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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.


Rachel Teumim

c/o Town Hall
1 Avenue A
Montague, MA 01376-1128

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 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

FY23 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 17
Notification of disapproved applications: November – December, 2022
Final notification of approved applications: on or before January 17
Grant period: One year from date of approval Notice
Final reports due: by January 17 of the following year.

Application process

All applications must be submitted through the LCC grants page on the Massachusetts Cultural Council website

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

FY22 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Authors and Artists Festival Authors&Artists Festival: Writing the Land $250
The Montague Reporter, Inc. Holiday Wrapping Paper Created from Newspapers $200
Franklin County Pride, Inc. Franklin County Pride 2022 $250
Racial Justice Rising Community Outreach for Racial Justice - Year 2 $300
Native Plant Trust, Inc. Plant Communities of Massachusetts $100
Tincknell, Roger L. 2 Children' Songs and Singing Games Family Concerts $350
Ferguson, Carrie Carrie Ferguson and The Grumpytime Club Band $200
Ryan, Elizabeth Summer Music Series $100
Means, Pamela Pamela Means Presents The Power of the Protest Song: Our Shared History & Present Day Struggles $500
Antenna Cloud Farm Antenna Cloud Farm 2022 Season $700
Porcino, John P. To Life: Celebrations in Story, Song and Music $200
Montague Community Band Summer concert series $300
Montague Catholic Social Ministries, Inc. Migrations Festival $500
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. 9th AnnualPocumtuck Homelands Festival $500
Montague Public Libraries Rainforest Reptiles - Alligators & Crocodiles of the World $225
Musica Franklin, Inc. Community Concert Series $764
Cunha, Edite Introduction to Pique Assiette Mosaic art $210
Podlenski, Amy Documentaries and Discussions with GFBTB $575
Piti Theatre Company Inclusion Improv $750
Local Access to Valley Arts Social Justice in the Arts and Media: Theory and Practice $100
Nix, Michael C. New American Banjo Festival $500
The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center, Inc. The Art Of Bird Photography $150
Baker, Geoffrey Music lessons for children $20

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