Cultural Council

The South Hadley Cultural Council (SHCC) is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) 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 (MCC), a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Funds are awarded based on individual community cultural needs, assessed and set by Council members. Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by the municipally appointed volunteers who serve on LCCs.

LCC Grant Applications (October 16 Deadline)

The SHCC's current local guidelines and funding priorities for the 2018 grant cycle is available at LCC grant applications for events taking place in 2018 were accepted from September 1 through the October 16, 2017 deadline. Grants recipients will be announced in mid-to-late January. 

Applications received after the deadline are not considered. Please note that applications to the SHCC must detail benefit to the citizens of South Hadley, include a confirmed program venue, date and time (or timeframe), and other sources of financial support (no more than 50% of total project cost should be requested from the Council).

Please visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Local Cultural Councils website at for complete details about the LCC grant program, application guidelines, and the application process.

Community Arts and Cultural Planning

Sources of information for local arts/cultural programming and resources include:
  Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley Visitors-Arts and Culture |
  The Valley Arts Newsletter |
  American Towns-South Hadley |
  Know Your Town-Around Town |
  Mount Holyoke College |

Meetings @ South Hadley Public Library

 Upcoming Dates
 Times  Subject
2/13/2018 6:30pm Community Mixer/Board & Committee Input
3/13/2018 6:00pm Business Meeting
4/10/2018 6:30pm Grant Recipient Reception
5/8/2018 6:00pm Business Meeting
9/11/2018 6:00pm Business Meeting
10/9/2018 6:30pm Community Event TBD
11/13/2018 5:00pm FY19 grant application review
12/11/2018* 6:00pm FY19 grant reconsideration
(*if needed)

Membership and General Information (1-Pg PDF)

Contact Us / More Information

LCC website:
MCC website:

Mailing address: South Hadley Cultural Council
c/o South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley MA 01075

 Members and Officers
Renee Sweeney
June 2018 (2)
Co-Chair Rebecca Slitt
June 2019 (1)
Richard Matteson
June 2021 (1)
Marion Canning
June 2018 (2)
Emily Dean
June 2018 (1)
Paul Lambert
June 2020 (1)
 Member Rachel Hernandez June 2019 (1)
 Member Halley Gmeiner
June 2018 (1)

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes