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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 2023: Chairperson: Charles Laboy, Secretary Mary Jennings, Piaget Smith, Nancy Shephard- Murray, Kamini Sanghivi, Jim Albert, Bill Butman, Sharlene Reynolds, Wilhelmina Humphries, Natasha Ortiz, Rachelle Masters and Craig Harris.

***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.

For information, please email



Charles Laboy, Chair

PO Box 888
Chicopee, MA 01013-2806

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

The focus of 2024 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 2024 Grant cycle is October 19, 2023(unless otherwise stated by MCC). Proposals past the deadline date will not be considered. For information on how to apply for grants contact the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Please contact the Chicopee Chicopee Council at with questions.
All written correspondence should be addressed to: Chicopee Cultural Council, P. O. Box 888, Chicopee, MA 01021

Our 2024 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.
Project applicants who are Chicopee residents and/or partner with a Chicopee business, organization or site will be given priority.

FY24 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 an October 19, 2022 deadline (unless otherwise stated by MCC) for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for FY2024 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, 2024 and Dec. 31,2024 and paperwork submitted no later than 1 year from the award letter date. We offer DIRECT FUNDING which means, you DO NOT have to wait for your project to be completed to file for your funding, in fact, it’s recommended to file soon after your acceptance letter.
* 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 Pitch & Question night will be held on Friday, October 13 from 5:00-7:30pm at Chicopee City Hall (3rd Floor auditorium & zoom). A 3 minute video submission is acceptable if you are unable to attend, please submit to by October 11th. This event is an optional opportunity to speak about your grant submission, ask and answer questions of the council, and will in no way impact your submission if you are unable to attend or submit a video.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Aviles, Samuel Peace Coffee Offers $1,750
Baker, George LVG Band $400
Baker, George Happy 5 Oompah Band $400
Barrett, Cynthia Emma and Belley: Sister Detectives, A Bilingual Book $150
Bates III, Davis R. Celebrating the Season: Thanksgiving Harvest $400
Boutin, Melanie Springfield Museums Field Trip $990
Bowie School Bowie Memorial Grade 5 Field Trip $870
Bowie School STEAM (Science, Technology, Enginerring, Arts, Music) Field Trip $550
Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee, Inc. Campus Mural $1,750
Bruno, Roger A Celebration of Song - The Great American Songbook and Beyond $400
Campbell, Sara Digging Deeper into Genealogy Locale Research - It's Not All Online $200
Chicopee Comprehensive High School CCHS Drama club Once upon a mattress $1,500
Chicopee High School The Fantasticks $2,000
Chicopee High School Inclusive Repertoire Initiative $1,251
Chicopee Parks & Recreation Aldenville Commons Summer Concert Series $1,750
Chicopee Parks & Recreation Fourth of July Concert Celebration $1,200
Chicopee Public Library Odaiko New England presents Taiko Thunder $880
Chicopee Public Library Storytime Quintet presents Peter and the Wolf $600
Chicopee Public Library Buildwave Workshop $500
Chicopee Public Library King and Kountry $400
Chicopee Public Schools Pottery for the People $1,900
City of Chicopee Hispanic Heritage Dominoes Tournament $1,200
City of Chicopee Movie month's $1,500
City of Chicopee Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration $2,000
City of Chicopee "Expressions of Love" Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Day $1,000
Comeau, Robert Chicopee Historical Tours $550
Crowes Pasture Crowes Pasture - A Contemporary Folk Music Concert $400
DREAM Studios, Inc. An Evening with Nina Simone $1,348
Escamilla, Marshall Discovering Dinosaurs in the Pioneer Valley: A Place-Based Science Podcast for Kids $1,000
Fisher, Donald Poetry and Spoken Word at the Chicopee Public Library $450
Fleischauer, Rosann Yarning around Massachusetts $500
Get Movin' Fitness Music, Dance and Culture Around the World $600
Greater Chicopee Area Community Concert Band GCACCB Spring and Winter 2024 Concert Series $700
Harris, Kenneth Foes of a Minimum Wage Guard $600
Hurlbut, Steven M. Jumpin' Juba Senior Concert $360
Ishutkina, Tatyana Let's Build a Roof over the World $685
Kachulis, Nick Life with Bill: A New Model for Aging. $300
Laboy, Charles One Strong Summer | 2024 $4,800
Le Note Diverse Stories of Fortitude: Women Composers of the Baroque II $1,000
Leatherwood, Daniel Chicopee Pride Fest and Flag Raising with Educational Panel $5,000
Longstreeth, Ken Concert by Jeff Gavioli and his BAD NEWS JAZZ AND BLUES ORCHESTRA featuring Cindy Reed $1,330
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $600
Maichack, Gregory Painting Seascapes Inspired by Winslow Homer: Maintaining Habitats $500
Mann, Elaine Decoupage Oyster Shells $400
Mann, Elaine Valentine's Day String Art $350
Midnight, Tito Chicopee Pride Mega Drag Bingo $700
Newell, Jared Fruit Fair $1,750
Novi Cantori of Greater Springfield, Inc. Novi Cantori Winter Concert $600
Patrick E. Bowe School Zoo at Forest Park $400
Patrick E. Bowe School World Language Books $501
Patrick E. Bowe School Hip Hop Promotes Positivity $1,000
Pioneer Valley Concert Band Sounds of Summer $400
Pioneer Valley Symphony, Inc. “Burden of Hope”: A concert for peace $1,200
Plasse, Richard Beatlemania $400
Resilient Community Arts 2024 Bilingual Plein Air Tour: Chicopee $500
Root, John A. Organic Gardening for Everyone $550
Ross, Sheldon Ragtime Five Brass Quintet $400
Salon Vincènte Back 2 School Bash $800
Sobel, Anna R. Race Car Puppet Show at the Library $400
Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Inc. SSO Musical Petting Zoo $2,000
St. Joan of Arc/St. George School Berkshire Theatre Group performs at St. Joan of Arc School $1,000
Sutherland, Debra Spotlight on the Arts $1,500
The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Center Fresh Market Music Series $3,000
Tincknell, Roger L. Winter Solstice Cerebration $400
Valley Arts Mentors Valley Arts Mentors: Mentorship Program and Webinar Series $600
Watsky, Craig Harris Drum Away the Blues $850
Watsky, Craig Harris Drum Away the Blues $850
Watsky, Craig Harris Drum Away the Blues $850
Watsky, Craig Harris Drum Away the Blues $850
Watsky, Craig Harris Rhythmic Reconnections $400
Watsky, Craig Harris Celebration of Music $400
Watsky, Craig Harris 60th Anniversary of the Beatles $400
Witt, Mary Music for community $1,000
Wong, Diane How Did We Get Here $1,500
York, Matt Matt York - Songs & Stories: Johnny Cash $400

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