CHELMSFORD -- Two Chelmsford cultural groups have been given a combined $11,530, with more than $8,000 available to town groups for local art, culture and education projects.
The Chelmsford Cultural Council, which received $8,030 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, will be accepting applications from town groups and will give all the money away. Last year, the council gave money to the Chelmsford Community Band, Greater Lowell Music Theater and for shows at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, among others.
This year, the council has more money to give to various projects.
"It looks like a little bit more than last year," council member Kathy Cryan-Hicks said Monday. "Every bit helps."
The cultural council will accept applications from groups until Oct. 15 for art shows, performances or other cultural projects. It will then meet with applicants and decide in November which to fund. Applications can be obtained by visiting www.mass-culture.org/Chelmsford.
Also receiving money from the Massachusetts Cultural Council is the Chelmsford-based Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild. The group organizes annual statewide middle- and high-school drama festivals for which Chelmsford High School hosted preliminary rounds last school year and this year.
The state funding of $3,500 will cover a portion of the 80-year-old organization's $240,000 budget, which relies on an all-volunteer force.
"Every little bit that we get helps," said executive director Michael McGarty.
The grants are part of nearly $10 million doled out last month by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for fiscal 2014, with an increase of $1.6 million over last year.
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