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



MCC/LCC Fall Grant Program - OPENS SOON; DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 17, 2016

Last fall, the Northampton Arts Council awarded $11,600 to 23 recipients in a highly competitive round with grants ranging from $200 to $1000 to projects in the following categories: dance, film/video, literature, mixed media, music, schools, theater, and visual arts. The caliber of applications during every grant round tends to be outstanding, and we are unable to fund many worthy projects. The Northampton Arts Council frequently receives over 70 requests for funding every fall.
  • Fall Grant application deadline is October 17, 2016; Application Window is not open yet.
  • We will award up to TBA this round
  • Application Instructions on MCC Site here
  • Funding for project proposals that will be completed between 1/1/17 - 12/31/17
  • Northampton LCC Printable Application for practice here
  • PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT A PAPER APPLICATION
  • Field Trip Fall Grant Application here
  • List of local venues/spaces here
  • Northampton Arts Council and MCC Logos here
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC)
  • Past grant recipients 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, 2016. 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.

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ArtsEZ Spring Grant Program - DEADLINE WAS MAY 15, 2016
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, 2016, and must be completed by June 30, 2017. ONLY ONLINE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.
  • DEADLINE HAS PASSED TO APPLY
  • ArtsEZ Grant application deadline was May 15, 2016
  • We awarded $15,000 
  • Funding for project proposals that will be completed between 7/1/16 - 6/31/17
  • ArtsEZ 2016 Spring Grant Guidelines here
  • Arts Council Logos here
  • List of Local Venues/Spaces here
  • SAMPLE ArtsEZ Grant Application here (do not submit)
  • Please do not submit paper applications, they will not be considered. 
  • Past grant recipients 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.

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History

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.


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.

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BJ Goodwin Memorial Fund - Rolling Application

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 new 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.

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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.

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