Belmont Cultural Council
Is should be noted that due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 situation, all aspects of our grants may be affected.
The Belmont Cultural Council consists of volunteers appointed by the Selectmen to support community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Disciplines include public art (Belmont Art Association Transformer Project,) all-town festivals (including Porchfest), music (in 2018 Cellist Mike Block at the Public Library and Ayla Brown at Payson Park Music Festival), dance (Classical Kathak Indian Dance children’s show at the Beech St Center), theater, (Stage Ensemble Theater Unit at Belmont’s Town Theater, Science (Mass Audubon Habitat’s events at the Belmont Farmer’s Market) and more! New members are welcome!
A key component is that any program must have a public benefit to the residents of Belmont – for schools, local organizations or Belmont resident individuals. Recipients of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants in Belmont have included the Belmont Gallery of Art, public and private schools, the Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, the Belmont Public Library and the Belmont Council on Aging. Recipients have created paintings, murals, sculptures, exhibits, musical programs and workshops, nature lectures and hands-on programs, all of which enrich the lives of the people who live and work in Belmont.
Belmont is part of a direct payment program – approved grantees will receive their funding up front and not on a reimbursement basis. Instead, a final report will be necessary. Detailed information and forms will be supplied in the award announcement which comes in early January. Funds must be spent within the calendar year after the award letter date.
The state agency has a variety of initiatives which our local council volunteers can help educate and advise applicants about. Most awards are only a portion of the applied amount thus applicants need to consider other sources of funding as well. New initiatives are considered and supported by an active volunteer base.
Vicki Amalfitano, Chair
455 Concord Avenue
Belmont, MA 02478-2573
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FY22 Local Priorities
It is important to note that the following description of the Belmont Cultural Council priorities may be adjusted during the COVID-19 crisis.
In addition, the Belmont Cultural Council will be waiving “physical venue” requirements due to COVID-19 considerations. All proposals that still include an in-person event or physical gathering must adhere to the Town of Belmont and Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID rules and regulations. If your project is virtual, please let us know in your application.
The council prioritizes funding applicants from Belmont and cultural events and activities that benefit the Belmont public. Cultural events and projects are defined broadly and include arts, lectures, performances, interpretive science, and humanities. Our July 2021 Community Input Survey indicated that town residents had the greatest preference for community-wide gatherings (festivals, farmers? market activities), the performing arts (concerts and plays), educational programs and events in Belmont schools, public art, and nature, science, and environmental education. The population segments of highest importance were families and children.
Priority is given to events that occur in Belmont, and that are in collaboration with Belmont based organizations. Applicants based outside of Belmont are required to secure the sponsorship of a Belmont public or non-profit organization and include a sponsorship letter endorsing the project which must be attached to the online application as a PDF file. This grant year we expect to have an allocation from the Mass Cultural Council of about $7,800 to distribute in local grants.
The council places a priority on programs that occur after January of the grant cycle, i.e., January 2022 through December 2022, for the upcoming grant year. All grant recipients are expected to present a publicity plan as part of their application. Field trips and funds for food or drink will not be awarded grants.
FY22 Local Guidelines
The application form should be completed online at www.massculturalcouncil.org/applications/lccapp.asp . Please answer questions as clearly, directly, and completely as possible. Describe the project and any collaborators and address the review criteria. The budget is divided into Projected Expenses and Projected Income. These must be equal amounts. You can include in-kind donations — that is, services, materials or facilities which are provided at no cash cost to you. You may not request grant money for field trips and consumables such as food or drink.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines