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.

Grants

The Northampton Arts Council supports the Arts in many ways. Here are some of our local funding opportunities that artists, arts organization, and schools can take advantage of.

History of Local Cultural Council Program
The Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen. The Local Cultural Council Program was first established in 1982 and was managed by the Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council. Then in 1990, the Arts Lottery Council merged with another state agency, the Massachusetts Council on Arts and Humanities, to form the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). The MCC has overseen the LCC Program since and receives its funding from an annual state appropriation. Administered by 2,400 municipally appointed volunteers, the LCC network consists of 329 councils serving all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. Each year, local councils award more than $2 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide. These include school field trips, afterschool programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film. LCC projects take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls, parks, and wherever communities come together.


LCC FALL GRANT ROUND - Closed until Fall 2017
The Northampton Arts Council recently awarded 27 grants totaling $11,650 in support of a variety of projects from funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s LCC program. The caliber of applications this round was outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 55 requests for almost $58,828 of funding. Grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts. A list of past grant recipients can be found here.

Fall Grant application deadline was October 17, 2016;
Awarded $11,650
Local Guidelines here
Supporting materials are required
More information visit: http://www.mass-culture.org

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.

Funded project proposals that will be completed between 1/1/17 - 12/31/17
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT A PAPER APPLICATION
List of local venues/spaces here
Northampton Arts Council and MCC Logos here

What Happens if You Receive a Grant in the Fall?
Fall Grant Reimbursement Information here
Funds are awarded on a reimbursement basis only. Request for payment must be made by December 31, 2017. In addition, all successful applicants must properly credit the Northampton Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council for providing funds to the project in all press materials, posters, programs, announcements, paid advertising by putting the Northampton Arts Council logo and the Massachusetts Cultural Council logo on the press materials. Failure to do so will result in loss of funding! An example of proper credit would be: "This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council" as well as adding both logos to the press materials.


ARTSEZ SPRING GRANT ROUND - Opens Spring 2017
The Northampton Arts Council is a unique Local Cultural Council in that it offers a second round of grants every spring with money raised through annual events like Transperformance and the Four Sundays in February Series. Funds will be available in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Schools, Theater, and Visual Arts. Last spring, the Council awarded $15,000 to 23 recipients with grants ranging from $250-$1500. Projects must start no earlier than July 1, 2017, and must be completed by June 30, 2018. ONLY ONLINE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. A list of past grant recipients can be found here.
DEADLINE TBD
Funding for project proposals that will be completed between 7/1/17 - 6/31/18
ArtsEZ Spring Grant Guidelines here
Arts Council Logos here
List of Local Venues/Spaces here

What Happens if You Receive a Grant in the Spring?
ArtsEZ Spring Grant Reimbursement Information here
Funds are awarded on a reimbursement basis only. Request for payment must be made within twelve months of notification of grant award. In addition, all successful applicants must properly credit the Northampton Arts Council for providing funds to the project in all press materials, posters, programs, announcements, paid advertising by putting the Northampton Arts Council logo on the press materials. Failure to do so will result in loss of funding. An example of proper credit would be: "This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council" as well as adding our logo to the marketing materials.

How does the Arts Council decide which grant proposals get funded?
The volunteer board members of the Arts Council review each grant. Each board member is assigned a grant category and carefully reads every proposal in that category, following up with the artists for additional information if necessary. Each assigned board member then presents all the grants in his/her category to the entire board during the grant review meeting. After hearing presentations on all the grant submissions, each board member scores each grant proposal in three categories: Artist Integrity (0-10), Community Impact (0-3), and Feasibility (0-3). Each Board member’s score for each grant is calculated and averaged into a total score.

Our Funding Priorities:
--Northampton-based artists.
--If you reside in another city, your project must be held in Northampton, Florence, or Leeds.
--Work demonstrating the highest artistic/cultural merit.
--Projects that include a public component that clearly benefit the residents of Northampton such as an exhibition, literary reading or performance held in Northampton.
--Non-profit cultural and educational institutions that offer programs and events which bring arts and culture to a Northampton audience.
--Projects that are feasible (secured venue & other funding sources)
--Schools, not artists, should apply for projects that take place in schools.



BJ GOODWIN MEMORIAL FUND - Rolling Application Deadline
In honor of BJ Goodwin--performer, dancer, and educator--the Northampton Arts Council has formed a new grant program for the arts community. The BJ Goodwin Grant is designed to provide direct assistance to a Northampton-based artist, writer or arts organization in recognition of exceptional work and to support the further development of artistic talents. It is our hope that this grant opportunity will also provide artists with recognition and affirmation from their peers and the public. Individuals or organizations that are considered for this grant have already demonstrated their exceptional work within our community and are looking for supplemental funding to bring their work outside our region to another country or another region within the U.S. If you are interested in applying for the BJ Goodwin Grant please email bfoote@northamptonma.gov or call (413) 587-1069.

Good example of BJ Goodwin proposal is here
History of BJ Goodwin Fund here
The Northampton Arts Council accepts donations from the community that go towards the building of this special fund.
To donate to the BJ Goodwin Fund click here, please write "BJ Goodwin" in note section to define the donation.
All donations are 100% tax-deductible.


MUSICAL INSTRUMENT GRANT FUND - Rolling Application Deadline
The Musical Instrument Grant was established to provide support to Northampton’s most promising young musicians. Every year, the NAC’s Musical Instrument Grant will select one high school student in Northampton, based on teacher recommendations, and provide that student funds to purchase a pre-professional to professional level instrument. The selection process is based on musical accomplishment, as well as financial need.

For more info: http://www.northamptonartscouncil.org/p/musical-instrument-grant.html
All donations are 100% tax-deductible.


TRANSPERFORMANCE MUSIC BENEFIT was established to provide support to Northampton’s most promising young artists. Every year, the Northampton Arts Council directly donates a portion of the proceeds from Transperformance to the Parent Teacher Organizations of Northampton High School, JFK Middle School, RK Finn Ryan Road, Leeds Elementary, Bridge Street School, and Jackson Street School. The funds are earmarked for arts education and enrichment.
All donations are 100% tax-deductible.