Montague Cultural Council
The Montague Cultural Council aims to increase the cultural vitality of our town by supporting activities that enrich the lives of residents of its five villages: Turners Falls, Millers Falls, Montague Center, Montague City, and Lake Pleasant.
Our Council is participating in the new system which no longer requires the reimbursement process. Instead, grant money is available in full once projects are approved and proper paperwork is submitted by grantees. If you are awarded a grant, you will be required to submit a final report to the Local Cultural Council upon completion of your program. Please read the LCC Program Guidelines and our Council Priorities before you apply.
c/o Town Hall
1 Avenue A
Montague, MA 01376-1128
FY22 Local Priorities
The Montague Cultural Council wishes to encourage proposals from a broad range of applicants and to fund programs that allow Montague residents in all five villages to experience a diverse array of cultural events.
We weigh many factors when making decisions about which proposals to fund. This year we will look most favorably on:
Projects which focus on Cultural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically-marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Montague. Projects should create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQX, Latinx, refugee, immigrant, or person living with a disability.
In your application, you should:
Tell us how your program will have significant public benefit for Montague residents.
Describe specific efforts you will make to ensure that your program is accessible and inclusive.
Explain how the work will be shared with the general public.
Tell us how your program will increase opportunities for underserved audiences
Projects which demonstrate community support and planning will be prioritized.
In your application, you must demonstrate that you have thoroughly considered the logistics of implementing your project. Provide as much specific information as possible about venue, costs, collaborators, and scheduling.
Please Include letters of support from venues and collaborators if you can. The online application system will allow you to upload supplemental materials. If you are unable to, you can email or mail them to the below address. (Email is preferred whenever possible.)
Montague Cultural Council
Montague Town Hall
1 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376-1128
FY22 Local Guidelines
Applicants can be: arts, humanities, or interpretive science organizations; individuals, including artists, science educators, historians or other humanists, parents, or community members; or community organizations including, but not limited to, schools, social service organizations, civic groups, neighborhood centers, or youth, senior and family associations. Incorporated organizations must have nonprofit status; unincorporated associations must have a nonprofit purpose. Individual applicants are required to be residents of Massachusetts for at least one year; organizations must be organized and operating in the state for at least one year.
Evaluation of applications
Grant applications are evaluated based on several review criteria: artistic or creative merit; project design; qualifications and track record of the individuals and organizations involved; physical accessibility of any facilities being used; and Montague community benefit and involvement. Montague-based applicants and programs are given preference over those based in other towns.
Projects may include the participation of outside professionals. The Council seeks to support new, innovative projects rather than recurring requests. The Council has determined that its allocation of funds is most effective when larger percentages of its limited resources are provided to fewer projects that represent the potential capacity to reach a broad cross-section of the Montague community.
Proposals from schools and libraries cannot include requests for support of expenses that should be or have been part of the municipal budget (i.e. teacher salaries, classroom supplies, school-sponsored clubs and organizations, library books/videos).
Timeline for applications
Application deadline: October 15
Notification of disapproved applications: November 15
Final notification of approved applications: on or before January 15
Grant period: One year from date of approval Notice
Final reports due: by January 15 of the following year.
All applications must be submitted through the LCC grants page on the Massachusetts Cultural Council website.
Grant recipients are required to complete projects within 1 year of date of their approval Notice. Grant payments are made to approved grantees once W9 and acceptance forms are submitted. Any extensions must be approved by the Council.
Approved grant applicants are required to acknowledge support of their projects in all published materials and announcements. Verbal and written credit statements must note that the activities are supported by Montague Cultural Council grant funds allocated by the Mass Cultural Council.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
Review Complete LCC Program Guidelines