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 17 Deadline)

The SHCC's current local guidelines and funding priorities for the 2017 grant cycle will be available at by September 1, 2016. LCC grant applications for events taking place in 2017 will be accepted from September 1 through the October 17, 2016 deadline. 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. Application forms for the 2017 grant cycle will be available on the LCC website by September 1, 2016. 

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
 February 7, 2017
Plan Community events
March 7, 2017 
Plan Community events
April 4, 2017
Community Arts Program TBD
May 2, 2017  6:00pm
Plan events, update priorities
September 5, 2017
FY18 grant cycle preparation
October 10, 2017
Community Arts Program TBD
November 7, 2017
FY18 grant application review
December 5, 2017*
FY18 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)
Vice Chair
Emily Dean
June 2018 (1)
Halley Gmeiner
June 2018 (1)
Marion Canning
June 2018 (2)
Liz Austin
June 2017 (1)
Rebecca Slitt
June 2019 (1)
Rita Starzyk
June 2017 (1)
Paul Lambert
June 2017 (1)
 Member Rachel Hernandez  June 2019 (1)

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
Minutes are available following approval.
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