The Lloyd Center for the Environment, Inc. has received a grant of $8,400 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency. This grant was awarded through the MCC’s Cultural Investment Portfolio Grant Program for cultural public programing. State grants are awarded through a competitive process, thereby signifying that the Lloyd Center provides a high level of public value through its programs and community service.
“It’s fantastic to see the benefits of the Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. With the support of the MCC, the Lloyd Center has been able to continually offer programs in public schools that cannot afford them, thereby increasing the number of children that have been able to reap the benefits of participating in the Center’s wonderful science programs.” – State Representative Christopher Markey
Financial support from the MCC’s Cultural Investment Portfolio Grant Program enables the Lloyd Center to continue providing first-rate environmental research and education services to the schools and citizens of southeastern Massachusetts. Of special note is the fact that MCC support makes it possible for the Lloyd Center to provide science programs to public schools which would not otherwise be able to afford them. With municipal and school budgets as tightly restricted as they are today, the Lloyd Center’s ability to provide interactive and effective science teaching has proven to be of great benefit to the cities and towns they serve.
Additional facts of interest: the Lloyd Center has taught over 100,000 students in the Center’s education programs since 2006; has over 25,000 visitors annually from 40 states and 11 countries; has over 30 years of monitoring threatened and endangered species; and has over five miles of hiking trails on their 82-acre property free and open to the public 365 days a year from dawn to dusk.
MCC has a budget of $15.7 million, including an appropriation of $14 million from the state of Massachusetts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. MCC also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment. Its funds reach every community in Massachusetts. The mission of the MCC is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The not-for-profit cultural industry has a $4.2 billion economic impact in the state.