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Deerfield Cultural Council

The priority of the Deerfield Cultural Council is to bring new and varied programs to all ages of our population. We award the funds to the applicant in each category that will reach the most residents.

1. We try to allocate intergenerationally, events that are accessible to all ages will be prioritized.

2. We give preference to events that take place in town or have free or reduced ticket prices for our residents.

3. We give preference to applicants that have a plan for COVID-19 in the event that it’s necessary. Events can be offered online (ex. Via Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) and/or outdoors, or have an established rescheduling plan with the venue.

4. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that persons with disabilities have access to public programs or services on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. Furthermore, federal law mandates that any programs or service that receives federal or state funding must be accessible to persons with disabilities and reasonable accommodation be made to provide an accessible environment. Therefore, all events and programs funded by the LCCs must consider access for persons with disabilities, including the facility or event location as well as the content of the program. To ensure equitable access, an applicant’s first step is a candid assessment and identification of barriers (physical, virtual, cultural, communication) followed by a bold and innovative plan for improvement. If an applicant puts forward a proposal for a project with strong potential for public benefit, but the Local Cultural Council has concerns about access for persons with disabilities, the council may choose to award a conditional approval. This would allow the applicant the opportunity address the concerns and improve access as a condition of receiving the grant.

5. If the event is to be held in person, you, as the applicant, must provide the venue and indicate that you have received permission to use that venue. < 6. Generally smaller grants are more likely to be funded. (We are splitting up a very small pie.) We cannot stress enough the need for the applicant to have an approved plan with a venue and a budget in place before applying. This confirms that our community is invested in the event and will work towards its success.

7. We give priority to projects that increase awareness of cultural diversity and/or elevate the voices of historically marginalized groups. Projects should create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQX, refugee, immigrant, or persons living with a disability. Projects may include coalition building, research, leadership, and youth development.


Emily Gaylord

Deerfield Town Hall
8 Conway Street
Deerfield, MA 01373-1021

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

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FY23 Local Guidelines

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How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Authors and Artists Festival Authors and Artists Festival $250
Neill, David Music for South County Senior Center Picnic $375
Ross, Erika Mindfulness and Writing: A Slow Down Time $300
MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $280
Racial Justice Rising Community Outreach for Racial Justice - Year 2 $400
Franklin County Pride, Inc. Franklin County Pride 2022 $500
Van Egmond, Timothy Spring Performance At The South County Senior Center $125
Deerfield Recreation Department Alana & Duh Band $200
Deerfield Recreation Department The 60's Experience $200
Native Plant Trust, Inc. Plant Communities of Massachusetts $421
Clay, Sarah Stolen Moments $200
Town of Deerfield 350th Anniversary Steering Committee History Working Group The Nuts and Bolts of It: A Brief and Practical Exploration into Deerfield’s Industrial Heritage. $450
Stepanek, Julie A. Learn Ukulele with Julie $309
Swing Set Singers Swing Set Singers in Concert $500
Ryan, Janet Songs Stories and Movement $500
Farber, Peter Presentation and Educational Performance of Big Band Music $150
Halloran, Bill Live Blues Concert $200
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. 9th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival $250
Belding Memorial Library Lake House Rendezvous $500
Hazen, Layla Indigenous Peoples of the Connecticut River Valley - Powerful Stories $600
Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc. 2022 Theater Thursday Play Reading Series $150
Ohketeau Cultural Center The Living Presence of Our History Part VI $500
Local Access to Valley Arts Social Justice in the Arts and Media: Theory and Practice $100

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