The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New Funding Announced for Commonwealth Places!


Looking to attract public support for a local community project? 
Commonwealth Places can help.

We're excited to announce YEAR 3 of our Commonwealth Places program with MassDevelopment officially kicks off TODAY. Commonwealth Places  is a crowd-granting challenge program to activate new or distressed public places and community spaces. The program is open to municipalities and nonprofits to improve low- and moderate- income communities in Massachusetts.

The Commonwealth Places program aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions through a crowdfunding platform, with the incentive of a dollar-for-dollar funding match (up to $50,000) from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached within 60 days. Through its first two rounds, Commonwealth Places has launched fifty projects in Massachusetts, with MassDevelopment providing more than $1.4 million in matching funds. Projects have included main street improvement projects in North Adams, Wakefield, and Hyannis; large scale mural projects and public art installations in Lynn, Salem, and Worcester; and pop-up retail activations in Ashland, Boston, Brockton, and Lowell, among others.

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Applications for the third round will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of midnight on December 21, 2018.

There are some minor changes to the program eligibility criteria so I'd ask prospective applicants to please review the new program guidelines posted to the program page here.

If you have any questions please be sure to reach out directly to Jonathan Berk at Jonathan@patronicity.com.

Communities, nonprofits, and other entities can learn more by visiting MassDevelopment.com/CommonwealthPlaces or contacting Laura Barrett at lbarrett@massdevelopment.com or 800-445-8030.

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50 Projects AND COUNTING!
Launched in 2016, Commonwealth Places aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions through a crowdfunding platform, with the incentive of a dollar-for-dollar funding match (up to $50,000) from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached within 60 days.

Through its first two rounds, Commonwealth Places has launched fifty projects in Massachusetts, with MassDevelopment providing more than $1.4 million in matching funds. Projects have included main street improvement projects in North Adams, Wakefield, and Hyannis; large scale mural projects and public art installations in Lynn, Salem, and Worcester; and pop-up retail activations in Ashland, Boston, Brockton, and Lowell, among others.

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