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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

FY25 Allocation


FY25 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.

FY25 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

FY24 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Barron, Shakia The Gathering: Kia the Key & Company Community Hip-Hop Workshop $500
Bombyx Brass Collective Bombyx Brass Collective Masterclasses and Performance $750
Clay, Sarah Blue Skies - Free Concert $250
Collaborative for Educational Services, Inc. South Hadley Kindergarten Readiness Music Performance $350
Comeau, Robert South Hadley Historical Tours and Presentations $150
Escamilla, Marshall Discovering Dinosaurs in the Pioneer Valley: A Place-Based Science Podcast for Kids $200
Friends of Buttery Brook Park Spring Welcome with A-Ray of Elvis $375
Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range, Inc. Summit House Sunset Concert Series $400
Friends of the South Hadley Seniors, Inc. 4th Annual Ice Cream Social $400
Gaylord Memorial Library Association Puppet Making for Teens and Adults $200
Get Movin' Fitness Music, Dance and Culture from Around the World $400
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Families Suggests $100
Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Inc. The Passing of the Year $400
Kachulis, Nick Life with Bill: A New Model for Aging. $300
Longstreeth, Ken Concert by Jeff Gavioli and his BAD NEWS JAZZ AND BLUES ORCHESTRA featuring Cindy Reed $500
Loomis Communities, Inc Loomis Village Sunday Music Series (enhanced performances) $500
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair and R&B LINE dance for Seniors! $300
Mankita, Jay Makerspace Build Along: Chain Reactions $300
Monkeyhouse, Inc. Dancing with Disabilities - Dance Documentary Project $500
Mosier Elementary School Ball in the House School Performance $500
Music On Main: Concerts at First Church Unsilenced - Hearing Afghanistan Today Activist music of composer & pianist Arson Fahim a conversation and chamber music concert with Arson Fahim & Cuatro Puntos Ensemble $250
Northampton Center for the Arts, Inc. 2024 Youth Performance Festival $300
Real Live Theatre RLT presents "When The Mind's Free" $250
Silverthorne Theater Company, Inc. Summer 2024 Season $500
South Hadley Community Band Holiday Concert $250
South Hadley Community Band Annual Fireworks Concert $250
South Hadley Family Center, Inc. SHFC Music Concert: Week of the Young Child $300
South Hadley High School SHHS Harlequins Musical Choreographer $750
South Hadley Music Parents Association, Inc. Sets, Costumes, Musicians, and Tech Crew for the South Hadley High School Musical $850
South Hadley Public Library Historic Homes of South Hadley Falls $150
South Hadley Public Library Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author/illustrator presentation $400
South Hadley Recreation Department Summer Concerts on the Common $750
South Hadley Recreation Department Community Band Sound and Expenses $750
Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Inc. SSO Musical Petting Zoo $500
Survival Centers, Inc. Tunes@Noon $200
Swift, Joshua Group Dance and Community $200
The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Inc. Puerto Abierto (Open Port) $500
The South Hadley Community Chorus, Inc. South Hadley Chorale Annual Concert $850
Theater Between Addresses To Serve The Hive $250
Valley Arts Mentors Valley Arts Mentors: Mentorship Program and Webinar Series $400
Valley Light Opera, Inc. Gilbert & Sullivan $500
Weaver, A. C. Shabbtai Tsvi $300
York, Matt Songs & Stories: The Words and Wisdom of Willie Nelson $220
the Wizard, Ed Alchemy Laborarory $225

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