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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

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
1794 Meetinghouse, Inc. Quabbin Valley Pro Musica 2022-2023 season $145
Amherst Art Alliance, Inc. Art in Community $2,353
Amherst Cinema Arts Center, Inc. We Support Community $2,215
Amherst Community Theater Theater Access tickets for "The Little Mermaid" musical $1,000
Amherst Historical Society Strings at the Strong $1,985
Amherst Regional High School Transformative Performing Arts Experiences for All $2,500
Antenna Cloud Farm Antenna Cloud Farm 2023 Season $200
Arcadia Players, Inc. Arcadia Players 33rd Season $2,000
Bates III, Davis R. Celebrating the Season: Winter Holidays $475
Beatty, Justin Odenong Powwow $7,000
Charlemont Forum Summer Speakers Series 2023 $300
Cope, Jr., Edward L. Magic for Seniors and Famlies $450
Elkus, Eli Musical Storytelling Series $285
Empowerment Through The Arts, Inc. Lifting All Voices- Arts and Theater - Amplify and Empower $235
Fazio, Rhonda M Dyeing to Wear It: Creating Community through Color $285
Ferguson, Carrie Carrie Ferguson and The Grumpytime Club Band $550
Friedman, Andrew D. FLOW at the Amherst Farmers Market $300
Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range, Inc. Summit House Sunset Concert Series $600
Fullerton, Sean Acoustic Memories $250
Ghost Ensemble, Inc. Rewild: Experimental Ensemble Music by Sky Macklay, Pauline Oliveros, Miriam Piilonen, and Ben Richter $1,415
Green Street Brew A Capella Group Local Vocal Chord Bowl #12 $945
Hampshire Young People's Chorus YPC Spring Concert $600
Henderson, Steven I. An Accidental Wedding $325
Hesse, Johanna Social Fabric II: A Community Rugmaking Project $235
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Families Suggests $700
Kirouac, Daniel Concert for Senior Center $250
Longstreeth, Ken Free Concert by Jeff Gavioli and his BAD NEWS JAZZ AND BLUES ORCHESTRA featuring Cindy Reed $1,335
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $600
Martinez, Deliabridget Salsa con Tacos Latin Dance $1,200
Means, Pamela Pamela Means presents The Power of The Protest Song: Our Shared History and Present Day $705
Mohawk Trail Concerts, Inc. Summer Festival 2023 $190
Montgomery, Jason ABP Text Poem Project 2023 $285
Multi-Arts, Inc. The Monarch Butterfly - Art Workshop & Exhibitions $850
Music On Main: Concerts at First Church Together We Sing: A Multicultural Concert $850
Muspratt, Suzannah Self-guided walking tour of stained glass in Town Center $2,700
Native Plant Trust, Inc. Plant Communities of Massachusetts $565
Northampton Center for the Arts, Inc. 2023 Youth Performance Festival $800
Paperbark Magazine Paperbark Magazine Celebratory Launch $235
Parisi, Rita Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight $330
Porter-Phelps-Huntington Foundation, Inc. Wednesday Folk Traditions 2023 $990
Root, John A. Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping $500
Self-Evident Education, Inc. The Power of Truths Arts & Education Festival $285
Starlight's Youth Theatre, Inc. Matilda $700
Sticca, Paul Strong House Concert - Acousticca $750
Stryker, Catherine For Want of a Nail $945
Survival Centers, Inc. Tunes@Noon $1,200
Swift, Joshua Developing Site-Specific Dance (Live and Installation) $600
Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, Inc. Gaia Roots Interactive World Music Concert & Workshop $1,000
The Downtown Amherst Foundation, Inc. multi event collaboration with ARHS Community Free to Public $2,500
The Emily Dickinson Museum Emily Dickinson Museum Amherst Area Community Day $1,880
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. 10th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festiva; $500
The Valley Winds, Inc. USA to Mexico: Migration and the Music of Butterflies $1,180
Tincknell, Roger L. Children's Songs and Singing Games Family Concert $500
Tresise, Lucy West African Drum Workshop-Come out and play $200
Valley Art Salon Valley ArtSalon in Amherst $400
Valley Classical Concerts, Inc. Valley Classical Concerts 2022-2023 Season $190

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