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Bernardston Cultural Council

The Bernardston Cultural Council will consider all applications. Forms must be submitted online through by the deadline of Oct. 17th.

To be considered we require the following;
A definite venue. The venue must be confirmed prior to submitting the grant request.

The date of the event or program must be confirmed and submitted with your online application.

If you are awarded a grant (partial or full), you are fully responsible for the creation and distribution of all marketing and publicity materials. All programs must be advertised properly.

We encourage all artists or persons to apply. It is important to be able to offer diverse programming in our town. We might not always be able to fully fund each application, but we try to consider as many as possible.

Due to the high amount of applications we receive each year, and to the limited funds we are able to provide, an applicant’s chances of receiving funding are increased when the grant amount requested is below $500.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is excited to announce that the Local Cultural Council Program online application is now available. All applications will need to be submitted online at

Please read local and State Guidelines carefully. Massachusetts cultural funds are not to be used to replace existing public funds for programs in the arts and humanities.

We receive a large amount of grant requests and can only consider complete applications. We truly appreciate your cooperation.

The Bernardston Cultural Council.


Sheila Damkoehler Co-Chair

38 Church Street
Bernardston, MA 01337-8500

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

Bernardston Council Priorities

The Bernardston Cultural Council gathers input from the community yearly and develops funding priorities based on this feedback. This year the Bernardston Cultural Council will give priority to:
• Applicants that have secured a local venue
• Projects that serve youth or the elderly
• Projects that focus on local history

In addition to the state criteria applications will be evaluated using the following review criteria:
• How well the program meets our local priorities
• Community support and involvement
• Evidence of track record and dedication of the applicant
• Ability to address the diverse cultural needs of a community’s underserved populations or support diverse forms of cultural activities
• Financial need
• Demonstrated planning

FY23 Local Guidelines

Information not provided

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Bernardston Elementary School Paddington Gets in a Jam $342
Bernardston Elementary School Willy Wonka Jr. at JCPA $500
Clay, Sarah Whisper Not $490
Cushman Library Concert by the Pond ~ Zara Bode's Little Big Band $1,500
Deerfield Valley Art Association Student Art Brings Literature to Life in a Professional Gallery $100
Deerfield Valley Art Association Art &….: The Intersection of Art and Disciplines that Touch Our Lives--Music, Science, Religion, History, Medicine $200
Goodwin, Todd Growing Up Grubby: Stories and Songs from the 1950s and 60s. $468
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Famiiles Suggests $200
Hilltown Youth Performing Arts Program, Inc. The Hilltown Youth Recovery Theatre Summer Workshop $200
Local Access to Valley Arts On the Boards/Off the Shelf $100
Mennella, Cheli The Three Billy Goats Gruff: In Silhouette $200
Pioneer Valley Regional School Virginia International Music Festival $500
Pioneer Valley Symphony, Inc. “The Mystery of the Missing Music” - 2023 Education Concert $150
Snyder, Sara Joy of Song Community Sings $300
The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center, Inc. The Power of Place: Finding a Sense of Belonging Through Story, Conversation and Song / A keynote concert that celebrates our connections to Franklin County $200
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. Full Snow Moon Eastern Woodlands Gathering and Social Dance $150
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. 10th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival $200

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on June 7, 2023 at 12:49 PM UTC
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