The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Northampton Arts Council Seeks Funding Proposals

NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS FUNDING PROPOSALS--Proposals for community-oriented arts, due October 17th, 2016.

The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 17th deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Northampton Arts Council Director Brian Foote these grants can support a variety of artistic projects in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds-- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils 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, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Northampton Arts Council will distribute about $11,590 in grants.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council, contact Brian Foote at (413) 587-1269 or Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Our funding priorities are: 

• Northampton-based artists
• Artists who reside in another city but whose project will be held in Northampton, Florence or Leeds
• Work demonstrating the highest artistic/cultural merit
• Projects that include a public component, such as an exhibition, literary reading or performance held in Northampton, Florence or Leeds that clearly benefits the residents of Northampton
• Non-profit cultural and educational institutions that offer programs and events that bring arts and culture to a Northampton area audience
• Projects that are financially feasible

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