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The Amherst Cultural Council allocates state Arts Lottery funds, but it is directed to support and nurture arts activities in the community by seeking private or other public funds and initiatives.


Matt Holloway & Julianne Applegate - Co-Chairs

4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002-2302

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

We will prioritize projects for and by BIPOC communities, individuals with disabilities, and low-income communities. We seek applications from people of all ages, races, and persuasions. We encourage new applicants and welcome repeat applicants.

Grant applications will be prioritized by the benefit they bring to the Amherst community. Please provide detailed information about how your project will specifically benefit people in the greater Amherst community.

We encourage events that bring regional collaboration and benefit. For grants that have regional audiences and also benefit Amherst residents we encourage you to apply to all LCC’s with communities who will benefit from the event.

To better serve the community, grants will be evaluated and prioritized to assure that the assortment of grants funded provide different types of arts and cultural activities: (e.g. music, theater, visual art, performing arts, literature, science, historical, and other types of events).
Council Guidelines

Virtual events will be considered. Please include information on your virtual platform. Venues and dates must be confirmed when submitting an application. Please include a letter from the venue as confirmation of date.

FY24 Local Guidelines

Only one application from each group or individual will be considered. Please combine multi program/project requests under one application.

Applications from students are encouraged, but we do not support projects whose sole purpose is fulfillment of a requirement for a degree program.

Travel expenditures will not be reimbursed.

Please identify recipients of stipends and the number of performances, if applicable. K through 12 applications for projects and field trips must state how they relate to classroom activities and curriculum. The ACC will consider funding tickets for students and one adult for one trip per grade per school.

Do not attach more than ten pages of supplemental material.

All events and programs funded by the ACC must consider access for persons with disabilities, including the facility or event location as well as the content of the program. To ensure equitable access, an applicant should make a candid assessment and identification of barriers (physical, virtual, cultural, communication) followed by a bold and innovative plan for improvement.


As equity and inclusion are central to our work, we encourage applicants to develop accessibility practices and include accommodation services in their applications. ACC has dedicated funds to support accessibility — your grant budget may include additional funds for accommodation services that will provide improved access to your project. If it does, please specify the type of supports / services you are able to provide in your application narrative. Accommodations for greater access may include, but are not limited to: sign language interpreters; language interpreters and / or translations; open or closed captions; verbal and audio description; sensory modifications; and accessible website development. Resources are available through the Mass Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Mass Commission for the Blind, Massachusetts Office on Disability, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Independent Living Centers, the New England ADA Center, and your city’s Office of Disability. Applicants seeking more information about writing accessibility supports into their grants may reach out to ACC Co-Chair Matt Holloway (

Regarding accessibility, applicants may also wish to review our 4/28/22 Accessibility Roundtable presentation, found at
Does your council make direct grants or reimbursement based grants?
Learn more about how you can pay grantees up front to promote equity and access by reading the LCC Program Guidelines.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
1794 Meetinghouse, Inc. Quabbin Valley Pro Musica 2023-2024 Season $250
Amherst Art Alliance, Inc. Art In Community II $1,752
Amherst Cambodian Exhibit Committee Cambodians in Amherst: A History of the Khmer Community Opening Festival $1,000
Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc. Juneteenth and $5 Family Films $1,500
Amherst Community Theater Theater Access Tickets for Amherst Community Theater show "Seussical" $1,000
Amherst Historical Society Strings at the Strong 2024 $1,800
Amherst Regional High School Youth Voice Through Hip Hop Arts $1,500
Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools Multilingual Parent Advisory Council Linguistic Heritage Celebration $1,300
Ancestral Bridges Foundation, Inc. Reclaiming Our Narrative: Blacks and Indigenous in Amherst since 1776 $2,000
Antenna Cloud Farm, Inc. Antenna Cloud Farm Music Festival & Retreat $250
Arcadia Players, Inc. Arcadia Players 34th Season $1,250
Black Business Association of Amherst Area, Inc. Still We Rise: Black Celebration Series $3,000
Center for Human Development, Inc. All In! End-of-Year Recital $3,000
Charlemont Forum Summer Speakers Series 2024 $150
Collaborative for Educational Services, Inc. Amherst Kindergarten Readiness Music Performance $350
Comeau, Robert South Amherst Cemetery and Commons Historical Tour $170
Elkus, Eli Musical Storytelling & Folk Music at Amherst Farmers' Market $450
Empowerment Through The Arts, Inc. Habitat Habitat: The Animal's Point of View $1,500
Escamilla, Marshall Discovering Dinosaurs in the Pioneer Valley: A Place-Based Science Podcast for Kids $800
Ferguson, Carrie Carrie Ferguson and The Grumpytime Club Band $500
Friedman, Andrew D. FLOW @ the Farmers Market $300
Fullerton, Sean CREEQUE ALLEY: A Tribute to American Folk Music and 1960's Folk Rock $450
Hampshire Young People's Chorus 25th Anniversary Concert $700
Harris, Susan Yard Susan Yard Harris: Dialogue with a Collection $500
Harvester, Hannah Climate Cafe Series $250
Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Program, Inc. Hilltown Youth Recovery Theatre $1,000
Holt, Terry Electrify Amherst $850
Human Agenda Theater Human Agenda Theater 2024 Season $400
Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Inc. Community Frostiana Performance for Frost's 150th Birthday $750
Leader, Rachel KlezCummington 2024 $600
Lepere, Dawn LeFever performing at The Strong House $400
Lippert, Sophie Connections Concert Series $900
Local Access to Valley Arts On the Boards '24 $200
MUSIC 1. I am Autistic I am Fantastic 2. Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $800
Martinez, Deliabridget Salsa con Tacos Latin Dance $1,500
McClung, Melissa E. Robert M. McClung Project (Moths & Flutterbies) (working title) $750
Medeiros, Michael Every Day More Fathomless $500
Michaux, Sophie P. Tiny Glass Tavern concert and singing workshop: The Hagiography: A Musical Pilgrimage through the Lives of the Saints $300
Mohawk Trail Concerts, Inc. Summer Festival 2024 $250
Montague Shakespeare Festival Montague Shakespeare Festival $1,000
Mothers Institute for Collaboration and Art MICAfest Art for Change: The M/others' View $750
Music On Main: Concerts at First Church Unsilenced - Hearing Afghanistan Today Activist music of composer & pianist Arson Fahim a conversation and chamber music concert with Arson Fahim & Cuatro Puntos Ensemble $500
Northampton Center for the Arts, Inc. 2024 Youth Performance Festival $800
Novi Cantori of Greater Springfield, Inc. Choir Concert on Mental Health $700
Porter-Phelps-Huntington Foundation, Inc. Wednesday Folk Traditions 2024 $1,000
Real Live Theatre RLT presents "When The Mind's Free" $600
Restless Books Amherst Immigrant Writing Workshop / Translating Emily Dickinson's Poetry w/ Children $2,400
Root, John A. Welcoming Pollinators $250
Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc. Summer 2024 Season $2,000
Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School The Viking Runestone $275
Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Inc. SSO Musical Petting Zoo $750
Survival Centers, Inc. Tunes@Noon $1,000
Swift, Joshua Accessible Improvisation: Creative Dance Classes $650
The Downtown Amherst Foundation, Inc. Free programmiing/ events in support of the ARHS performing arts department $2,500
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: A Celebration of Native American Art, Music and Cultures $700
Tincknell, Roger L. Children's Songs and Singing Games Family Concert $500
Valley Art Salon The ArtSalon $400
Valley Arts Mentors Mentorship Program and Webinar Series $325
Valley Light Opera, Inc. Iolanthe $750
Weaver, A. C. Shabbtai Tsvi $800
the Wizard, Ed Magic for Seniors $450

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