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.

LCC Grant Reimbursement

FY22 LCC Grant Reimbursement Guidelines

Northampton participates in the MCC’s Direct Grant Program. Approved grantees will receive their funding upfront and not on a reimbursement basis. Detailed information including a grant agreement and final report forms will be supplied to grantees once awards are announced in January 2022.

In order to receive grant funds, the recipient must submit a completed Grant Agreement, which is provided by the council within two weeks of receiving the award announcement. The form serves the dual purpose of stating performance terms and conditions as well as a payment authorization. The grantee will also be asked to complete a W-9 which will be attached to the Grant Agreement.

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 Arts Council and MCC logos 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Northampton Arts Council." Please add logos from both organizations to press materials as well. 


We strongly encourage sharing the final details of your event, as soon as you have them, by clicking this link to visit our google form. This helps us advertise the public component of your funded project. Grant recipients have one year from the date on their award notification to complete their program and submit their final report. A final report, which includes the final report form, evidence that the even took place and was credited as promised (ex: programs, news clippings, press releases, photos, testimonies, videos, etc.), should be sent to the council within two weeks of completing the funded program, but no later than one year from the date of the award notification.

If the funded program or project is not completed, the grantee is responsible for returning the grant funds, in full, to the Local Cultural Council. Grantees that do not repay the grant funds to the Local Cultural Council risk jeopardizing future funding in accordance with Local Cultural Council grant agreement requirements.

Publicity: We require that each award recipient email a press release and image file (.jpg preferred) to arts@northamptonma.gov. Please email the press release and image at least two weeks prior to the event or exhibition to the public. We will help to advertise the public component of your funded project on our website-http://northamptonartscouncil.org.
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