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South Hadley Cultural Council

We strive to encourage interest and participation in local arts and cultural activities.


John Anz, Chair

South Hadley Public Library
2 Canal Street
South Hadley, MA 01075-2768

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

The South Hadley Cultural Council welcomes applications from individuals and groups that promote the arts, humanities, and sciences through programs that entertain and inspire the citizens of South Hadley. The Council 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.

They especially welcome applications for:

–Programs and organizations by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities
–Programs and organizations that make arts and culture more accessible to more South Hadley residents, including individuals with disabilities, low-income communities, seniors, and individual artists
–Programs and organization that bring art and culture to students in South Hadley Public Schools and to South Hadley youth

Applications for projects or operating support should be convincing about the way the program benefits the citizens of South Hadley. Our 2023 Community Input Survey suggests that residents favor programs relating to music, theater, festivals, educational offerings for adults, nature walks and classes, visual art, and local history.

Applicants must reside or be located in Massachusetts.

The deadline for submission of FY24 applications is October 17, 2023. Late applications cannot be considered.

The more confirmed details in your plan–e.g., venue, date, time, other means of support–the stronger your application will be. Letters of venue confirmation and other financial support should be included with the application, if available.

Virtual programs will be considered if they demonstrate easy access and clear benefit for South Hadley residents.

Please note that if your project was funded in a previous year and postponed to this fiscal year, that project is not eligible for additional funding in this fiscal year.

FY24 Local Guidelines

A guideline highlight is provided below; however, it is important for applicants to read the full LCC guidelines. (See link below.) These provide essential details as to the grant process including eligibility criteria to which the South Hadley Cultural Council adheres when awarding funds.

To the extent possible, applications should include:
– Detailed descriptions of the program or project
– Qualifications or track record of the applicant
– Program venue, date, and time (or timeframe), with as much specificity as possible. The project should be planned for completion between January and December 2024.
– Publicity plan for the event (don’t forget social media!)
– Accessibility accommodations
– Other source(s) of financial support. (As a rule of thumb, no more than 50% of the total budget should be requested from the Council, and the proposal should be able to proceed with partial funding.)
– Signed letters of support from the host venue and any other local partner, if available.
– Thoughtful explanation of projected benefit to South Hadley residents and community.

Note that grant funds may not be used for food or refreshments.

All applications must be submitted online via the Mass Cultural Council. If you are unable to access a computer or the internet, please call Grants Manager Geraldine de Berly at 315-396-4614.

While applications must be submitted online, a PDF of the application is available on the Mass Cultural Council website to assist you in preparing the submission. Reviewing this document will be most helpful in completing the grant application.

On September 12 at 6 pm there will be an information session webinar for applicants. You may register for this on the MCC website.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Abramson, Tyler Rai tidewater $600
Arcadia Players, Inc. Arcadia Players 33rd Season $500
Comeau, Robert South Hadley Historical Tours $200
Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range, Inc. Summit House Sunset Concert Series $400
Friends of the South Hadley Seniors, Inc. Dan Kane and Friends Holiday Concert $400
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Families Suggests $100
Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Inc. Mercy - Lang 'The Little Match Girl Passion,' Schütz 'Musikalische Exequien,' and a world-premiere commission by Brandon Waddles $1,000
Ishutkina, Tatyana Let's Build a Roof over the World $500
Lappen, Henry Henry the Juggler Performance $225
Longstreeth, Ken Free Concert by Jeff Gavioli and his BAD NEWS JAZZ AND BLUES ORCHESTRA featuring Cindy Reed at SH Senior Center $700
Matteson, Richard The Loomis Chorus Sings at the Senior Center $200
Mosier Elementary School Birds of Prey $250
Neill, David Music concert by the Jazz Bones $350
Northampton Center for the Arts, Inc. 2023 Youth Performance Festival $500
Plasse, Richard Name That TV Theme or Possible Dance $200
Rohan, Marie Growing Together $120
Shea, Maureen Library Dances 2023 $200
South Hadley Community Band Annual Fireworks Concert $200
South Hadley Family Center, Inc. South Hadley Family Center - Children’s Summer Concert Series $600
South Hadley Historical Society, Inc. The Larrow Glass Slides Project $495
South Hadley Public Library History of One of the Industrial Powerhouses of South Hadley $150
South Hadley Recreation Department Summer Concerts on the Common $750
South Hadley Recreation Department South Hadley Fireworks - Community Band $750
Survival Centers, Inc. Tunes@Noon $400
Swift, Joshua Creative Dance Classes $100
The Performance Project, Inc. "Mother Tongue" by First Generation $750
The South Hadley Community Chorus, Inc. South Hadley Community Chorus, Inc. DBA: South Hadley Chorale Program Year and Concert $850
Tincknell, Roger L. Children's Songs and Singing Games Family Concert $275
Town of South Hadley Plimoth Plantation $500
Valley Arts Mentors Valley Arts Mentors: Mentorship Program and Webinar Series $500
Vann, Abigail Foxes, Bears, and Coyotes, Oh my! $135
Witt, Mary Music for the Soul $150
York, Matt Johnny Cash - Songs & Stories $300

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on December 3, 2023 at 12:01 AM UTC
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