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.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

2019 Production Grants from Northampton Community Television

Production Grant submissions are officially open. This year we are accepting proposals for Short Films, Media Workshops to be held at NCTV, Mixed Reality, and Public Art. Submissions are due by midnight on April 7 14th, 2019. Go to for more information.

NCTV Production Grants support media creators in Northampton, MA. By easing the financial burden of production we aim to empower people in our region to tell stories and craft experiences that may not otherwise be possible. This grant’s purpose is to achieve a specific objective and enhance an artistic skill and talent of the grantee. 2019 will mark the sixth round of production grants distributed by Northampton Community Television.

When filling out the grant be sure to pretend we don’t know you, even if we do. A stranger should be able to read your application.

NCTV will endeavor to fund at least one grant for a youth project, meaning an applicant who is 18 years of age or younger.

Short Film
This grant is for short narrative, documentary or experimental films. All films should include a pitch at least one page in length (approximately 500 words). When applicable, such as in the case of narrative work, please attach a completed draft of a script.

Documentary submissions should include signed statements from major parties involved as to their participation. Also include a budget and timeline for your project. We do not fund music videos.
  • up to $2000 per project
  • narrative, documentary, or experimental
  • 10-30 Minutes
  • one page pitch required
  • script may be required
  • budget and timeline required
  • documentary films should include a commitment letter

Mixed Reality
Mixed Reality Grants will go to a recipient creating an immersive experience in VR, AR, or 360˚ video. A project outline of at least one page is required, that outlines the goals and parameters of the project.

A budget and timeline is required for the project. Any accompanying materials that the applicant feels are relevant, such as scripts, concept sketches, or flowcharts, should be included in an application.
  • up to $2000 per project
  • virtual reality, augmented reality or 360˚ video
  • budget and timeline required
  • accompanying materials as needed

Public Art Project
This grant is for a public art project that uses multimedia elements as part of its core messaging, medium, or experience. At completion the project should be performed or displayed publicly for free.

The project should also include some method of documenting that public performance or exhibition. A one page pitch, budget, and timeline are required.
  • up to $1000 per project
  • must have a multimedia element
  • one page pitch required
  • budget and timeline required
  • free public performance or exhibition
  • documentation of that performance or exhibition

Multimedia Workshop
We are lucky to be surrounded in our community by talented creators with extensive professional experience. As a way to leverage that resource and provide a learning experience for those looking to hone their crafts we are offering a grant to support a multimedia workshop at NCTV.

This workshop will span a period of at least 5 hours of class time over a single or multiple sessions with more hours required for larger grant awards. An outline of the workshop plan is required as well as an explanation of the instructor’s qualifications. A budget and timeline are required. Multimedia workshop topics could include but would not be limited to scriptwriting, 3D printing, makeup and hair, coding, cinematography, visual storytelling, blogging, animation, podcasting, etc.
  • up to $1000 per project
  • multimedia workshop to be held at NCTV
  • application should outline instructor’s qualifications
  • budget and timeline required
  • a workshop plan is required

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