Funding proposals are being accepted for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs in Reading. The Reading Cultural Council has set an Oct. 17 deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the Reading community.

According to council spokesperson, Donna Schenkel, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Reading, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. The Reading Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth.

The 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. This year, the Reading Cultural Council will distribute $6,400 in grants. Previously funded projects include the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network, St. Agnes Summer Theater, Reading Community Singers, Birch Meadow Parent Teacher Organization, The Ivy Chord Coffee House, Delvina Theater Company and the Reading Antiquarian Society.

For local guidelines and complete information on the grant process, visit or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Both online applications and paper applications will be accepted for fiscal year 2017. Applicants are encouraged to submit online. Paper applications must be printed. Paper submissions should include a completed, signed original and six copies by mail or by hand to the Reading Cultural Council at Town Hall, 16 Lowell St., Reading, MA 01867. Additional information about the Local Cultural Council Program is available online at