The South Hadley Cultural Council is one of 329 local and regional councils (LCCs) representing the 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) distributes funds annually to the LCCs, who then re-grant funds to arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects that provide a benefit to their own communities. The amount of funding available each year depends on the population and tax-base of the municipality and the current state financial status. Individuals, schools, and cultural organizations are eligible to apply to
local councils for project support. Funding for cultural field trips is available to subsidize the cost for children, grades PreK-12, to attend programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences (including performances, educational tours and exhibits).
--The application deadline is October 15 (each year).
--LCC applications are moving online for FY15 (October 15, 2014 deadline).
--Current information and applications for each annual grant cycle are available after September 1.
Local guidelines and funding priorities are detailed at:
Those seeking funding from the South Hadley Council are expected to:
--clearly demonstrate how the project will engage and benefit residents of South Hadley
--have all event date(s) and location(s) secured
--seek no more than 50% of the total project budget from the Council
--review and comply with local guidelines and application instructions
Grants are reimbursement-based (applicants spend their own money, then submit paperwork for reimbursement once the project is completed). Projects submitted to the South Hadley Cultural Council for the October 15 deadline must occur between January and December of the following year. Applicants should be prepared to receive less than the full request and to show other sources of funding in the project budget. Criteria for consideration include local funding priorities, clearly articulated benefit to South Hadley, project quality, clarity of the proposal, and evidence of ability to carry out the project. Grants may not cover food or items that should be paid for by a municipal budget.