Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are due Oct. 15.

The Ayer Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

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

The Ayer Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Ayer Cultural Council will distribute about $3,870 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Ayer Community School's Pumpernickel Puppets, Ayer Library's Summer Reading Performances, and the Nashua Valley Concert Band Concerts For Ayer.

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Ayer Cultural Council, contact Tony D'Amico at 978-772-0058,