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Bernardston Cultural Council

The Bernardston Cultural Council will consider all applications. Forms must be submitted online through by the deadline of Oct. 17th.

To be considered we require the following;
A definite venue. The venue must be confirmed prior to submitting the grant request.

The date of the event or program must be confirmed and submitted with your online application.

If you are awarded a grant (partial or full), you are fully responsible for the creation and distribution of all marketing and publicity materials. All programs must be advertised properly.

We encourage all artists or persons to apply. It is important to be able to offer diverse programming in our town. We might not always be able to fully fund each application, but we try to consider as many as possible.

Due to the high amount of applications we receive each year, and to the limited funds we are able to provide, an applicant’s chances of receiving funding are increased when the grant amount requested is below $500.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is excited to announce that the Local Cultural Council Program online application is now available. All applications will need to be submitted online at

Please read local and State Guidelines carefully. Massachusetts cultural funds are not to be used to replace existing public funds for programs in the arts and humanities.

We receive a large amount of grant requests and can only consider complete applications. We truly appreciate your cooperation.

The Bernardston Cultural Council.


Sheila Damkoehler Co-Chair

38 Church Street
Bernardston, MA 01337-8500

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

Bernardston Council Priorities

The Bernardston Cultural Council gathers input from the community yearly and develops funding priorities based on this feedback. This year the Bernardston Cultural Council will give priority to:
• Applicants that have secured a local venue
• Projects that serve youth or the elderly
• Projects that focus on local history

In addition to the state criteria applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:
• How well the program meets our local priorities
• Community support and involvement
• Evidence of track record and dedication of the applicant
• Ability to address the diverse cultural needs of a community’s underserved populations or support diverse forms of cultural activities
• Financial need
• Demonstrated planning

FY23 Local Guidelines

Information not provided

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Authors and Artists Festival Authors&Artists Festival: Writing the Land $250
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Families Suggests $250
Racial Justice Rising Community Outreach for Racial Justice - Year 2 $200
Tincknell, Roger L. Beatles and Beyond $500
Franklin County Pride, Inc. Franklin County Pride Event $300
Bates III, Davis R. Celebrating New England: A Performance for Seniors $475
Clay, Sarah Stolen Moments $390
Ross, Sheldon "Dixieland Stomp" Band $525
Cushman Library Exploring P.I. Pond Workshop $457
Antenna Cloud Farm Antenna Cloud Farm 2022 Season $400
Morales, Marilyn Duo Pianists, Composers & Educators Whipple & Morales in Concert $552
Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc. 2022 Theater Thursday Play Reading Series $300
Pioneer Valley Regional School Trip to NYC $500
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. 9th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival $250
Cushman Library Reading the Woods: Uses, Lore, and Legends of our Forest Plants $150
Cushman Library Read Beyond the Beaten Path Story Walks $379
Leff, Alex Cycle of Memory $800
Local Access to Valley Arts Social Justice in the Arts and Media: Theory and Practice $100
Piti Theatre Company Shelburne Falls Theater Festival $500
Nix, Michael C. New American Banjo Festival $300
Pioneer Valley Symphony, Inc. “Wild Symphony” - 2022 PVS Education Concert $450

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