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.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Announcing Fall LCC Grant Writing Workshop & New Direct Grant Program for Fall Grant Round

The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s program manager Lisa Simmons and the Northampton Arts Council (NAC) will hold a Grant Writing Workshop to support potential applicants considering submission of proposals for community-oriented arts and humanities programs due October 15th. Anyone interested in learning more about the proposal process and application is invited to attend, including residents supported by other Local Cultural Councils (LCC). The workshop will include information about the application used by all LCCs, presented by the Mass Cultural Council. This MCC presentation will be followed by an opportunity to learn about the Northampton Arts Council’s funding priorities and guidelines as well as developing a budget for your application. Information will also be presented about the MCC Direct Grant program which has been adopted by the NAC. New this year, grant award-winners will receive their funding upfront and not on a reimbursement basis.

To help applicants prepare an effective funding proposal, the Council will hold a grant writing workshop on Wednesday September 11th, 6:00PM at the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building’s Flex Space, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060. The session is open to artists, schools, non-profit cultural organizations, and residents interested in applying for funding through the Local Cultural Council Program.

To RSVP for this workshop please visit our online signup form:

The Northampton Arts Council is calling for funding proposals from artists, residents, organizations, and schools. Council grants support cultural activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances, workshops, and lectures. Applications will be available online beginning September 1st and are due by October 15th.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council including information about previously funded projects, visit

Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

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