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Greenfield Local Cultural Council

The Greenfield Local Cultural Council members aim to expand our cultural options in Greenfield. We are a small group that represents a wide range of people and interests. We hope to support a range of activities that allow something for everyone in our fine community.


Linda McInerney

Office of the Mayor
14 Court Square
Greenfield, MA 01301-3510

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FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

We are dedicated first and foremost to our home community and to that end our funding priorities direct themselves to arts, humanities, and science endeavors that are in Greenfield and open to the public. GLCC is deeply committed to supporting Greenfield-based artists, performers, and venues who contribute to the cultural richness of the area.

FY23 Local Guidelines

All applicants must submit completed applications by the statewide deadline, October 17. Late applications cannot be accepted.

The GLCC may approve grants for a broad range of projects and programs, such as operating support, ticket subsidies, field trips, artist residencies, public art, fellowships, community events/programs, site specific projects, and other activities.

Program eligibility.
Applicants may apply for grants for programs that take place during an 18-month window of eligibility from July 1, preceding the application deadline in October, through December 31 of the following year. This means that applicants may apply for projects that have already happened or which happen prior to grant announcements, with the knowledge that funding is not guaranteed.

Applicants must reside or be located in Massachusetts.
• Individuals. Individual applicants must show that a public benefit results from the project for which they are applying. A public presentation of an individual’s work may provide the needed public benefit. Individual members of Local Cultural Councils may apply for funding from a Local Cultural Council but must observe all conflict-of-interest laws and regulations in the granting process. Local Cultural Councils may also establish their own rules regarding applications from council members as long as these are consistent with the state’s conflict of interest laws.
• Incorporated private nonprofit organizations.
• Unincorporated associations that can establish a nonprofit objective. A group of individuals coming together with a common purpose (e.g., local community band, theater group) that do not have nonprofit status.
• Public schools, libraries, other municipal agencies, and the Local Cultural Council itself.
• Religious organizations. Religious organizations or groups with a religious affiliation are eligible to apply for funding for cultural programming that is available to the general public. LCCs can only approve applications that are primarily cultural in their intent and do not have the effect of advancing religion.

The first three rules listed below must be followed in the review of all funding decisions by Local Cultural Councils. All three rules are equally important.
1. Arts, Humanities, and Sciences
2. Public Benefit
3. Non-Discrimination
4.Local Cultural Council funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences in Massachusetts. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense.

How does Mass Cultural Council define the arts, humanities, and sciences?
• Arts refer to the creation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and inter-disciplinary arts. In addition, they also include the presentation, preservation of, and education about works in these disciplines.
• Humanities are types of learning that deal with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
• Science is limited to its cultural, interpretive, and educational expression and refers to types of learning that deal with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Some organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.

Public Benefit.
Local Cultural Council funds must be used to support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community rather than benefiting any private individual or group. However, this does not mean that a large crowd of people needs to participate to satisfy the public benefit requirement. Whenever possible, activities funded by Local Cultural Councils should be available to the public or community by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means. Programs do not need to be in-person to provide public benefit. Virtual and remote programming are also effective ways to make programming available to the public while supporting efforts to maintain and promote public health.

In accordance with state law, Local Cultural Councils may not discriminate against applicants and/or programs on the basis of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, or immigration, military, or socio-economic status. Nor may Local Cultural Councils fund projects that discriminate based on these attributes. 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 public. Furthermore, federal law mandates that any programs or services that receive federal or state funding must be accessible to persons with disabilities and there must be reasonable accommodation made to provide an accessible environment. 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.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Authors and Artists Festival Authors&Artists Festival: Writing the Land $100
DeRicco, Crista Youth Creative Writing Workshops $750
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Families Suggests $150
Benvenuto, Christine The Bridge of Her Nose $250
Oliveira, Elizabeth Production of Shakespeare's MacBeth, by the Greenfield Players $200
Friends of the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Inc. Fairgrounds Welcome Art $800
Franklin County Pride, Inc. Franklin County Pride 2022 $1,451
Racial Justice Rising Community Outreach for Racial Justice - Year 2 $550
MUSIC Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors! $400
Greenfield Recreation Department Greenfield Winter Carnival Ice Sculptures $1,000
Second Congregational Church Greenfield Bee Fest $500
Katz, Rachael Introduction to Metal Casting from 3D Prints $800
Nelson, Peter N. Last Request $200
Antenna Cloud Farm Antenna Cloud Farm 2022 Season $400
Tincknell, Roger L. Children's Songs and Singing Games Family Concert $450
Clay, Sarah Stolen Moments $390
Wirt, Edward New England Sax/Wind Quartet $100
Local Access to Valley Arts Social Justice in the Arts and Media: Theory and Practice $400
Whiton, Lindy A Voice Towards Loving $300
Jones, Emily Peaks and Valleys Music and Arts Festival $1,050
Greenfield Military Band Greenfield Military Band Summer Concert Series 2022 $500
Means, Pamela Pamela Means Presents The Power of the Protest Song: Our Shared History & Present Day Struggles $200
Musica Franklin, Inc. Community Concert Series $710
Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc. 2022 Theater Thursday Play Reading Series $150
Wood, Samantha Bee-themed Installation in Conjunction with Greenfield Bee Fest (exact title to be determined) $1,000
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. 9th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festiva; $500
Owens, George PaxSax Quartet Concert $200
Campbell, Sara Did Grandma Have a Filling Station - Greenfield's Women in Business $200
Piti Theatre Company 5th Annual Great Greenfield DinoFest $400
Cunha, Edite Intro to Pique Assiette Mosaics $250
Mendez, Yvonne Jazz Spectrum Under 40 $200
Pioneer Valley Symphony, Inc. “Wild Symphony” - 2022 PVS Education Concert $2,000
Great Falls Books Through Bars Solidarity Festival, In this Together $800

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