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Deerfield Cultural Council

The priority of the Deerfield Cultural Council is to bring new and varied programs to all ages of our population. We award the funds to the applicant in each category that will reach the most residents.

1. We try to allocate intergenerationally, events that are accessible to all ages will be prioritized.

2. We give preference to events that take place in town or have free or reduced ticket prices for our residents.

3. We give preference to applicants that have a plan for COVID-19 in the event that it’s necessary. Events can be offered online (ex. Via Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) and/or outdoors, or have an established rescheduling plan with the venue.

4. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that persons with disabilities have access to public programs or services on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. Furthermore, federal law mandates that any programs or service that receives federal or state funding must be accessible to persons with disabilities and reasonable accommodation be made to provide an accessible environment. Therefore, all events and programs funded by the LCCs must consider access for persons with disabilities, including the facility or event location as well as the content of the program. To ensure equitable access, an applicant’s first step is a candid assessment and identification of barriers (physical, virtual, cultural, communication) followed by a bold and innovative plan for improvement. If an applicant puts forward a proposal for a project with strong potential for public benefit, but the Local Cultural Council has concerns about access for persons with disabilities, the council may choose to award a conditional approval. This would allow the applicant the opportunity address the concerns and improve access as a condition of receiving the grant.

5. If the event is to be held in person, you, as the applicant, must provide the venue and indicate that you have received permission to use that venue. < 6. Generally smaller grants are more likely to be funded. (We are splitting up a very small pie.) We cannot stress enough the need for the applicant to have an approved plan with a venue and a budget in place before applying. This confirms that our community is invested in the event and will work towards its success.

7. We give priority to projects that increase awareness of cultural diversity and/or elevate the voices of historically marginalized groups. Projects should create opportunities for artists and community members who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQX, refugee, immigrant, or persons living with a disability. Projects may include coalition building, research, leadership, and youth development.


Emily Gaylord

Deerfield Town Hall
8 Conway Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373-1021

Application Information

FY23 Allocation


FY23 Local Priorities

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FY23 Local Guidelines

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How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Reimbursement Grants

FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Arena Civic Theatre, Inc. Arena Civic Theatre presents "Reflec7ions" $250
Bates III, Davis R. Raising Our Voices: A Summer Reading Performance $250
Deerfield Recreation Department Union Jack Band $250
Deerfield Recreation Department Artful Mechanisms $250
Ferguson, Carrie Carrie Ferguson and the Grumpytime Club Band concert at Tilton Library $250
Frontier Regional CFCE/Union 38 Family Network Families in Nature with the Hitchcock Center $250
Lanza-Weil, Carmela Coping with Covid; Isolation Stories (working title) $500
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $280
Neill, David Music concert by the Jazz Bones $350
Nelson Legacy Project Juanita Nelson's 100th Birthday Extravaganza: A festival of Nonviolence, Simple Living, and Political Activism $520
Piti Theatre Company Night at the Deerfield Museum: Underrepresented Stories From Franklin County $400
Sobel, Anna R. Puppetry Residency $200
Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. Outcomes $400
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. Full Snow Moon Eastern Woodlands Gathering and Social Dance $250
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. 10th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival $250
Tilton Library Empowering Young People through Fabric Arts $150
Tilton Library Library Beats Drum and Rhythm $250
Tilton Library Indigo Vat & Shibori Dyeing $200
Wirt, Edward New England Sax/Wind Quartet $250
York, Matt Johnny Cash Songs & Stories $250
lemos, tonya Botanical Art Workshop Mini Series $250

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