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Chicopee Cultural Council

The Chicopee Cultural Council’s mission is to advance excellence and access to the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Through grants to artists, Arts organizations, independent council projects, volunteerism and community input, the Council aims to support local artists and enhance meaningful cultural experiences for the entire community. The Council strives towards good stewardship and community growth to promote wellness by contributing to our economic vitality and leveraging the power of the arts, culture and creativity for all citizens.

Cultural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically-marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Chicopee. Projects should create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, a Person of Color, LGBTQ+, refugee, immigrant, or person living with a disability. Projects may include coalition building, research, leadership, wellness, and youth development.

Members 2022: Chairperson: Jeannette Rivera, Secretary Lisa Hagar, Treasurer Kelly Reid, Vice-Treasurer and Information Tech: John Dumont, School Liaison- Ashton Malloy, and members: Charles Laboy, Debra Sutherland, Mike Sutherland and Craig Harris, Mary Jennings, Dan Bergeron, and Johnny Miranda-Alomar.

***Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm on the 3rd floor Chicopee City Hall Auditorium and subject to change. Zoom option available upon request.

For information, please email



Jeannette Rivera, Chair

PO Box 888
Chicopee, MA 01013-2806

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

The focus of 2024 grant proposals should remain similar to past years – community oriented arts, humanities, and science programs. This year the Council is encouraging new applicants to apply for grants and adding wellness providing programs to our priorities. The deadline to apply for 2024 Grant cycle is October 19, 2023(unless otherwise stated by MCC). Proposals past the deadline date will not be considered. For information on how to apply for grants contact the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Please contact the Chicopee Chicopee Council at with questions.
All written correspondence should be addressed to: Chicopee Cultural Council, P. O. Box 888, Chicopee, MA 01021

Our 2024 Priorities include:
Projects that elevate the voices and experiences of historically-marginalized groups to highlight the current and historical diversity of Chicopee.
Projects should create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as Black, Indigenous, a Person of Color, LGBTQ+, refugee, immigrant, or a person living with a disability.
Projects that promote equity and access.
Projects that include coalition building, research, leadership, wellness, and youth development.
Project applicants who are Chicopee residents and/or partner with a Chicopee business, organization or site will be given priority.

FY24 Local Guidelines

The Chicopee Cultural Council is part of a network of Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community -based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities each year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency which allocates funds to each community.

The Chicopee Cultural Council has an October 19, 2022 deadline (unless otherwise stated by MCC) for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for FY2024 grants that support cultural & creative activities in the community. This funding encourages individuals, groups and not-for-profit organizations to bring to the community unique programming that centers around the arts, humanities, history, wellness, or interpretive sciences for children, teens, adults and/or intergenerational groups.

* The project MUST take place between Jan. 1, 2024 and Dec. 31,2024 and paperwork submitted no later than 1 year from the award letter date. We offer DIRECT FUNDING which means, you DO NOT have to wait for your project to be completed to file for your funding, in fact, it’s recommended to file soon after your acceptance letter.
* Projects must take place in Chicopee unless the grantee or Council is working with other local cultural councils.
* Applicants must reside or be located in Massachusetts.
* Transportation costs cannot be funded
* Chaperone costs (for field trips) cannot be funded.
* Refreshments (food and beverages) cannot be funded.
* Scholarship applications will be considered only if applicant is an organization applying on behalf of an individual, if there is proof of a fair selection process, and if the council finds sufficient public benefit.
* Capital expenses (items valued over $500 with life of over 3 years) for municipal agencies and all other applicants are reimbursable.
* Project salaries for municipal employees may be eligible, if applicable guidelines are met.
* It is essential that all successful applicants submit their required paperwork in an accurate and timely manner

* Applicant Pitch & Question night will be held on Friday, October 13 from 5:00-7:30pm at Chicopee City Hall (3rd Floor auditorium & zoom). A 3 minute video submission is acceptable if you are unable to attend, please submit to by October 11th. This event is an optional opportunity to speak about your grant submission, ask and answer questions of the council, and will in no way impact your submission if you are unable to attend or submit a video.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
All Our Kids, Inc. Foster Families at the Big E $775
Anna E. Barry School School Enrichment $1,220
Barrett, Cynthia Emma and Belley: Little Detectives, A Bilingual Book $150
Bates III, Davis R. Raising Our Voices: A Library Summer Reading Performance $500
Bowie School Old Sturbridge Village 2023 $1,250
Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee, Inc. Photography Exploration Program $2,000
Campbell, Sara Where Were You in 1950? See What the 1950 Census Tells Us $200
Chicopee Parks & Recreation Aldenville Commons Summer Concert Series $1,500
Chicopee Parks & Recreation Fourth of July Concert Celebration $1,000
Chicopee Public Library The Nields $1,000
Chicopee Public Library New Inca Son $1,500
Chicopee Public Library Tanglewood Marionettes: The Dragon King $725
Chicopee Public Schools Pottery for the People $7,475
Chicopee Public Schools Elementary School Snack and Paint $8,000
ChicopeeTV Film Club Short Film $2,300
ChicopeeTV ChicopeeTV's Center Stage: Season 3 $2,000
City of Chicopee Puerto Rican Heritage celebration event $3,000
Cobb, Ruth United Program for Arts $225
Comeau, Robert Chicopee Historical Tours $400
Dworkin, Motoko Tales & Origami for Teens $500
Ferguson, Carrie Carrie Ferguson and the Grumpytime Club Band concert $550
Hurlbut, Steven M. Jumpin' Juba Library Concert $325
Jennings, Mary Monthly spoken word open stage at the Art Lounge $1,000
Keezing, Jonathan A. TIMELESS TALES! $300
Laboy, Charles One Strong Community Program Internship 2022 $2,000
Lambert Lavoie Elementary School Berkshire Theatre Group at Lambert Lavoie School $1,325
Lambert Lavoie Elementary School Hansel and Grettel come to Lambert Lavoie School $1,400
Lewis, Stephen Internatiional Womens' Day - a poster exhibition $180
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $600
Maichack, Gregory The Rose: Find Your Voice with Pastel Painting $520
Novi Cantori of Greater Springfield, Inc. Novi Cantori Concert $600
Patrick E. Bowe School Springfield Museums $825
Plasse, Richard Name That Tv Theme $500
Ross, Sheldon Premier Brass Quartet Performance & Sing Along $385
Small Planet Dancers Wassail! A Victorian Holiday $450
Smith, Trevor Laugh for the Fun of it $350
Sobel, Anna R. Two Dinosaurs Are Better Than One $300
Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. Outcomes $500
St. Joan of Arc/St. George School Tanglewood Marionettes come to St. Joan of Arc School $1,450
Sticca, Paul Chicopee Public Library Concerts - Acousticca $500
Stockwell, Bernadette Chicopee: Do Your ARt! $300
Tatft, Dorenda Intro to Meditation and the Law of Attraction for Children $1,800
The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Center Fresh Market Music Series $3,200
The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, Inc. Si Se Puede (Yes We Can) $3,000
The Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts Whom Do I Ask, Grandma and Grandpa are Gone, Discover Your Heritage with PGSMA $1,000
Valley Arts Mentors Valley Arts Mentors: Mentorship Program & Webinar Series $750
Watsky, Craig A Celebration of "Rise Up: Indigenous Music" publication $300
Watsky, Craig A Further Exploration of the Indigenous Presence in Chicopee and Western MA $1,500
Watsky, Craig Drum Away the Blues $900
Watsky, Craig Drum Away the Blues $900
Watsky, Craig Celebration of Music $600
Witt, Mary Music for Community $1,000
Wofford, Wade URBAN ED - a film about education $5,000

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