Dover Cultural Council

The Dover Cultural Council (DCC) is one of a statewide network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCC) that annually receives funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency. These funds are used to award LCC Grants for local cultural enrichment programs. The DCC annually awards several grants on a competitive basis to individuals and organizations who provide a variety of arts, humanities and other cultural benefits to the citizens of Dover.

Members are appointed by the Dover Board of Selectmen to serve for up to two consecutive three-year terms. Each volunteer council member must complete an MCC sponsored training session in order to preserve the streamline status that the DCC has in its relationship with the MCC. DCC members annually elect their own governing officers.

Each year, the DCC holds a series of public meetings to solicit community input, distribute information on new grant applications, review applications received, determine awards, and administer the funds. In order to solicit community input about local funding priorities and planning, the DCC sponsors a booth at the annual Dover Days Fair and maintains visibility in the local press.

The deadline for LCC grant applications is generally in mid-October of each year. In order to be considered, one original and seven copies of the complete typed application must be submitted by the deadline. The annual amount available to Dover for grant awards is dependent on legislative appropriations and state funding allocations. Preference is first given to local applicants, then to non-local applicants who have prearranged with a local sponsor, and finally to those who demonstrate a clear indication of direct cultural benefit to the Dover community.

The DCC also promotes the availability of other MCC grant programs.

Anyone interested in serving on the DCC is urged to contact any one of its members or the Dover Board of Selectmen.

Contacting the Dover Cultural Council

Mailing Address:
Dover Cultural Council
P.O. Box 202
Dover, MA 02030

Members

Position Name Term Expires
Member Olia Lupan 2017
Member Elizabeth C. Rich 2017
Member Diane Brauer 2017
Member Lara J. Clark 2017
Member Shobha Frey 2019
Member Melissa Frank 2019
Member Lynn Collins 2019
Member Linda Holiner 2019
Member Kristin Brophy 2019
Member Wendy Bornstein 2020

Meetings

Check the Town Calendar for meeting dates and times.

Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities

Dover Town Code
There shall be a Cultural Council of at least five members appointed by the Board of Selectmen on a rotating basis of one or more members each year for three-year terms. The Cultural Council’s duties and authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, those specified in M.G.L. ch. 10, ยงย 58.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Dover Cultural Council do?
The DCC annually awards grants that bring cultural enrichment to Dover residents through performances, exhibits, education programs, and demonstrations. These grants are intended to enhance the quality of life and contribute to the cultural vitality of Dover.

Where does the money come from?
All DCC funds originate from legislatively appropriated state funds that are allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to Local Cultural Councils (LCC). Grant funds are reimbursed to award recipients after the successful completion of their program.

Who can apply for grants?
Any individual or non-profit organization is eligible to apply directly to the DCC for a LCC grant, or to the MCC for any of the state agency’s numerous other cultural grant programs.

What is the average size of LCC grant awards?
The size of grant awards depends on the annual funding allocation that the DCC has received from the state MCC, as well as, the number and quality of LCC applications received during a given year. Grants awarded in recent years have ranged from $100 to $800, with the average being around $300.

Where do I get an application?
Applications for LCC grants are available from the DCC, any of its members or from the MCC’s website at: http://www.mass-culture.org/. This website also provides LCC grant guidelines, the ability to prepare an LCC application on line, as well as information about all of the other grant programs offered by the MCC.

When do I find out if my grant has been approved?
Depending on the MCC determined application schedule, award notification and denial letters are sent two to three months following the deadline, as determined by the MCC. In recent years, the application deadline was mid-October, and notification letters were sent out in December and January.

How can I become involved with the DCC?
Anyone who is interested in working with the DCC or becoming a member, should contact any of the current DCC members, or a member of the Dover Board of Selectmen.