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Greenfield Local Cultural Council

The Greenfield Local Cultural Council members aim to expand our cultural options in Greenfield. We are a small group that represents a wide range of people and interests. We hope to support a range of activities that allow something for everyone in our fine community.


Tim Fisk

Greenfield Community and Economic Development
14 Court Square
Greenfield, MA 01301-3510

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FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

We are dedicated first and foremost to our home community and to that end our funding priorities direct themselves to arts, humanities, and science endeavors that are in Greenfield and open to the public. GLCC is deeply committed to supporting Greenfield-based artists, performers, and venues who contribute to the cultural richness of the area.

FY24 Local Guidelines

Application deadline. All applicants must submit completed applications by the statewide deadline, October 17. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Types of grants. A LCC 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, based on local priorities. Each LCC determines its own local eligibility requirements based on the community engagement process.

Grant amounts. Local Cultural Council grants vary by council, and are determined by each LCC. Mass Cultural Council strongly encourages granting no less than a minimum of $250 to each approved application. To get a sense of typical award amounts, applicants should review the funding list on each council’s profile on the Agency’s site.

Program eligibility. Applicants may apply for grants for programs that take place during an 18-month window of eligibility from July 1, preceding the application deadline in October, through December 31 of the following year. This means that applicants may apply for projects that have already happened or which happen prior to grant announcements of the current fiscal year cycle, with the knowledge that funding is not guaranteed. LCCs are authorized to establish a smaller window of eligibility; if they do so, they must publish the eligible dates in their council guidelines.

Applicant eligibility. Applicants must reside or be located in Massachusetts. LCCs may accept applications from anyone included in the following list. LCCs are authorized to prioritize eligible applicant types or limit which types of applicants they fund; if they do so, they must publish the eligibility in their council guidelines:

Individuals. Individual applicants, which includes sole proprietors, must show that a public benefit results from the project for which they are applying. Individual members of LCCs may apply for funding from their own Local Cultural Council but must observe all conflict-of-interest laws and regulations in the granting process. LCCs may also establish their own rules regarding applications from fellow members if these are consistent with the state’s conflict-of-interest laws (see Appendix B).

Incorporated non-profit organizations. Organizations incorporated as nonprofits with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Unincorporated associations. A group of individuals coming together with a common purpose (e.g., local community band, theater group) that do not have nonprofit status.

Incorporated for-profit organizations. For-profit organizations incorporated with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. This includes corporations, partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies (LLC). Applicants must show that a public benefit results from the project for which they are applying.

Tribal, federal, state, and municipal government organizations. This includes any governmental entity such as public schools, libraries, other municipal agencies, and the Local Cultural Council itself.

Religious organizations. LCCs cannot fund activities that are “inherently religious” such as religious worship, instruction, and proselytization. Religious organizations or groups with a religious affiliation are eligible to apply for funding for a project or program that: is available to the general public. has purpose of benefitting the public, not the religious organization.

Criteria These four rules must be followed in the review of all funding decisions and are equally important. LCCs have the option of developing local review criteria and may decide how to weigh their importance:

1. Arts, Humanities, and Sciences

2. Public Benefit

3. Non-Discrimination

4. Local Priorities

Arts, Humanities, and Sciences. LCC funds may only be used to support the creative and cultural sector through programs broadest sense. How does Mass Cultural Council define the arts, humanities, and sciences?

Arts refer to the creation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and inter-disciplinary arts. They also include the presentation, preservation of, and education about works in these disciplines.

Humanities are types of learning that deal with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.

Science is limited to its cultural, interpretive, and educational expression and refers to types of learning that deal with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people’s lives. Some organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.

Public Benefit. LCC funds must support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community rather than benefiting any private individual or group. However, this does not mean that a large crowd of people needs to participate to satisfy the public benefit requirement. Whenever possible, activities funded by LCCs should be available to the public or community by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means. An important component of public benefit is advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Programs do not need to be in-person to provide public benefit. Virtual and remote programming are also effective ways to make programming available to the public.

In looking at the requirement of applicants to offer public benefit to a community, LCCs should look towards responses from their community engagement process to better inform their council priorities.

Non-Discrimination. In accordance with state law, LCCs may not discriminate against applicants and/or programs based on age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographicorigin, or immigration, military, or socio-economic status. Nor may LCCs fund projects that discriminate based on these attributes.

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 public. Federal law mandates that any programs or services that receive federal or state funding must be accessible to persons with disabilities and there must be reasonable accommodation made to provide an accessible environment. All events and programs funded by 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 LCC has concerns about access for persons with disabilities, the council may choose to award a conditional approval (see the “Grant Provisions” section). This would allow the applicant the opportunity address the concerns and improve access as a condition of receiving the grant.

For further information on ensuring accessible programming, please refer to the Accessibility Compliance Tools for Grantees and for the Agency’s Access Policy.

Grant Restrictions. Refreshments. Grant funds received from a LCC may not be used to purchase food or beverages of any kind.

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

Direct Grants

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Antenna Cloud Farm Antenna Cloud Farm 2023 Season $350
Arena Civic Theatre, Inc. Annual Youth Program $800
Artspace Community Arts Center String Spectacular $750
Baker, Meguey Rivers, Roads, and Rails: Transportation history of Greenfield - website $150
Brewster, Vanessa Looky Here Magazine $601
Catalyst 22 Mira and the Liminal Dimension $200
Clay, Sarah Whisper Not $250
Elkus, Eli Musical Storytelling Series $800
Friends of the Franklin County Fairgrounds, Inc. Fairgrounds Welcome Art Phase 2 $1,200
Greenfield Military Band Greenfield Military Band 2023 Summer Concert Series $400
Greenfield Recreation Department Greenfield Winter Carnival Ice Sculptures $1,200
Greenfield Recreation Department Greenfield Skatepark Art $150
Hidden Canvas Mural Project Soar with Greenfield: A Sculpture Installation by Dr. Thomas Zaccheo $800
Hidden Canvas Mural Project Mural Art Installation by Xylor Jane $600
Hilltown Families, Inc. Hilltown Families Suggests $400
LOCULUS Collective LOCULUS Presents The Second Annual SIDEWAYS DOOR: A Festival of Ecstasies & Escape Routes $750
Lanza-Weil, Carmela Coping with Covid; Isolation Stories (working title) $200
Local Access to Valley Arts On the Boards & Off the Shelf $560
Looky Here, Inc. Looky Here 5 Year Anniversary Art Auction Gala $500
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $200
MUSIC I am Autistic I am Fantastic $400
Mennella, Cheli The Three Billy Goats Gruff: In Silhouette $250
Musica Franklin, Inc. Community Concert Series $500
Native Plant Trust, Inc. Plant Communities of Massachusetts $200
Owens, George PaxSax Concert $200
Percival, Ann E. Dear Ella- Music for Education and Joy $300
Pioneer Valley Symphony, Inc. “The Mystery of the Missing Music” - 2023 Education Concert $800
Piti Theatre Company 6th Annual Great Greenfield DinoFest $300
Richardson, Richie FAB Passion Fashion Week New England 2023 (FPFW 2023) $1,000
Ritornello Music Stories of Resilience: Women Composers of the Baroque $500
Ryan, Elizabeth Stone Soup Cafe $400
Sacred Holistic Arts Pottery for the people $100
Stepanek, Julie Learn How to Play the Ukulele $200
The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. Full Snow Moon Eastern Woodlands Gathering and Social Dance $1,000
Whiton, Lindy Voices From the Rookery $150

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