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Newton Cultural Council


Newton Cultural Council

1294 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459-1544

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FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

The goal of the Newton Cultural Council (NCC) is to support the cultural vitality of Newton by funding excellence in creative, cultural and humanistic projects of cultural organizations, artists, and humanists that benefit and enrich our Newton community. The NCC awards grants to projects in the humanities, arts and sciences annually. It requires all proposals to have a public benefit for Newton residents and encourages collaborative projects, novel ideas and serving underrepresented populations.

The NCC encourages projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Newton. The NCC strives to be an anti-racist, inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible council. We seek to increase funding for programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences created by or featuring BIPOC applicants and audiences. Newton Cultural Council will create internal organizational systems, processes, structures and cultures that encourage any person to engage with us. In creating an anti-racist and equitable council, we actively seek a multitude of voices within our community.

The NCC does not fund Newton Public Schools programs.
The NCC will prioritize those proposals having a confirmed venue, as well as those with a clear promotional strategy.

FY24 Local Guidelines

FULL NCC GUIDELINES are available at
APPLICATIONS must be submitted by OCTOBER 17th. Late applications cannot be accepted.
FUNDING PERIOD: July 2023 – December 2024
OBJECTIVES: To support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of Newton, through funding creative, cultural and humanistic projects involving Newton cultural organizations and Newton artists and humanists.

• The council awards grants to MA residents whose projects benefit Newton.
• Because NCC funding is not intended to be the sole source of project funding, the NCC requires applications to demonstrate other cash and/or in-kind funding.
• Applicants are encouraged to submit examples of their work: websites, YouTube, Social media, etc. are acceptable.
• An individual or organization may apply for no more than two grants in the same year.

NCC accepts applications from anyone included in the following list:

• Individuals. Individual applicants, which includes sole proprietors, must show that a public benefit results from the project for which they are requesting funds. Individual members of the NCC may apply for funding from but must observe all conflict-of-interest laws and regulations in the granting process.

• Incorporated non-profit organizations. Organizations incorporated as nonprofits with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

• Unincorporated associations. A group of individuals coming together with a common purpose (e.g., local community band, theater group) that do not have nonprofit status.

• Incorporated for-profit organizations. For-profit organizations incorporated with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. This includes corporations, partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies (LLC). Applicants must show that a public benefit results from the project for which they are applying.

• Religious organizations. LCCs cannot fund activities that are “inherently religious” such as religious worship, instruction, and proselytization. Religious organizations or groups with a religious affiliation are eligible to apply for funding for a project or program that:
o is available to the general public.
o has purpose of benefitting the public, not the religious organization.

Flyers, programs, announcements, invitations, etc. printed or online for all funded projects must include both the Newton Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council logos.
All announcements must also include the phrase: “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.” Failure to do this will jeopardize future funding.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Back Room Boston, Inc. Newton Artists at the Boston Festival of New Jewish Music $1,350
Bates III, Davis R. Generations of Fun: An Inter-Generational Performance $250
Belmont World Film, Inc. Belmont World Film's 20th Family Festival $900
Boston Dongfang Dance Troupe 2023 Lunar New Year Gala $900
Boston String Academy, Inc. Boston String Academy Fall Concert $1,800
Cappella Clausura, Inc. Singers' Choice with Guest Conductor $2,250
Charles River Wind Ensemble, Inc. Winds of the East - Concert $585
Coley, Cornell W. Cornell Coley and Afrika Gente $990
Csekö, Julia FURTHUR $1,075
Discovery Museum, Inc. Open Door Connections $200
Eversley, Jamaal Slam Theatre $840
Fisher, Ellen FenceART $1,120
Foster, Ricardo NightLife $1,510
Held, Grey Haiku Newton 2023 $1,075
Heller, Martha Broken Box Mime Theater In Newton! (BKBX In Newton!) $980
Herman-Haase, Eileen Dance Caliente Ballroom/Latin Workshops $390
Hu, Yu-Ling Mothers' Voices $515
Indigenous Peoples Day Newton Committee Indigenous Peoples Day Newton Ceremonial Celebration $1,800
Melbye, Carolyn Painters of Light: Learn & Create for Seniors $200
Miniscalco, Sheryl F. Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of The World $200
Monovich, Edward Observation/Transformation: public drawing adventures $1,080
Music Mondays at the Scandinavian Center Music Mondays at the Scandinavian Center $1,800
Narayanan, Sunanda New repertoire for a traditional art form $1,000
New Art Center in Newton, Inc. New Art Center's Free Community Cultural Celebrations $2,500
New Philharmonia Orchestra of Massachusetts, Inc. Celebrations! Returns! $1,800
Newton Art Association, Inc. Art at the Bus Stop $650
Newton Cultural Alliance, Inc. Allen Center Outdoors Inaugural $1,800
Newton Open Studios Newton Open Studios $1,000
Newton PorchFest Newton PorchFest 2023 $215
Newton Pride Corporation Linda Plaut Festival of the Arts $2,500
Newton Pride Corporation WinterFEST $650
Newton Theatre Company, Inc. The Monologue Project: LGBTQ+ Celebration $1,295
Nunweiler, Alexandria Dance & Cake: A Community Movement Project $645
Rehearsal for Life, Inc. Rehearsal for Life's Freelance Players $200
Seraphim Singers, Inc. Songs of Earth: Edie Hill Commission $650
Shalom-Kobii, Tal Shalom Women for Peace and Social Justice $650
Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Inc. Sauntering Songs $1,075
Sons of the American Legion Squadron 440 Saturday Night Live at the Legion First Wednesday Blues Jam $645
Suzuki School of Newton, Inc. Suzuki Playathon $900
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts MCA’s WCT ASL Storytime & Interactive Creativity Workshop $430
The Highland Glee Club of Newton, Inc. Spring Concert $1,800
The Newton Historical Society, Inc. North of the Tracks: A Newton Corner Story $955
Tincknell, Roger L. Swinging on a Star Intergeneration music concert $280
Waban Improvement Society, Inc. Newton Piano Summit $2,500
Wangh, Rebecca EveryBody Signs $750
Webb, Ann Spring Hafla 2023 $500

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