State Rep. Sheila C. Harrington and Lili Ott, chair of the Groton Cultural Council, have announced the award of 10 grants totaling $4,500, for cultural programs in Groton.

The Groton 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.

Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Groton Cultural Council are Frank Conahan, Pat Hartvigsen, Monica Hinojos, Gretchen Hummon, Mary Jennings, Dina Mordeno, Lili Ott, Joni Parker-Roach, Susan Randazzo and Ann Wilson.

"It's the local volunteers who really make this system work," said Harrington. "They make limited resources go as far as possible, and they make the tough decisions about which projects should be supported. Thanks to them, the arts, sciences and humanities are part of people's everyday lives in every community across the state."

This year's grants include: $450 for the Groton Greenway River Festival; $400 to support a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Groton Senior Center; $300 to Hands-on History/American Revolutionary War program for the third grades; $400 to support the work of The Marble Collection Inc. publishing high-school students' work in arts and literature; $500 to the Nashoba Valley Chorale; $500 to support the 2014 Stone Carving Symposium at Contemporary Arts International; $600 to support the Art for Understanding program at the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden; $600 to support the free monthly concerts at Indian Hill Music; $250 to support the Harvard Pro Musica concert and $500 to Wendy Frank to support Literacy Through Music and Poetry program at Florence Roche Elementary School

The Groton 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. Statewide, more than $2.34 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2014. Grants in Groton in past years have supported an enormous range of artistic projects and activities in Groton -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, performances in schools, workshops and lectures, such as programs at the Groton Public Library, musical performances at the Groton Senior Center, and enrichment programs at all the schools.

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Groton Cultural Council, contact Lili Ott at liliott@gmail.com. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at mass-culture.org/lcc_ public.aspx. The deadline for the next round of grants is Oct. 15. In the fall, application forms will also be available at Groton Town Hall and at the Groton Public Library.