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Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire

CCNB regrants funds from the Mass Cultural Council to individuals and organizations for projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. In addition, two individual artists are awarded $1000 each annually.

Eleven municipalities are represented. These municipalities are: Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams, Monroe, Savoy & Williamstown.


Cecilia Hirsch

PO Box 227
North Adams, MA 01247-0227

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FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

Our Council represents eleven mostly rural towns. In all our activity we seriously consider the challenges of creating community in the Northern Berkshires. We prioritize funding events and projects taking place within our municipalities, and/or where the applicant resides in one of our municipalities.
We aim to at least partially fund all proposals which receive strong reviews. We will never, however, support proposals which solely lead to personal commercial gain.

FY24 Local Guidelines

The Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire makes grants available to:

1- Individuals and organizations for project grants that have a community benefit
2- Schools and other non-profit educational entities
3- Two Individual artists, with the goal of supporting their public exhibition as a kick-off opportunity for the upcoming grant cycle.

When evaluating grants, the Council:
* Takes into account the challenges of creating community in the Northern Berkshires
* Prioritizes funding events and projects taking place within our 11 municipalities, and/or where the applicant resides in one of our 11 municipalities
* Does not support proposals which solely lead to personal commercial gain
* Accepts proposals with digital content, but considers the public benefit they bring to our 11 communities, as well as the grantee’s connection to these communities
* Aims to at least partially fund all proposals which receive strong scoring
* Asks that any member with a conflict of interest refrain from voting on that application

More information on venues:

Venues should be handicap accessible.

The Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire requires venue invitation letters in two instances:
1- If the applicant does not reside in the CCNB area, the application must contain a venue invitation letter signed by a representative from the local hosting venue, preferably on letterhead stationery, confirming that the event will take place at that venue. Phone and email contact information must be included.
2- If the applicant is not the hosting venue, but is using the venue for the project.

If a venue (school, library, theater, etc) is organizing and completing the project, no venue confirmation letter is needed. If a project is digital in delivery, no venue letter is needed.

More information on the artist grants:
1- Artists can note in their application that they would like to be considered for this grant, but this is not required.
2- The award may support any expense that enhances the artist’s ability to create his/her/ their work such as supplies, materials, equipment, rent, travel, residencies, etc.
3- Artists are chosen based on the excellence of the artist’s work as evidenced by samples of recent work submitted as part of the application as well as the potential of the project to advance the artist’s work. Relevance to our communities is often considered, but is not a requirement.
4- The chosen artists will work with the Cultural Council to create an exhibit/performance of the work created as a result of the grant in one of the eleven towns. During the run of the exhibit/performance, a reception for all grantees may also be held.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Adams Free Library Find Your Voice Summer Reading 2023 $1,260
Barrington Stage Company, Inc. Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP) $1,250
Bates III, Davis R. A Celtic Celebration: Performance for Seniors/N Adams COA $475
Bates III, Davis R. A Celtic Celebration: Performance for Seniors in Williamstown $475
Bergin, James St. John's Concert Series $2,019
Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School 2nd Annual International Cultural Festival $2,000
Berkshire Music School, Inc. DRUM TO THE BEAT: A Musical Enrichment Program $2,019
Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, Inc. Supporting After-School Music Education from BAAMS $1,500
Canary, Alicia Making Paper with Invasive Plants $2,500
Canary, Alicia Berkshire County and the Atomic Age $850
Charles H. McCann Technical School Romeo and Juliet Field Trip $3,040
Cheshire Community Association Town of Cheshire Summer Festival $2,150
Cheshire Council on Aging Seniors to the Theatre 2023 $950
Cheshire Council on Aging Sheryl Faye Presents Clara Barton $400
Clarksburg Elementary School Fall Foliage Parade Float $500
Clay, Sarah Whisper Not $450
Common Folk Artist Collective Shared Studio & Lending Library $3,600
Common Folk Artist Collective Common Folk Creative Programming $2,000
Community Images, Inc. Young at Heart Matinees $1,330
Daunis, Michael North County Chorale $3,352
Domkarova, Sonia Future Lab(s) Gallery community exhibition space $2,019
Doubiago, Karylee Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival $4,325
Drury High School Drury Stage Company- Theater Season $2,000
Dunning, Catherine Monthly Life Drawing $600
Elkus, Eli Musical Storytelling at Windsor Lake $375
Emma L. Miller Memorial Elementary School Berkshire Theater Group Touring Performance $800
Farrington, Anna INSTALLATION SPACE 2023 Season $1,500
Fazio, Rhonda M Dyeing to Wear It $400
Ferguson, Carrie Carrie Ferguson and the Grumpytime Club Band family concert $550
Friends of the Lanesborough Public Library, Inc. Cultural Exposure Program $700
Greylock Flume, Inc. Moxie Monday Nights (2023) - Elevating Local Talent $840
Greylock Flume, Inc. FESTIVE Holiday Market $700
Heart & Soil Collective, Inc. Community Garden Enhancement $2,300
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Families Suggests $500
Hirsch, Ghetta Painting for Seniors/ Senior Art Show $2,000
Holmes, Isabelle Phil Kline's Unsilent Night $1,500
Hoosic River Revival, Inc. Plein Air Painting at a Site Near the Hoosic River $600
Hoosic River Watershed Association, Inc. Music & Poetry Along the River $2,800
IS183, Inc. ARTcentric: Berkshires After-School at Brayton Elementary School $506
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc. On The Road - North Adams $1,200
Jazz in the Berkshires, Inc. Jazz in the Berkshires $4,500
Kids 4 Harmony Kids 4 Harmony $3,500
Lanesborough Public Library Music and Literacy Enrichment Program $1,000
Leventhal, Rona Wondrous Wonder: A Story-Movement Playshop! $550
Lewis, Bernice E. Music Event $2,200
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $500
Maichack, Gregory Pastel Paint Georgia O’Keeffe’s Famous Lily $545
Maichack, Mary Jo D. The Vanishing Hitchhiker Urban Legends & Tales $450
Maichack, Mary Jo D. Fabulous Folktales & Myths for Adults $475
Moore, Yina The Adams Theater Spring Festival 2023 $3,000
Mowinski, Melanie Working Title: Power of the Pause $1,500
Mowinski, Melanie Print as Action $800
Nadler, Charlie Pop-Up Punchlines $1,000
New England Puppet Arts 2023 Berkshire Lantern Walk $1,000
North Adams Public Library Mr. Vinny the Bubble Guy $550
Parisi, Rita Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight $500
Pittsfield Shakespeare, Inc. Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park $269
Porcino, John P. Rural Lands Celebrations $519
Pruyne, Linda Learn to Play the Ukulele $1,500
Reynolds, Emilee Bouncing Babies (re-submit) $500
Reynolds, Emilee Doodle Bugs (re-submit) $150
Rogers, Scott Windsor Jazz-Blues Workshop $100
Schorr, Marney It´s My Body: Art for Social Change (AIRY) $819
Scott, Sheila Healing Through Music $125
Sevenars Concerts, Inc. Sevenars 55th Anniversary Season $369
Shakespeare & Company, Inc. 2023 Fall Festival of Shakespeare $1,500
Spatz, M. Alice Creation and Completion of "Berkshire Triptych" $800
St. John III, Edmund St. Patrick's Day with author, Kevin O'Hara $300
Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, Inc. Boreal forest exploration at Youth Center Inc and Mt Greylock summit $1,300
Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center, Inc. Berkshire Rhythm Keepers at Ramblefest $375
The Artist Book Foundation Book Donations to Williamstown Library $1,280
The Berkshire Fife & Drum Corps Berkshire Fife & Drum Corps Starter Drum Equipment $2,500
The First Congregational Church of North Adams, Massachusetts I Am Afro: A Street Fair for All the People $3,000
Tincknell, Roger L. Elvis to the Everly Brothers $500
Tincknell, Roger L. Beatles and Beyond $500
Tincknell, Roger L. From Ireland to America $500
WAM Theatre, Inc. WAM Theatre’s 2023 Season and Community Engagement program $250
Wallin, Tina Free Hops Medicine Making Class $650
Wallin, Tina Herbalist Meetup $900
Williamstown Chamber of Commerce Local Live Music @ the Williamstown Farmers Market $960
Williamstown Cultural District Production of 15 “Eyes On Art Town” Street Banners for Walden Street $1,500
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, Inc. A Celebration of Williamstown Natural and Farming Landscapes Through Literature and Art $2,800
Young, Irene Community Felting Workshop $300
Youth Center, Inc. Sticks and Boots $1,200

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