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.


FY23 LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL GRANT ROUND -Online Application Opens: September 1, 2022
Online Application Deadline: October 17, 2022

The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Grants are awarded in the following categories: Dance, Media Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.
The deadline was November 1, 2021. We are still working to review and award grants. We plan on being finished on August 30, 2022. Our apologies for the delay in this difficult time

Important Dates:
Disapproval emails sent out by August 15, 2022
Approval emails sent out by August 30, 2022

These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds -- including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies, scholarships, or performances in schools, workshops, virtual presentations, and lectures that take place between January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022. The Northampton Arts Council will award $19,600 in total grant funds.

Northampton Local Cultural Council Grant Priorities FY22

Will I receive notice of whether my application has been accepted via postal mail or email?
LCCs have the option to send denial and acceptance letters via email or postal mail. Most councils will choose to send emails. If you haven’t received news by January 15, 2022, try contacting the council.

Will the reimbursement process be moving online as well?
No. The reimbursement process will not move online this year. 

I have another question that isn’t answered here.
If you have a technical issue or a question about the online application, please email or call 617-858-2721. 

If you have questions about Northampton Arts Council's priorities, please email

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 PerformanceFirst Night Northampton, and the Four Sundays in February Series.

Funds are available to projects that take place in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Schools, Theater, and Visual Arts.

A list of past grant recipients is here.

  • ArtsEZ Spring Grant Guidelines are being updated
  • List of Local Venues/Spaces HERE
  • Funding for project proposals that will be completed between 7/1/23 - 6/31/24
  • Northampton Arts Council Logo & MCC Logo

What Happens if You Receive an ArtsEZ 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, and paid advertising by putting the Northampton Arts Council logo on the press materials. Failure to do so will result in a 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.

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 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. Donations are tax-deductible.
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. Donations are tax-deductible.
J. Scott Brandon Fund - For more information click here.
Conflict of Interest Policy
To ensure that members of the Northampton Arts Council are free from conflicts of interest, board members are required to disclose any current or prospective affiliations they or their immediate family members have with an actual or potential applicant. “Affiliations” applies to employment, board memberships, independent contractual relationships, advisory or policy relationships, substantial contributor relationships, or other financial relationships. In addition, panelists are required to disclose any past or current adversarial relationships with actual or potential applicants. Arts Council board members and staff who apply for a grant recuse themselves entirely from participating in the review process and allocation determinations of their grant application.

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