Cultural Council


2023 South Hadley Cultural Council Grant Applications 

Available September 1-October 17, 2022

The South Hadley Cultural Council is pleased to invite grant applications from local artists and organizations planning cultural programs for our community in 2023. 

The application will be available online beginning September 1, 2022, at Applications are submitted through the Mass Cultural Council grants management system according to the instructions found at this link. All applications must be submitted by midnight on Monday, October 17, 2022. 

The South Hadley Cultural Council welcomes applications from individuals and groups that promote the arts, humanities, and sciences through programs that benefit the citizens of South Hadley. We especially welcome applications for:

  • Programs that bring art and culture to students in South Hadley Public Schools and to South Hadley youth, 
  • Programs accessible to people with disabilities: in accessible locations, and/or specifically geared towards making arts and culture more accessible. 
  • Programs by and for communities most severely impacted by COVID-19 including BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and People of Color) communities, individuals with disabilities, seniors, low-income communities, and individual artists.

Applications should note the way the program benefits the citizens of South Hadley. They must also specify a confirmed venue, date and time (or timeframe) during the calendar year 2023, and other sources of financial support, if available. Given the ongoing pandemic, the Cultural Council will be more flexible about exact date, time, and place at time of application but encourages clear plans to confirm these details.

Safety in the pandemic continues to be high priority and the Cultural Council seeks to offer programming that can be accessed by populations that are at higher risk for COVID complications; thus, we welcome applications for events that can be conducted online or that otherwise take pandemic safety precautions.

Given the impact COVID-19 has had and continues to have on the cultural sector, the Cultural Council will accept applications for operational support that demonstrate a clear benefit to South Hadley residents’ cultural lives.

Do you have questions about applying for a grant from the Cultural Council? Email us at

About the 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.

Members and OfficersTerm
Paul Lambert, Chair
John Anz, Vice Chair
Mary Anne Myers, Secretary
Ira Brezinsky, Treasurer
Alexandra Ripp, Grants Manager
Jennifer Ducharme, Publicity and Marketing
Pauline (Joy) Jarme
Caroline Martin
Richard Matteson
Robin Wagner

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
Minutes are available following approval.
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Community Arts and Cultural Planning

Sources of information for local arts/cultural programming and resources include: 


The Cultural Council meets monthly. To see recordings of recent meetings via Zoom, click here.

Membership and  General Information (PDF)

Contact Us / More Information

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