The Lloyd Center for the Environment, Inc. has received a grant of $14,300 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 significant public value through its programs and community service.
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 residents 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 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.
“The Lloyd Center provides access to first-rate science programs for local underserved youth who otherwise might not have the opportunity for hands-on experiential learning that brings environmental science alive. This grant will help ensure that children can continue to benefit from these programs, and I sincerely thank the Lloyd Center staff for their efforts in developing and delivering these high-quality programs,” said Senator Mark Montigny, longtime supporter of arts and culture funding in the Massachusetts State Senate.
Mass Cultural Council has a budget of $15.7 million, including an appropriation of nearly $14 million from the state of Massachusetts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. The agency also runs the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.
Mass Cultural Council funds reach every community in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to promote excellence, education, access and diversity in the arts, humanities and sciences, to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the vitality of our communities and economy.