Chicopee Cultural Council
The Chicopee Cultural Council’s mission is to advance excellence and access to the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Through grants to artists, Arts organizations, independent council projects, volunteerism and community input, the Council aims to support local artists and enhance meaningful cultural experiences for the entire community. The Council strives towards good stewardship and community growth to promote wellness by contributing to our economic vitality and leveraging the power of the arts, culture and creativity for all citizens.
Cultural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically-marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Chicopee. Projects should create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, a Person of Color, LGBTQ+, refugee, immigrant, or person living with a disability. Projects may include coalition building, research, leadership, wellness, and youth development.
Members 2022: Chairperson: Jeannette Rivera, Secretary Lisa Hagar, Treasurer Kelly Reid, Vice-Treasurer and Information Tech: John Dumont, School Liaison- Ashton Malloy, and members: Charles Laboy, Debra Sutherland, Mike Sutherland and Craig Harris, Mary Jennings, Dan Bergeron, and Johnny Miranda-Alomar.
***Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm on the 3rd floor Chicopee City Hall Auditorium and subject to change. Zoom option available upon request.
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GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR FY 2023 ARE OPEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2022
Jeannette Rivera, Chair
PO Box 888
Chicopee, MA 01021-0888
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FY23 Local Priorities
The focus of 2023 grant proposals should remain similar to past years – community oriented arts, humanities, and science programs. This year the Council is encouraging new applicants to apply for grants and adding wellness providing programs to our priorities. The deadline to apply for 2023 Grant cycle is October 15, 2022. Proposals past the deadline date will not be considered. For information on how to apply for grants contact the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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All written correspondence should be addressed to : Chicopee Cultural Council, P. O. Box 888, Chicopee, MA 01021
Our 2023 Priorities include:
Projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically-marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Chicopee.
Projects should create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, a Person of Color, LGBTQ+, refugee, immigrant, or a person living with a disability.
Projects that promote equity and access.
Projects that include coalition building, research, leadership, wellness, and youth development.
FY23 Local Guidelines
The Chicopee Cultural Council is part of a network of Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community -based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities each year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency which allocates funds to each community.
The Chicopee Cultural Council has a October 17, 2022 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for FY2023 grants that support cultural & creative activities in the community. This funding encourages individuals, groups and not-for-profit organizations to bring to the community unique programming that centers around the arts, humanities, history, wellness, or interpretive sciences for children, teens, adults and/or intergenerational groups.
* The project MUST take place between Jan. 1, 2023 and Dec. 31,2023 and paperwork submitted 1 year from the award letter date.
* Projects must take place in Chicopee unless the grantee or Council is working with other local cultural councils.
* Applicants must reside or be located in Massachusetts.
* Transportation costs cannot be funded
* Chaperone costs (for field trips) cannot be funded.
* Refreshments (food and beverages) cannot be funded.
* Scholarship applications will be considered only if applicant is an organization applying on behalf of an individual, if there is proof of a fair selection process, and if the council finds sufficient public benefit.
* Capital expenses (items valued over $500 with life of over 3 years) for municipal agencies and all other applicants are reimbursable.
* Project salaries for municipal employees may be eligible, if applicable guidelines are met.
* It is essential that all successful applicants submit their required paperwork in an accurate and timely manner
* Applicant Interview night will be held on Wednesday, October 12 from 6:00-8pm at Chicopee City Hall (3rd Floor auditorium & zoom). 3 minute video submissions are acceptable if you are unable to attend, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 11th. This interview night is an optional opportunity to speak about your grant submission and will in no way impact your submission if you are unable to attend or submit a video.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
FY23 Funding List
A grant list will be published here after January 17, 2023 and once the Local Cultural Council has finalized their decisions.
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines