natick Cultural Council announced it has awarded 34 grants totaling $16,582 for cultural programs in Natick.

Some of the grant recipients include Sound and Spirit Inc., Voices of the MetroWest and Natick Public Schools.

The Natick Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) 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 Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Statewide, more than $5 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2023.

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Decisions about selecting activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers.

The members of the Natick Cultural Council are: Kevin Baldwin, Beth Cunningham, Prerna Dublish, Robert Hirsch, Shriya Joag and Livia Mosanu.

Grants from Natick Cultural Council will support an enormous range of grass- roots activities (in-person and virtual): concerts, exhibitions, field trips for school children, after-school youth programs, events for seniors, and town festivals.

A prominent chunk of funds has been granted to support educational activities for young people. For more details, visit our webpage

The Natick Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall.

For guidelines and complete information on the Natick Cultural Council, contact Shriya Joag (chair-person) at 347-708-3725 or

Applications and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

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