The Northampton Arts Council is an 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


LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL (LCC) GRANT ROUND IS CLOSED UNTIL FALL 2019 - We received 80 applications requesting $80,802 of funding.

In Fall 2017 the Northampton Arts Council awarded 23 grants totaling $11,590 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 40 requests for almost $35,750 of funding. Grants are 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. More information visit: http://www.mass-culture.org

Our LCC funding priorities are: Northampton-based artists; Artists who reside in another city in Massachusetts 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. We are pleased that you are interested in applying to the Northampton Arts Council for funding. These guidelines will help clarify the process. If have another question that isn’t answered here or if you have a technical issue or a question about the online application, please contact our help desk at 617-858-2721 or email MCC_help_desk@art.state.ma.us

Grant Timelines
Completed online applications must be received by October 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Projects may start no earlier than January 1, 2019, and must be completed by December 31, 2019.

Grant Award Amounts
Grant awards are determined by the merit of the proposal and the funds available. This spring the Arts Council will be awarding a total of up to $13,700 in the following Categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Schools, Theater, and Visual Arts. The Arts Council rarely awards a grant for the full cost of a project. Organizations and individuals are strongly encouraged to support some expenses through their own budget, to approach other sources for funding, and to seek donations of materials and labor. Such support helps demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed project.
Instructions
Applicants complete their applications online and submit them directly to the LCC to whom they are applying through the online system by the October 15 deadline. In years when October 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, the statewide deadline is the Monday immediately following October 15. While all LCCs use the same basic application form, some may require supplemental materials from their applicants. These can be uploaded and attached to your online application. Before submitting an application, applicants should read the council's priorities for additional instructions. Council priorities can be found by typing the name of the LCC into the search box on this page and selecting the “Council Priorities” tab.

Unless a Local Cultural Council prohibits the practice, it may be possible to submit more than one application to an LCC. However, because the demand for LCC funds far exceeds the supply, applicants should first contact their LCC to discuss whether or not it makes sense to submit more than one application or to prioritize the applications.

If an applicant feels that a program will provide public benefit to more than one community, they may submit an application to more than one LCC.

Timeline
October
Grant applications must be submitted to the LCC through the online system by the deadline, October 15 at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time. In years when October 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, the statewide deadline is the Monday immediately following October 15. After the deadline, online submissions will be collated by Mass Cultural Council for each LCC and delivered to the council in the form of a PDF panel book.

November-December
Between November 1 and December 30 councils will hold voting meetings to make decisions on applications, send denial letters, and handle reconsideration requests.

January
By January 15, councils will have submitted their Annual Report to Mass Cultural Council, and will begin to notify applicants.

Ongoing
LCCs process reimbursement requests with their municipality. The time it takes LCCs and cities/towns to process reimbursements varies but can take 4-8 weeks. Grantees carry out their programs and acknowledge the funding they've received through Mass Cultural Council/LCC.

What Happens if You are Awarded a Grant in the Fall of 2018?
Funds are awarded on a reimbursement basis only. Request for payment must be made by December 31, 2019. 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. Download the Fall Grant Reimbursement Forms here.

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ArtsEZ SPRING GRANT ROUND - CLOSED UNTIL SPRING 2019

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, First Night Northampton, 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 $18,000 to 34 recipients with grants ranging from $250-$1000. This spring we will award up to $20,000 to projects that must start no earlier than July 1, 2018, and must be completed by June 30, 2019. ONLY ONLINE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

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.

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: Artistic 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.

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BJ GOODWIN MEMORIAL FUND - Now accepting proposals

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

BJ Goodwin Donation Sheet 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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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.

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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.

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