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Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire

CCNB regrants funds from the Mass Cultural Council to individuals and organizations for projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. In addition, one or more individual artist is awarded $1,000 each year.
Eleven municipalities are represented. These municipalities are: Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams, Monroe, Savoy & Williamstown.

Contact

Cecilia Hirsch
Hirschcecilia7@gmail.com
413-441-7401

Address
PO Box 227
North Adams, MA 01247-0227

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Application Information

FY23 Allocation

$86,500

FY23 Local Priorities

The Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire makes grants available to:

1-Individuals and organizations for project grants that have a community benefit
2-schools and other non-profit educational entities
3-one individual artist, with the goal of supporting an eventual public exhibition

When evaluating grants, the Council takes into account the challenges of creating community in our region, due to transportation and other rural & demographic issues. Also:
-Grant proposals with digital content are accepted, but will be evaluated on the public benefit they bring to our 11 communities, as well as the grantee’s connection to these communities.
-Grants which solely lead to personal commercial gain are not supported
-We ask council members to refrain from a vote for any application with which they have any connection
-We aim to at least partially fund all proposals which receive strong scoring

In addition to meeting the state criteria, the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire requires the following:

If the applicant doesn’t reside in one of our 11 towns, the project must take place within one of our towns or be accessible remotely.

Venue invitation letters are required in two instances::

1 – If the applicant does not reside in the CCNB area, the application must contain a venue invitation letter signed by a representative from the local hosting venue, preferably on letterhead stationery, confirming that the event will take place at that venue. Phone and email contact information must be included.

2 – If the applicant is not the hosting venue, but is using the venue for the project.

If a venue (school, library, theater, etc) is organizing and completing the project, no venue confirmation letter is needed.

Venues should be handicap accessible.

If a project is digital in delivery, no venue letter is needed.

3 – Applications for an individual artist award are invited from individual artists. The award may support any expense that enhances the artist’s ability to create his/her/ their work such as supplies, materials, equipment, rent, travel, residencies, etc.

Artists are chosen based on the excellence of the artist’s work as evidenced by samples of recent work submitted as part of the application as well as the potential of the project to advance the artist’s work. Relevance to our communities is often considered, but is not a requirement.

The chosen artist will work with the cultural council to create an exhibit/performance of the work created as a result of the grant in one of the eleven towns. During the run of the exhibit/performance, a reception for all grantees may also be held.

FY23 Local Guidelines

In addition to meeting the state criteria, the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire requires the following:

If the applicant doesn’t reside in one of our 11 towns, the project must take place within one of our towns or be accessible remotely.

Venue invitation letters are required in two instances::

1 – If the applicant does not reside in the CCNB area, the application must contain a venue invitation letter signed by a representative from the local hosting venue, preferably on letterhead stationery, confirming that the event will take place at that venue. Phone and email contact information must be included.

2 – If the applicant is not the hosting venue, but is using the venue for the project.

If a venue (school, library, theater, etc) is organizing and completing the project, no venue confirmation letter is needed.

Venues should be handicap accessible.

If a project is digital in delivery, no venue letter is needed.

3 – Applications for an individual artist award are invited from individual artists. The award may support any expense that enhances the artist’s ability to create his/her/ their work such as supplies, materials, equipment, rent, travel, residencies, etc.

Artists are chosen based on the excellence of the artist’s work as evidenced by samples of recent work submitted as part of the application as well as the potential of the project to advance the artist’s work. Relevance to our communities is often considered, but is not a requirement.
The chosen artist will work with the cultural council to create an exhibit/performance of the work created as a result of the grant in one of the eleven towns. During the run of the exhibit/performance, a reception for all grantees may also be held.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY23 Funding List

A grant list will be published here after January 17, 2023 and once the Local Cultural Council has finalized their decisions.

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Mass Cultural Council publishes any updates as they become available. Last update was made on November 29, 2022 at 01:30 PM UTC
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